During the 222nd (2016) General Assembly, the Way Forward Committee mandated that a team be appointed by the Co-Moderators, Jan Edmiston and T. Denise Anderson, and named as the Vision 2020 Team. The mandate was to develop a draft guiding statement for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a plan for its implementation. Our final report will be presented to the 224th (2020) General Assembly with the hope that the church will embrace the Guiding Statement as a tool for discernment, action, and vision.
Who is the Vision 2020 Team?
For generations before the industrial era, people used the north start to guide them to their destination. A vision statement describes the destination you are trying to reach. This guiding statement is the North Star that helps you navigate your way there. It helps focus the direction of the denomination while still allowing room for unique visions and missions.
What is a Guiding Statement?
The acronym Prayerful, Courageous, United, Serving, Alive (or PCUSA) came out of many hours working on different themes and words that we heard throughout the denomination and beyond. It was truly a Holy Spirit moment when we finally settled on these 5 words which just happen to spell out our name. No, really! The words came first, not the acronym! To know more, visit Our Story page.
Why was an acronym created?
This is for anyone looking for who PCUSA is or guidance on where our denomination is going. We have had individuals, congregations, presbyteries, synods, and the national church at large use the Guiding Statement as a tool for discernment. Check out our Stories page, or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date as stories are shared with us.
Who is this for?
You can use this for discernment, strategic planning, inspiration, visioning, personal reflection, liturgy, preaching, and so much more. This is designed to be a lens through which to see ministry in a different light. It is a platform on which many applications can be built. We designed this with the hope that it can be used in many different contexts in many different ways.
How do I use this?
On our Resources page, you can find documents to download and use to engage with the Guiding Statement. We will be updating it as the Vision 2020 Team creates resources so keep checking back!
What resources are available to me?
We want to hear how the Guiding Statement has helped you. If it's a personal story or one of an entire synod, we're excited to hear about it. Contact _____ if you are interested in writing your story or would like to be interviewed.
Who can I share my story with?
The three groups are working very close with each other. We are in constant communication with them as we continue to all understand how we can work together. We believe Hands and Feet and Matthew 25 are examples of ways we are living out the call to be Prayerful, Courageous, United, Serving and Alive!
How are we working with Matthew 25 and Hands and Feet?
There are several ways we can be reached: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out this form, message us on Facebook or Instagram, or find us at several events over the next few months. We'd love to hear from you!