What is the Presbyterian Global Fellowship all about? By God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, our mission is to transform mainline congregations into missional communities following Jesus Christ. We are committed to a vision for missional renewal, to connecting congregations and leaders with one another and with the global church, to sharing ideas and resources worldwide, and to stewarding our material gifts in service of Christ's mission.
The formation of PGF in 2006 reflects several important trends. New technologies and creative partnerships make it possible for Christians to connect with one another in unprecedented ways, both within a certain region of the world and across the globe. We believe this new reality offers significant opportunities to join together in God’s mission, and as a fellowship we are committed to innovative networking and new patterns in building relationships and sharing resources.
Secondly, although our fellowship is open to individuals and congregations from across the Reformed tradition, the congregations who initiated PGF were responding to the crisis within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The PC(USA) has been mired in theological, moral and institutional crisis. PGF was formed to give congregations and individuals the opportunity to identify with a fellowship in which they can confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ with integrity, take full advantage of new forms of partnership, and get on with the mission of the church!
Finally, this need to “get on with the mission” is urgent, in the midst of major changes in Western culture. While the Gospel flourishes in many areas of the global South, the church in the “Western World” (i.e. Europe, North America, Australia) is struggling to engage the mission field in its own backyard. Most of our congregations are not used to having a “missionary stance” towards Western culture. And yet we believe that God has called us to be just such a missionary people. So, we formed this new missional fellowship, experiencing a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit, expanding beyond denominational patterns in the way that we express our theological vision and connect with one another and with the global church.