By Gregg Brekke, Presbyterian News Service.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met via conference call last evening to receive a first-month report from interim executive director Tony De La Rosa and to hear an update on the churchwide survey from moderator Heath Rada.
De La Rosa began his remarks noting he had now been at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville for exactly one month, saying the amount of information he has been presented in that time was like “drinking from a fire hose.”
Preliminary observations included progress on the transitional 2016–2018 Mission Work Plan, which he indicated is nearing completion. The two-year span of the plan—a diversion from the standard four-year cycle—was, he said, “in anticipation of some larger reorganizations of our agencies.”
Pointing out the centrality of the Mission Work Plan and its use in guiding the work and priorities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, De La Rosa said, “We really need to recognize that we can no longer do everything that we once did or even that we are doing today.”