But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Jesus’ words are a reminder that God has a plan to accomplish and he sends all Christians, as global disciples out into the world to embody and proclaim the good news in both actions and words. His plan reaches into every city, village and jungle around the globe. In today’s increasingly smaller world, followers of Jesus have the opportunity to be global disciples as never before, playing a part in what God is doing both near and far.
Being Global Disciples is a short booklet designed to help congregations think through how to develop and sustain a lively, whole church, involvement in global mission. It unfolds two aspects congregational participation centred on developing one or more deep connections with a person, place or project which is the focus for a deep ongoing relationship, along with engaging with a range of easily accessible PCI initiatives which enable exposure to, and involvement in, the breadth of what God is doing in the world. Suggestions are designed to be readily integrated into the existing rhythms of church life and so do not demand a lot of extra effort to create space on already busy congregational agendas.
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Go Deep, Go Wide
In the busyness of congregational life and the immediate needs on our doorstep, it can be hard to prioritise our involvement in God’s work across the world as global disciples. Go Deep, Go Wide is a dual focus for increasing involvement in global mission within every congregation in PCI.
Going Deep is about planting something with roots to grow. Experience shows that congregation’s best develop an active, involvement in global mission, by having at least one deep relationship with a particular person, place or project.
Going Wide recognises that God’s mission has many aspects to it across that world that we might miss if we only focus on a few deep relationships. With some planning and publicity we can utilise established denominational opportunities as we stretch our horizons to enable involvement in the breadth of God’s global mission.
Two videos have been produced to help congregations consider how they increase involvement in global mission.
‘Go Deep, Go Wide’ is an animation that gives an overview of the strategy and ‘Going Deep’ tells three stories of deep relationships from congregations across the denomination.
These videos can be used in a church service to encourage greater global mission involvement.
PCI GO DEEP SUBTITLES from Presbyterian Church in Ireland on Vimeo.
For further information or support in helping your congregation grow its involvement in global mission contact firstname.lastname@example.org