The Mission and Public Affairs team aims to address global issues and local lives. The intention is that we, as a diocese, follow Jesus through our words and actions and work towards a more equitable distribution of wealth, power and resources at local and global level. 

In our local work we must “welcome the stranger” and undertake tangible activities to bring an end to poverty and to transforming attitudes to and the lives of people in poverty.

Those working with us in our diocese see the Church as a potentially powerful force to make reality the abolition of inequality. By sharing and forgiveness we can create peace and equality.

Our Mission and Public Affairs Team is not just made up paid officers but includes volunteers and partners who advise, support and share our work through talking and acting together. Whether that means to feed one local person in need or feed the world and provide water for everyone, we hope to bring about change through our Action Groups and through our parishes.

What is mission?

The 'mission' of the church can be quite a confusing and contested issue so it might be helpful to think in terms of three key aspects of our life as Christians:

  1. We come together to worship God and share in the message of the Gospel, learning and praying together and welcoming others. This is often guided by some form of ministry and for most Anglicans takes place in a church building or sacred space.
  2. We go out into the world and share this message and let others know by our prayers, words and deeds that a message of love and justice is central to our faith.
  3. That we live out our faith by serving, caring and speaking up for those who are vulnerable or in need. It is not enough to be merely concerned, we must follow this up with action and demonstrate our love for others in our everyday lives.

Mission is the interplay between all three aspects of 'being Christian' – there is no blueprint for 'good mission' but we do have some handy hints to help us shape what mission means to us.

The following five Marks of Mission were adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996:

  • To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth.

We can help your parish develop mission plans and take action. We can also help you to address some fundamental questions and decisions. In the first instance please contact Peter Reiss to discuss where you are up to and who may be able to help you most effectively.