Aid Agency and Missionary Organizations

Reliable partners

God’s unconditional love grants us the ability to love our neighbors unconditionally as well. “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.” (James 2:26) The church cannot be the Church of Christ if it does not act in accordance with this and bear witness to it. The churches have therefore founded organizations, over the centuries, dedicated to providing aid, hope, and a brighter future. The following three organizations are central to this mission within the Protestant Church in Switzerland PCS: Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER), Mission 21 and DM.

Aid Agencies

The PCS has established the following aid organizations: Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) and Bread for All. In November 2021, the aid agency of the Protestant Churches in Switzerland (HEKS/EPER) merged with its sister church organization Bread for all to form Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER). The newly constituted organization launched its operations on 1 January 2022. The merger of HEKS/EPER and Bread for All buttresses the position and competitiveness of the newly formed organization in an ever more competitive environment. At the same time, the effectiveness of projects and activities at home and abroad is enhanced. The linking of the two thematic areas of development policy and program work in Switzerland and abroad creates practical synergies. Among the bodies of the foundation of Swiss Church Aid are the PCS’s Council and Synod. The Synod elects the members of the foundations’ council, and one member of the PCS Council is ex officio a member of the foundation’s council.

Missionary Organizations

The Protestant Church in Switzerland PCS works closely with two Swiss missionary organizations: Mission 21 and DM. While DM is sustained by the French-speaking member churches of the PCS, Mission 21 is supported by several missionary societies, without direct participation of the churches.

Exchange on the strategic direction

A common platform for exchange enables a deeper exchange on the strategic direction of the missionary organizations. In the framework of its Synods, the PCS creates moreover a platform for discussing the programs of Mission 21 and DM with the PCS member churches. It strengthens the churches’ sense of responsibility for the missionary organizations by collecting financial contributions for the latter.

Conference on External Relations

Those responsible for external relations in the aid agencies, missionary organizations and the PCS meet once a year to inform each other about their programs and to coordinate possible and desirable areas of cooperation – within the framework of the Conference on External Relations.

Contact

Serge Fornerod, Vice-Director an Director of External Relations
Member of the Executive Board