Mobilize persons into mission — locally, regionally and globally.
For all church fellowships and their members to use their talents, skills, professions, and resources to fulfill their God-given call to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) in the communities where they live, work, and play.
Why Missional Pathways?
The beginning of the 21st century has seen major shifts in the realities of mission work. These changes include:
- Reinvigorated vision for local mission engagement among North American churches
- Desire of donors to connect directly with a ministry, rather than with a “middleman” organization
- Rise in immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S.
- Waning loyalty to denominations and their mission agencies
- Rise in alternative channels for service and mission locally and internationally
- Reduced need for the comprehensive services provided by a traditional mission agency
- Missions, in the past characterized as “From the West to the rest,” now characterized as “From anywhere to everywhere”
Lancaster Mennonite Conference (LMC) and Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) initiated the Missional Pathways concept as a response to these new realities. Missional Pathways was conceived as a collaborative partnership between conferences and mission organizations.
What are the goals of Missional Pathways?
Missional Pathways acts as a hub of missional networking and resourcing, with connections both local and global. Its goals include:
- Encouraging the God-inspired impulses of those who seek to get engaged in missions
- Networking people, skills, expertise, and opportunities for greater effectiveness in mission for individuals, congregations, and other missional initiatives or entities
- Growing and maturing in conversation and relationship with missional practitioners and those who are seeking answers to problems/situations/callings
- Inviting others into an open network of relationships
- Connecting resources to needs
- Valuing collaboration, networking, connection, facilitation, and multiplication
- Nurturing organic connections and relationships
What does Missional Pathways NOT do?
- Directly supervise, own, or control missional initiatives (programs, people, projects)
- Centralize or collect expertise into its own central identity. The goal is to make connections and allow ownership, expertise, and initiatives to thrive in their own contexts
- Have its own employees