MCC centrality questioned by ProQuest


[Ron Mathies] suggests it will take "a couple of decades" to see if the re-organization proves wise. In the meantime, he expresses "great faith" in the broad MCC community. "It's the peoplehood," he says, "who pull things out of the fire," when necessary.In a decision with considerable consequence for the history of MCC, the global organizations at the gathering opted not to be part of an expanded MCC. "People were very grateful to MCC," says Pakisa Tshimika, MWCs global church advocate, but they did not want to "take MCC and turn it into a global entity." The groups decided to work towards greater collaboration within a formal network, but they did not want to become "little MCCs," says Tshimika. They did not want MCC to globalize in the way it had been considering.In a presentation at MCCs 90th anniversary this summer, Mathies articulated something of this tension by asking, "Will MCC try to become a more effective NGO, or will it serve the church?" Stated differently: Is the mission of MCC to raise as much money as possible, and help as much as possible, or is it to foster mutually enriching exchange between the two halves of what Mathies calls MCCs "two-fold constituency" (the North American donor churches and the "program partners and participants around the world")?

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