As ECO fulfills its mission of building flourishing churches, we will live into our Core Values. One of those Core Values is Missional Centrality, defined as “living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.” For this reason, we have a priority on global engagement to support ECO congregations in their contribution to the Great Commission. Because ECO seeks to function differently than traditional denominations, our mission approach emphasizes the role of the local church in mission globally.
Encourage & Strengthen
The Director of Global Engagement serves to support ECO Congregations in their contribution to the Great Commission by identifying resources, opportunities, partners, and connections which encourage and strength their mission involvement. To do this effectively, she collaborates with Presbytery Global Advocates who share those opportunities and resources and provide mission leadership or networking in their region.
ECO invites your congregation to consider these key areas for your global mission engagement:
We encourage churches to continue in the mission ministry in which they are already involved. We are not encouraging them to stop doing what they have been doing so that they can do what we want them to do! Rather, we seek to develop ways to encourage and resource congregations so that they can continue their engagement more faithfully and effectively.
Some congregations are seeking new ways they can be involved, whether through missionary support, direct involvement themselves, or supporting work in other places in the world. For these expressed needs, we are drawing on the expertise of partner organizations rather than setting up a structure that consumes resources and duplicates what others are doing. Read more about our partnerships, and discover new opportunities to engage with them in God’s mission.
ECO congregations have indicated a need for other resources in order to build their own more effective global mission ministries. We know this because we asked them! Last spring, a global mission survey was conducted of ECO congregations. For a copy of the survey results, click HERE. Click on the links below to find resources developed in response to the survey.
There are so many organizations and resources available, we couldn’t possibly evaluate them all. Click HERE for other mission resources that the Global Engagement Team has found useful in building and strengthening mission in their own congregations. Watch for additional resources that will be posted in the future.
Congregations can actively help one another by sharing best practices. The Presbytery Global Advocates are currently discerning and experimenting on how to facilitate this important networking.
Continue to watch this space for additional resources to help improve your own congregation’s mission ministry. In the meantime, if you have any questions, suggestions or resources you would like to share, contact Jen Haddox, Director of Global Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Jennifer Haddox lives in Western PA where she previously served as the associate director of World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Seminary. She is passionate about inviting others into God's global purposes with experience leading short-term mission trips, coordinating and teaching Perspectives classes, and providing mission resources and teaching for congregations.