“Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, Presbyterian World Service & Development envisions a sustainable, compassionate and just world.”

This is the new vision statement emerging from PWS&D strategic planning process over the past year.

Throughout this process, with your valuable input, PWS&D has reaffirmed its commitment to serving those in need, developed strategies to better address emerging global issues, and looked for new ways to strengthen our international programs.

Our plan also aims to tap into the enormous potential of individuals and Presbyterian congregations to enact meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of vulnerable people around the world.

This plan forms the basis of our future direction. It outlines our vision, mission, theological foundation, guiding values, and the program priorities we will pursue to make our vision a reality.

Together, we will forge lasting solutions to global poverty and build a future of peace, equality and well-being for all creation – abundant life.

Image of arrow pointing downOur Strategic Vision

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Our Mission

Presbyterian, ecumenical and inclusive in our practice of faith, we gladly serve women and men, young and old, according to their need and regardless of their faith. In a world with too much poverty, injustice and oppression concentrated in nations of the South, we recognize the interrelation between our affluence and the suffering of others.

We are committed to service with churches and organizations seeking sustainable transformation of their communities, upholding compassion, justice, and partnership.

We undertake development, emergency and refugee activities that restore human dignity, ease the pain of want, promote self-help and encourage community cooperation that benefits all. We are sensitive to gender issues, empowerment of the marginalized and the protection of human rights.

We promote awareness of global issues, connecting Canadians to the needs of others throughout the world.

Faithful to our calling, we respond together.

Our Theological Statement

The ministry of PWS&D is rooted in the living hope of Jesus Christ and inspired by God’s promise of abundant life. It is an integral part of the ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

God enters into faithful relationship with those who respond to the divine calling. As Micah proclaimed, God requires that we “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God” (6:8).

In Jesus, God became human for our salvation. This love for humanity expressed in Jesus’ life must be demonstrated by the church and we follow him as we live for justice, mercy and peace.

We believe peace and well-being are God’s will for creation. As we respond together to the world’s pain and despair, we bear witness to the love of God among us.

We believe that injustice and inequality are an affront to the will of God and that our involvement in compassionate ministry with people throughout the world is an imperative of the Gospel.

Our Values

Compassion: PWS&D walks with distressed and marginalized people, listening carefully to their stories and responding effectively.

Justice: PWS&D works for equality, empowerment, human dignity, peace and stewardship of creation. In solidarity, we affirm that all people are entitled to know their rights, to receive equal protection, and to have access to and control over resources.

Partnership: PWS&D believes in dynamic relationships that involve mutual learning, trust, and shared vision. Healthy partnerships are accountable, ethical, equitable, flexible and respectful.

Our Priorities

Food security: Communities are learning innovative and sustainable agriculture practices to increase crop yields, improve nutrition, and build resilience to environmental changes.

Livelihoods: Families are empowered to meet their basic needs through education, skills training and small business development. When one person becomes self-reliant they are able to improve their quality of life, shape their future, and lift up others in their community.

Health: By ensuring mothers and children receive the medical care they need, caring for people affected by HIV and AIDS, and providing access to water and sanitation programs, families and communities are growing healthier and stronger.

Human rights: Injustices are combated through a shared commitment to human rights, with a special focus on promoting and protecting rights for women, children, workers, subsistence farmers, persons with disabilities, and refugees.

Refugees: No one is a refugee by choice. By sponsoring refugees to Canada, and advocating for and supporting refugees and displaced people around the world, families are able to rebuild their lives without fear of persecution.

Emergency relief: In the aftermath of conflict and disaster, immediate and long-term relief ensures the most vulnerable people have access to food, shelter and medical attention, and are able to recover from economic loss and emotional trauma.

Click through the presentation below to see the strategic actions that will make this plan a reality:


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