How does ECO facilitate the sending of God’s people into the world?
As ECO fulfills its mission of building flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ, we recognize that we are part of the Global Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4), and are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
ECO’s Approach to Global Engagement
ECO’s priority in global engagement is to support ECO congregations in their participation in global mission. Our approach emphasizes the role of the local church in making disciples of all nations. To maintain a lean national staff structure, we are cultivating collaboration within ECO and drawing from the expertise of partner organizations for global engagement.
The Director of Global Engagement facilitates connections with partner organizations, resources mission leaders, and develops collaborative communities that will catalyze the engagement of ECO congregations in global mission. Rev. Dr. Jen Haddox is available to consult directly with your church or presbytery to help identify resources or connections to strengthen global engagement ministry.
ECO churches already have great resources of leadership and expertise in global mission!
- Presbytery Global Advocates serve as a regional resource for collaboration and equipping of mission leaders.
- The Global Engagement Resource Team works with the Director of Global Engagement to identify and develop mission resources for mission leaders.
- Communities of Global Engagement gather leaders around shared mission partners to collaborate, learn, and develop shared initiatives. Learn about how to join or initiate a Community of Global engagement here.
ECO is very fortunate to have strong relationships with experienced and well-respected mission agencies who share our core values. These organizations are eager to help ECO congregations develop global partnerships, make missionary connections, send your own members out into the world through full time mission work or short-term trips, and respond to the needs of the world in disaster response and long-term development. Learn more about our Partner Organizations here.
ECO invites your congregation to consider these key areas for your global mission engagement:
1) Deepen your current mission engagement
We encourage churches to continue in the mission ministry in which they are already involved. ECO seeks to develop resources to encourage congregations so that they can evaluate, strengthen, and grow their global engagement ministry. Click here to view mission resources for churches.
2) Collaborate with other ECO churches in mission
Congregations can actively help one another by sharing best practices and resources in global mission.
Participate in the Connecting Mission Leaders event, www.connectingmissionleaders.com.
Participate in a Community of Global Engagement.
3) Discern New Initiatives in Global Mission
With the support of partner organizations, ECO is pursuing several new initiatives for our congregations to engage in global mission. If you’d like to get involved or learn more, contact the Director of Global Engagement.