The Life and Mission Agency works to fulfill the mandate given to it by the church:
- “striving, under the power of the Holy Spirit to enable the whole church to serve the whole world, and thus be a sign of the reign of God;
- being faithful to the Mission statement of the church, and to affirm the vision and desire of The Presbyterian Church in Canada to be a church integrating discipleship, evangelism, social action and justice ministry;
- responding flexibly, creatively and effectively to the needs of congregations and courts of the church as they seek assistance in responding to the call of Jesus Christ in mission;
- giving priority to doing what must be done at the national level and facilitating tasks that can be done more appropriately at another level of the church, or ecumenically.”
The Life and Mission Agency fulfills this mandate in various ways:
- providing resources to congregations, presbyteries and synods, and envisioning new and innovative models for ministries and congregational life;
- responding to disasters, the complex needs of refugees, and supporting life-giving long-term development projects;
- communicating both the good and the tragic stories of our church,
- working with Aboriginal peoples
- gathering youth from around the world at Canada Youth into a community and encouraging them to follow the way of Christ in whatever path they are called;
- studying tough issues of faith and justice, such as human sexuality and climate change;
- offering guidance for discerning vocations for ordained ministry and welcoming pastors from abroad;
- connecting with people in distant corners of God’s realm in order to encounter the diversity and the challenges of the followers of Christ’s way.
Lives are being changed;
The Presbyterian Church in Canada makes a difference.
LMA Committee Members
The denomination is blessed to have highly committed and gifted people from across Canada who serve the church as members of the Life and Mission Agency Committee. We are grateful to those who serve on the committee with diligence, faithfulness and dedication.
The Life and Mission Agency committee members are Ms. Ginny-Lou Alexander, the Rev. Dr. Tom Billard (Convener), Ms. Judy Dodds, Ms. Nancy Harvey, Mr. R. Aubrey Hawton, Ms. Vivian Ketchum, the Rev. Jeffrey Lackie, the Rev. Dr. Alfred H. S. Lee, Ms. Linda MacKinnon, the Rev. Donald McCallum, Ms. Susan McLennan, the Rev. Chuck Moon, Mr. Rob Robertson, the Rev. Douglas Schonberg, Ms. Cindy Stephenson, Ms. Carol Stymiest, Dr. Jo Szostak.
LMA committee members, General Secretary Ian Ross-McDonald and Life and Mission Agency Associate Secretaries.