Fourth Presbyterian Church supports mission outreach efforts in our city and our world.
World Mission | Urban Mission
Fourth Church has a sister relationship with the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, Cuba, which hosts a group from Fourth Church for an annual mission trip there. Groups have also traveled to Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Cameroon, and Northern Ireland for mission trips. In Guatemala, Common Hope and CEDEPCA have served as hosts. Please see below for more information on Cameroon and Northern Ireland.
Global mission is also supported through Fourth Church’s gift of $1 million towards the Joining Hearts and Hands campaign of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Joining Hearts and Hands is a denomination-wide effort, launched in 2002, in partnership with individuals, congregations, and presbyteries to raise $40 million for national church growth and the expansion of the PCUSA’s mission work abroad.
The $1 million gift to Joining Hearts and Hands was made from the church’s invested funds and contributed in the amount of $250,000 annually in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. During the first two years, the pledge supported mission coworkers in such countries as Ghana, Cuba, Colombia, and Haiti. During the latter two years, the gifts supported the South Sudan Education and Peace Initiative.
The World Mission and Social Justice Committee also allocates small grants to world mission projects each year. In 2015, Fourth Church financially supported the following programs:
Africa Circle of Hope Foundation
Cameroon America AIDS Alliance
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Faith in Practice
Geography of Hope
Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel
Light and Leadership Initiative
Paul Carlson Partnership
Helping Africans achieve a better quality of life
Fourth Presbyterian Church supports mission work in the West African nation of Cameroon, where average life expectancy is low and the infant mortality rate is high. Presbyterians are engaged in the efforts to tackle these problems. The Joining Hands against Hunger and RELUFA programs, for example, support grain banks to provide security to Cameroonian farmers. The Cameroon America AIDS Alliance (CAAA), founded by two members of Fourth Church, cares for those who are suffering from AIDS and educates people in ways to prevent disease and seek treatment.
Building peace, promoting reconciliation
Fourth Church supports the peace and reconciliation efforts of 174 Trust in Belfast. The 174 Trust has been facing down “the Troubles” through a vigorous community development process dedicated to demonstrating Christ’s values in action. Based in a former Presbyterian church and led by a Presbyterian pastor, Bill Shaw, the nondenominational organization has earned the respect of local Protestants and Catholics alike.
Information about mission trip opportunities through Fourth Presbyterian Church is available here.
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Both with volunteers and small funding grants, Fourth Church supports the outreach efforts of numerous organizations in Chicago. In 2015, the World Mission and Social Justice Committee allocated grants to organizations whose focus paralleled their own priorities for outreach and advocacy: antiviolence, poverty and hunger, and care for creation. The following organizations received small grants in 2015:
Care of Creation
Faith in Place
Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County
Community Renewal Society
Erie Neighborhood House
Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries
Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
National Runaway Safeline
Project Education Plus
Poverty and Hunger
Bread for the World
The Cara Program
The Career Transitions Center of Chicago
Chicago Fair Trade
The Chicago Homeless Sandwich Run
Erie Family Health Center
Lawyers’ Committee Better Housing
The Lighthouse Church of Chicago
New Life Baptist Church of Chicago
The Night Ministry
North Side Housing and Support
For more information on mission partners at Fourth Presbyterian Church, contact Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission (312.981.3598).