A Global Mission Church (GMC) understands itself to be inter-related with the whole of God’s creation across all physical and human-made barriers; and seeks to timely and appropriately meet God’s people and creation at the point of deepest need.
In 2013, South Church voted to become a Global Mission Church, and committed to a three year 18-point action plan to explore new ways of doing mission work. Being a Global Mission Church is an outward sign of our commitment; it communicates that we take mission seriously. In the process to become a Global Mission Church, two things were emphasized:
- As one might expect, “global” refers to the entire world. As such, the word “global” includes or encompasses local, regional, statewide, national, and international aspects of mission.
- It doesn’t take long for a visitor to figure out that South Church is a “church in mission”. We are involved in local mission when we support South Park Inn, Peter’s Retreat, and Salmon Brook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. We are involved in mission at the national level when we sponsor adult mission trips to Mississippi, Texas, and Maine; when we support Hawkwing; or when we offer opportunities to purchase Native American jewelry to support the Sioux YMCA Camp in South Dakota. We are involved in mission internationally when we sponsor trips to the Dominican Republic for Arm2Arm or when we sell fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate during coffee hours. We are involved in multi-level mission work when we participate in the annual CROP Walk or give to One Great Hour of Sharing.
The Global Mission goals South Church is striving to meet over the next three years include:
- Become a “Five for Five” Congregation
- Sponsor an annual Family Day for mission work in our community
- Sing new international hymns in worship
- Explore cooperative service opportunities with other faith communities
- Establish a “Global Missions” section of the South Church library
‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”’ – Isaiah 6:8