What is Fit for Mission?
Fit for Mission is the process to support Manchester Diocese to become a Church For A Different World and to realise our vision of being “A worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community”.
Facing the reality of falling clergy numbers nationwide, and buildings that can be a burden on our human and financial resources, can we meet the challenge to do things differently in the years ahead, and so flourish as a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community?
An update on Fit for Mission
The diocese outlined its vision at a series of Archdeaconry Roadshows, and shared resources to help us become Church For a Different World.
Our MAP Officers have been busy responding to requests from parishes and deaneries for help with Mission Action Planning. Four deaneries have been piloting Fit for Mission with the support of Church House officers. Ashton, Deane, North Manchester and Salford completed this stage of their work at the end of December 2018.
An independent company has evaluated our approach to Fit for Mission. Bishop David explains the results of the evaluation and the next steps in a podcast (above).
Regular updates on Fit for Mission are posted online in the documents library in the Church for a Different World category.
The importance of Mission Action Plans
Mission Action Planning is a vital underpinning component of Fit for Mission, it is not a separate activity. Every parish and deanery within the Diocese of Manchester was asked to develop a MAP by November 2018, and there has been an incredibly good response to this request. Deanery MAPs should be completed by 31 March 2019. The investment of time and energy in producing a MAP is of great value and is already helping to develop a clear picture of what resources and support are required to resource mission. Thank you to parishes that submitted their MAP on time. If you require help completing your MAP, please contact the MAP Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Bishop David's letter on the importance of MAP sent to each parish in March 2018.
Fit for Mission Prayer
In you, hope is founded and
Through you, love is known.
Fill your church with joy and peace;
Overwhelm us with the love of Christ, and
Renew us through your Holy Spirit.
May your Church grow, as we welcome all.
Inspire us to share the good news of Jesus;
Send us out to be
Signs of your Kingdom
In our communities and for your world.
Open hearts and minds to your generous love;
Nourish us with faith, and fill us with hope.
28 June 2019 In: Church for a different world
A new briefing on Church for a Different World from the Chief Operating Officer. Read more
14 June 2019 In: Church for a different world
Featuring #MoreThanSunday, DBF staff review, new appointments and sabbaticals guidance. Read more
8 April 2019 In: Church for a different world
An update from the Strategic Programme Board meeting, held on 4 April, focusing on Mission ... Read more