Presbytery of South Alabama
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Synod of Living Waters
SDOP Mission Statement
and Overview

SDOP's Mission  

The Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God's concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners, dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people who are seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.

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 One Great Hour of Sharing: Self-Development of People making a difference

Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of development that assist people in their lives and work thereby strengthening their families and communities, disaster assistance, and hunger. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future. The work of Self-Development of People is supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Learn more about the difference your donation can make.

The Presbyterian Church through Self-Development of People has assisted thousands of people around the world in their quest for a brighter future as they struggle for social and economic justice.







Presbyterians have traditionally valued self-determination. It is a concept deeply rooted in the Christian Church's philosophy and in the pioneering spirit of the United States. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), through the Self-Development of People ministry, considers the application of this concept a crucial element in turning the tables on despair here and abroad. It affirms the concept demonstrated by Christ and His mission. By His actions, Jesus demonstrated His belief in people as children of a loving God. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues that mission by exercising the same belief in the practical terms of our own day and age.

Christians recognize their own need for independence and self-respect. Through the work of the Self-Development of People ministry, Presbyterians have the opportunity to be partners in development so that others may grow with dignity.

That some of our sisters and brothers are forced to beg for human dignity is absolutely scandalous to the Kingdom to which we have been called to witness. May God provoke us to give our money, our time and our talents to programs of self-development as an evangelical witness to the good news of salvation revealed in Jesus Christ.