The mandate for missions comes first from Scripture, which says…"go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit..."
The tradition of Congregational churches' involvement in Christian missions began in the colonial period and is as long and faithful as any in American history. The Missionary Society is working to build an even deeper commitment to this ministry of outreach in the churches of our Association.
The present Missionary Society was established in 1954, and in 1961 became a Division of the Corporation for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. The statement of purpose for the Missionary Society appears in the Bylaws of the Corporation, as follows:
“To serve as the missionary agent of the churches of the National Association, and of such churches as desire its service; to receive, manage, and distribute such funds and properties as may be entrusted to it according to the expressed wishes of the donors, or in the absence of such designation, by vote of the division; to counsel with such Churches as call upon it in the area of their missionary concern: and generally to stimulate the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by such means as are in keeping with the basic principle of the Congregational Christian Churches...”
Volunteer board members serve this Division and its worldwide concerns. Funds received are disbursed through the Treasury of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Gifts are faithfully administered according to the wishes of the donors. Working in cooperation with its Executive Staff person, the Missionary Society monitors all selected projects so that individuals and churches in our Association may have confidence that their contributions are used with integrity and for purposes which are in valid support of Christian missions.
The Missionary Society strives to select projects that are distinctively Christian and distinctively Congregational. Currently, missionaries in ten countries are receiving our support. Aid is given to churches and other mission projects in the United States, some of which are cross-cultural in nature.
Every Dollar Given to Missions…Goes to Missions
Missionary Society Wish List - August 2012