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Mission possible

“The church is the only society that exists for the benefit of its non- members”

William Temple
Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-1944)

What effect is the church meant to have on the wider world? What mission has God given the church to fulfil? This autumn we are exploring five ways the church is called to change the world.

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

These five “marks” of mission have been developed by the Anglican church worldwide since 1984. Since then, they have been widely adopted as an understanding of what contemporary mission is about. The marks were adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996 and many dioceses and other denominations used them as the basis of action plans and creative mission ideas.

The Five Marks of Mission

We spent September looking at the 5th Mark – care of creation – with our series “Doxecology

These talks are all available on our YouTube channel.

Through October, we will look at the other four Marks:

Justice | 3rd October | James 2:1-13

“To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation”

Social Action | 10th October | Luke 10:25-37

“To respond to human need by loving service”

Discipleship | 17th October | John 13:31 – 14:4

“To teach, baptise and nurture new believers”

Evangelism | 24th October | Matthew 28:16-20

“To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom”