Functions of Missional Communities

Certain critical, core functions of our life together as the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina are assigned to the three Missional Communities (East, Central, and West) in order to link them more closely to the congregations that make up the Presbytery and to enable the Mission Communities to respond more quickly and concretely to the needs of local congregations and their members.

The new Presbytery plan does not spell out how these core functions should be carried out. We trust that each Missional Community will develop a variety of ways of addressing these (and other functions) in their part of the Presbytery. These responses may well involve sharing ideas, personnel, and resources across two or more of the Missional Communities – just as a Missional Community may focus its attention on a part of its region.

In addition to informal coordination among the three Missional Communities, a major part of the work of the Presbytery Mission Cabinet will be to learn from and enable the mission of the three Missional Communities.

The functions listed below are intended as suggestions for consideration by the Missional Communities as they plan their work and life together. Programs to support these critical functions might take place at Community Gatherings, in other Community-wide events, or in smaller groupings of congregations.

CF-1.00          Christian Formation

The Missional Communities (either jointly or independently) should consider opportunities to promote Christian formation and leadership development within and among their congregations. Such formation should focus on equipping leaders and members of our congregations to be more active disciples and apostles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and to support the ministry and mission of their congregations.

CF-2.00          Congregational Vitality (Transformation)

The Missional Communities (either jointly or independently) should consider opportunities to develop vibrant congregations within and among their Communities. Such development should focus on assisting congregations to discover the abundant spiritual resources within our faith in Jesus Christ and a clearer sense of their call to join in God’s mission in the world.

CF-3.00          Shared Mission

To promote and support the mission of Presbytery and PC(USA), special ministries such as campus ministries, prison ministries, counseling centers, and ecumenical and institutional relations.

The Missional Communities (either jointly or independently) should consider opportunities to develop concrete ways that congregations or groups of congregations could join together in God’s mission to the world. These shared mission opportunities could take many forms including joint work camps, community gardens or other hunger action projects, support of mission coworkers in other countries through Presbyterian World Mission, mission fairs, Habitat for Humanity builds, barn-raisings for neighboring congregations, campus ministry programs, support of key community ministries within the Missional Community, etc.

CF-4.00          Sessional Records

To fulfill the Book of Order (G-3.0108a) responsibilities of annual review of the proceedings and actions of sessions under its care.

The Missional Communities (either jointly or independently) should develop mechanisms for the review of sessional records including their minutes, rolls, and registers and report their findings to the Missional Community or Presbytery as appropriate.