The Mission Priority Funds were established to provide Presbyterians the opportunity to channel their planned gifts into vitally needed areas of ministry and mission that match the areas of their interest and passion.
The Seven Mission Priority Funds are:
Creative Ministry with Children and Youth
There is an urgent need to launch and sustain vibrant children and youth programs in The Presbyterian Church in Canada today. The declining number of children and youth in our denomination is a worrisome trend. The purpose of this fund is to reverse that trend by providing additional money to initiate and carry out dynamic programs focused on ministry with children and youth. These projects can be done at any level of the church, from the local congregation to the national level.
Given the urgency of the need, contributed funds will be available immediately and fully disbursed within seven years after donations are made. It is possible, however, for those making larger gifts to the fund to endow their gift, if they so wish.
Projects supported by the fund will:
- encourage new, creative and innovative programs for children and youth to help them grow as disciples of Christ
- equip families to nurture faith in their children and grandchildren
- provide funding for local, regional or national initiatives in children and youth ministry
Healing and Reconciliation
“With God’s guidance our church will seek opportunities to walk with Indigenous peoples to find healing and wholeness together as God’s people.”
Those words conclude The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Confession to our Indigenous sisters and brothers adopted by General Assembly in 1994, and there are two mission priority funds which help do this: the Healing and Reconciliation Fund and the Indigenous Ministries Endowment Fund. These funds are opportunities for Presbyterians to be part of building new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
The Healing and Reconciliation Fund provides opportunities for building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through local leader workshops and congregational/community learning initiatives. Gifts to the Healing and Reconciliation Fund will continue the journey to healing and reconciliation by providing money for workshops for Presbyterians who are keen to be local leaders in their congregations and communities. The fund will also provide grants to support initiatives by youth groups, congregations and other courts of the church to learn about the issues of concern to Indigenous people and to walk with Indigenous people in addressing these issues.
One of the ways that The Presbyterian Church in Canada lives out its commitment to healing and reconciliation is through its support of ministries that focus on working with Indigenous people. The Indigenous Ministry Fund helps the eight recognized Indigenous ministries across the denomination work with Indigenous people to provide educational and spiritual programs designed to foster healing and cultural restoration. Gifts to the Indigenous Ministry Fund will provide a source of stable funding that will allow the Indigenous ministries to develop programs that:
- provide healing for Indigenous people through education about the history and impact of residential schools and colonialism,
- promote positive Indigenous identity,
- offer practical and spiritual support to Indigenous people.
In a time of declining church membership, when more and more congregations are closing or amalgamating, it is more important than ever for the church to provide strategic support for those engaged in new church development. The Growing Churches Fund was established by The Presbyterian Church in Canada to help presbyteries start new congregations and to support those called to this vital area of ministry. The Presbyterian Church in Canada presently provides funding for three to five new church starts each year. Our goal is to provide funding and trained leadership to start one additional church planting each year until we reach a minimum of twelve church starts a year by 2020.
The fund will help us meet this goal by:
- Providing funds for presbyteries to hire consultants in determining the opportunities for new church plantings in their area
- Encouraging presbyteries to use a variety of models for starting new congregations and new ministries
- Providing coaches and mentors to offer ongoing training and support for new church development (NCD) workers
- Funding continuing education opportunities and an annual NCD Conference for NCD workers
Mission Connections Fund
More and more Presbyterians are looking for short-term mission experiences in different cultures. These short-term experiences can transform lives – both of the participants and the mission partners. Wherever the PCC is engaged in mission, we work with partner churches and agencies who understand the cultural context of their communities. We go to teach and to learn, to give and to receive, working alongside our partners in a spirit of mutual understanding and respect.
The Mission Connections Fund helps:
- facilitate exchanges between congregations and mission partners
- provide training and orientation for people to participate in short-term mission programs
- cover the administrative costs for our mission partners to host mission groups
- provide knowledgeable people to facilitate short-term mission trips.
Your gifts to this fund will help The Presbyterian Church in Canada engage congregations and individuals in first-hand experiences of mission in Canada and around the world.
Living Links Missionary Endowment Fund
The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s long-term mission staff live and work with our partner churches and agencies. Over time they develop tremendous insight into the political, economic and spiritual context of the places where they minister and develop deep relationships of trust. They are the face of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in countries such as Malawi or India, and they are the face of our partner churches when they share their stories back home in Canada. They also facilitate the sending of short-term volunteers and mission trips by PCC members. They are truly the “living links” that bind our partnerships together.
The Living Links Missionary Endowment Fund is designed to be a permanent fund to provide income year after year to support long-term mission staff in the field. $1.2 million dollars will provide enough annual income to support one full-time missionary position and ensure that the living links with our partners remain strong and vital for generations to come.
Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
The Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Fund is one of the Mission Priority Funds established by The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The purpose of the fund is to strengthen the church for mission by strengthening its ministers. To thrive as leaders, ministers need ways to nourish their spiritual lives, intellectual growth and pastoral imagination, and to care for the health and well-being of themselves and their families.
This fund will help finance programs of learning, renewal and support for ministers through:
- grants to ministers for extensive study programs
- grants to ministers for new colleague covenant groups
- access to confidential assessment, counselling and referral, through an insurance provider, for actively serving ministers and their families.
The Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Fund received seed money of $180,000 from bequest funds generously donated by members of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. But the fund needs to grow, and you can help.
Priorities for Mission Fund
Finding it difficult to decide which mission priority fund to contribute to? A simple solution is to support the Priorities for Mission Fund, established by David and Margaret Craig in July 2015.
David and Margaret Craig are devoted Presbyterians who live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both Margaret and David have served the church and volunteered in the community for many decades. Their interest in and commitment to mission was greatly influenced by their families’ involvement in the church, the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS), the Atlantic Mission Society (AMS) as well as other charitable organizations and community service.
The Craigs established the Priorities for Mission Fund to provide financial support for the various PCC mission priority funds, which currently support children and youth ministry, growing churches, sending out mission staff, and more. It is expected that the various mission priority funds the PCC has will change over time, as ministry needs and opportunities change. The Priorities for Mission Fund is therefore designed to allocate annual disbursements into any one or more of the mission priority funds presently in existence or are added in the future, according to need and opportunity.
“Christ gave and continues to give to us,” the Craigs said. “His love inspires us to give. In giving we receive ‘life abundant,’ which is transforming us and inspires us to give even more.”
Join in the Craigs’ vision of making mission and ministry happen in much needed areas across the PCC, now and into the future. A gift of any size is vitally important.