God’s mission is about enabling the whole of creation to live in love, justice and peace – often referred to as God’s kingdom. The Board of Mission exists to support churches as they seek to take up God’s invitation to join in God’s mission. We aim to help people and parishes as they seek to live out God’s way of life now, experiencing Jesus’ words that “the kingdom of heaven is among you”.
In line with the “Living Faith” vision, we:
- Prioritise the call to ‘make disciples’ through all that we are and all that we do, aiming to draw people to faith in Christ and nurture them at all stages in their Christian journey
- Enable ministry that supports mission by selecting and preparing people for different roles (ordained and lay), and by providing training and support to people once they are in post
- Resource strategic thinking and decision-making at parish and deanery level, enabling a focus on living out the kingdom
- Encourage an approach to faith where ‘making a difference in the world’ is an essential part of the Gospel, enabling networks of people who engage with a range of social, environmental, economic and global issues
- Aim to inspire generous living that enables parishes to be well resourced (financially and in other ways) for mission and ministry
- Work for a Church where the vulnerable are protected, and where young and old are valued and nurtured
- Seek to maximise the appropriate use of our buildings to further our mission, while also protecting our unique heritage for future generations and responding to changes in housing and the environment in our diocese
The Board of Mission is comprised of elected members of diocesan synod (ordained and lay), appointed members and ex officio members – including the bishops and some diocesan officers. The Board oversees the Department of Mission (comprising diocesan officers who work from church house and other parts of the diocese).
The Board of Mission is responsible for:
- Listening to people and churches in the Diocese
- Generating vision and strategic objectives
- Enabling Diocesan reflection on externally driven strategy
- Overseeing work of the Department and reports to Diocesan Synod
- Oversight of the budget
The Department of Mission is responsible for:
- Turning vision and strategy into plans
- Implementing plans in partnership with the people, clergy and churches of the Diocese
- Deploying resources effectively
- Monitoring the progress of implementation
- Listening to people and churches in the Diocese and feeding back to Board.