World mission

Ho, Ghana - September 16, 2018: A young girl sits on a pew and reads a prayer book during a church service in rural Ghana, West Africa.Around the world, more than two billion people are followers of Jesus Christ.

We rejoice in "one Lord, one faith, one baptism," but we also acknowledge that God gives different gifts and insights to different people. By listening to each other and learning from each other, we can learn more about the Christ we follow and support each other in mission. 


In the Diocese of Oxford, we share in God’s mission with partners from a huge range of countries. We have three link dioceses, six dioceses with which we are linked through the Mothers' Union Wave of Prayer, and a large number of connections between parishes in the our diocese and parishes and mission partners around the world.

We are also home to a number of mission agencies, both Anglican and ecumenical. Here you can find out about all these world church connections - and how you can get involved.

What we mean by world mission

"Gone are the days when mission was just something that happened ‘out there’, done by a few missionaries.

"Current thinking about mission would stress that every Christian is an agent of God’s mission, and mission goes on everywhere, its goal nothing less than ‘…the creation itself [being] set free from its bondage to decay and [obtaining] the freedom of the glory of the children of God."

Rom 8:21 (tenses changed)

What's your vision of 'world mission'? The quote above comes from an introduction by the Revd Canon Tim Naish, former secretary of Partners in World Mission and now a canon at Canterbury Cathedral, where he leads on training courses, including those for newly ordained clergy from around the Anglican Communion. You can read the full document here

Latest News

A new resource from our partners in Kimberley and Kuruman shares stories of personal faith

'Stories we live by' is a collection of personal stories of faith, written by people in and friends of the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. The diocesan theme for this year is "Encourage and build each other up in love" (1 Thess 5:11) and Bishop Brian writes: "It is my prayer that these stories will enrich the most spiritually weary traveller on their
journey of faith Every story speaks to the heart You are invited to use them for reflection, meditation, and spiritual growth."

Download the booklet here.


Some introductory resources

Across these pages, you'll find resources from our link partners and other partners in world mission - below are just a few resources to start reflection and discussion. We're also delighted to come speak with your church about the diocese's work on world mission. Contact the PWM Project Officer in the first instance, and we'll work out who's best placed to offer what you want. 


Watch a sermon from Bishop Olivia Graham.


Kyama Mugambi, of the Centre for World Christianity, discusses his definition of mission.

Home group course

What is mission? (CMS)
Acts of love (PWM) 
USPG study courses

Going deeper - world mission reading list

World mission bibliography


In this section...

Diocesan links

Overview of link dioceses across the globe.

Parish links

Find out how parishes are engaging in mission with partners around the world.

Partners in mission

Information on the Christian mission agencies we're proud to partner with.

Mothers' Union

Learn about the work of the Mothers' Union in our diocese and around the world.


The Rt Revd Olivia Graham

Bishop of Reading

0118 984 1216


The Rt Revd Henry Scriven



Joan Walker 


0118 987 4872


Maranda St John Nicolle

PWM Project Officer/Nandyal Link Chair

07493 377 580 


The Revd Canon Sue Booys

Kimberley & Kuruman Link Chair

01865 340 007 


The Revd Hugh White

Växjö Link Chair

01869 347 889


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