Diocese of Manchester


Fit for mission

Evaluation of our work 

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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 Officer has 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 will complete this stage of their work at the end of December 2018. 

An independent company is evaluating our approach to Fit for Mission before we begin any fresh activity. Evaluation will be completed by the end of 2018.

While the evaluation is taking place the Fit for Mission programme will continue and nothing will stop. The existing pilot deaneries will continue to function towards their agreed deadlines, and deadlines for every parish to complete its MAP is 30 November 2018.

Regular updates on Fit for Mission are posted online in the documents library in the Fit for Mission category.

Two of our clergy from North Manchester discuss the Fit for Mission programme in their context: changing clergy roles and new opportunities for team working in the deanery based on building relationships and trust.

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 is expected to develop a MAP by November 2018. 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.

Read Bishop David's letter on the importance of MAP sent to each parish in March 2018.

The future

We look forward to receiving your completed MAPs by the end of November 2018, and to sharing the results of the evaluation with you early next year. Please email your Mission Action Plan to map@manchester.anglican.org

Your archdeacon and Church House officers are available to help you develop your ideas. 

Fit for Mission Prayer

Faithful God,
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.


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