In addition to its roles as guardian of the vision of the Presbytery, monitor of administrative and fiduciary requirements, and coordination of ministry across the Presbytery, the Presbytery Mission Cabinet is charged with coordinating certain key functions of the whole Presbytery so that they are available to each Missional Community, Committee or other work group with in the Presbytery. Among these general functions are the following:
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to support the work of the Presbytery through good communication networks and technologies. Special attention should be given to equipping the committees, Missional Communities, and other parts of the Presbytery to share a coherent and positive message of our work for Jesus Christ in the world.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to promote Christian action on hunger issues including raising funds and distributing them to programs that address both the root causes of poverty and hunger and assisting those who are currently experiencing food insecurity. These approaches may be in coordination with the three Missional Communities or through other organizations, institutions, or congregational initiatives.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to promote our partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Presbytery and to encourage both congregation-to-congregation partnerships and joint projects in which the two presbyteries can share.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to support the development of various worshiping communities into congregations of this Presbytery as well as exploring new opportunities to establish worshiping communities and/or new church developments. The Presbytery’s Mission Cabinet is also responsible establishing a mechanism for supervising any new church developments and for encouraging the financial support of new church developments.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to support peacemaking efforts within the Presbytery and its Missional Communities by promoting and coordinating initiatives of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian mission to the United Nations and developing its own programs of peacemaking.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to continue to support and oversee the Presbytery’s Resource Center and its Director, the Associate for Resources. This will include establishing a budget for the Center, encouraging the use of the Center across the Presbytery, and by receiving the reports of the Director and supporting her work.
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet will establish a way to continue to support the Presbytery-wide Youth Program by receiving reports from the Associate for Youth Ministry, assisting in establishing and supporting the Presbytery Youth Council, and coordinating the Presbytery’s youth work with that may develop among the Missional Communities.
Temporary/Ad Hoc Functions
The Presbytery Mission Cabinet may establish special work groups and assign them short-term tasks as needed and appropriate. Any work group so formed should have a definite assignment, a budget within which to work, and a method of evaluation and reporting.