The Church is called to be Christ’s faith evangelist,
…participating in God’s activity in the world through its life for others by
…healing and reconciling and binding up wounds
…ministering to the needs of the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the powerless
…engaging in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger, and injustice
…giving itself and its substance to the service of those who suffer.
…sharing with Christ in the establishing of his just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world.
– BOOK OF ORDER, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
This unit is responsible for ministries of compassion beyond our four walls as we strive to serve Christ in the world. It is also responsible for the ongoing mission of the church to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Christ by encouraging members to actively share their faith in Christ with others so that they may know the love and grace of God in him. This unit bears the joyful responsibility of making Christ known in the world.
Local Mission & Volunteer Opportunities: In addition to determining how much financial support local agencies receive, this team stays abreast of local opportunities for the congregation to respond in service and then plans, implements, and coordinates those opportunities. This includes our participation in and with Ecumenical Faith in Action, along with regular congregational activities such as the Angel Tree for the residents of the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands in Wytheville, VA and Souper Bowl Sunday. Additionally, this group formulates the policies of the congregation regarding assistance to the needy and seeks ways to be proactive in making our congregation a community of hospitality, love, and local outreach to those who are in need.
National & Global Missions: This team determines which national and global organizations our congregation will support, both prayerfully and financially. They foster a relationship with missionaries and promote this relationship in the congregation, giving people a chance to develop a relationship with them. They also plan and coordinate opportunities to be involved with national and global agencies, such as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, etc.
Evangelism & Community Relations: This team is responsible for SSPC’s image in the community and for seeking ways for SSPC to partner with and engage the community for the sake of the Gospel.
Social Witness & Creation Care: It is this team’s responsibility to determine which, if any, justice issues our congregation should advocate for on a state or national level and make recommendations to the Session accordingly. This team also has responsibility for assuring that the congregation practices responsible stewardship of creation, recommending and overseeing efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Service/Work Trips: This team organizes all mission work trips of the congregation, regardless of age group or affiliated entity with which we are going. They work in concert with the Spiritual Formation & Discipleship Ministry Unit to make sure that each work trip is spiritually formative, in addition to being a witness for Christ in the world.
Co-Moderators: Angie Haynes and Richie Hooker