Mission Organizations

CC/Brett Jordan

In 2000, the Assembly of Delegates drafted the so-called Motion Pestalozzi as a formal mandate of cooperation between the FSPC member churches and the two relief organizations in Berne and Zurich, as well as the two mission organizations in Lausanne and Basel. In November 2004, the member churches adopted the framework agreement between the FSPC, mission 21 and DM - échange et mission, as well as the resulting service agreements, which went into effect in 2005. Formally, the agreements regulate the funding of individual theological services. With regard to substance, they serve to build mutual trust in the partnership and its potential of cooperation. The partner organizations started negotiating about a successor model in 2008. Two years later, they adopted the agreement on the Conference for the Coordination of Mission Organizations with the FSPC (KMS). The agreement went into effect in 2011, expanding the partners’ scope of activities. A basic contribution from the member churches supports the independent financing of mission work while the KMS itself is in charge of structuring the strategic direction and division of tasks. While the mission organizations (mission 21 and DM - échange et mission) fulfill the missionary mandate of the member churches, the KMS evaluates the key priorities, identity, definition and distinction of tasks such as mission, evangelization, and diaconal work.