Diocese of Manchester

Would a Mission Action Plan help you focus your activity?
Mission Action Planning is as a process to help churches develop a clear strategy for progressing God’s plan. 

Mission Action Planning is a vital underpinning component of Fit for Mission. Every parish was asked to develop a Mission Action Plan (MAP) by November 2018, and there has been an incredibly good response to this request. 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 map@manchester.anglican.org


Mission Development Officers, Simon Bessant and Andy Salmon, contacted every incumbent to talk about Mission Action Planning (MAP) in their parishes. This has proved to be a very beneficial process with a focus on:

  • Understanding experiences of the MAP process to date
  • Gauging how the MAP team can provide help/support
  • Understanding how MAP is being embedded within parishes.

The information gathered from this exercise is being reviewed so that the next phase of Mission Action Planning can be planned. This will include agreeing how diocesan staff can most effectively support mission across the diocese.

Arrows from MAP packs


Diocesan resources are designed to help churches at all levels – parishes, teams, deaneries – discern what God is calling them to be, and plan activities over months or years to achieve their vision. The resources to help churches and deaneries develop their Mission Action Plans are available to download below.

As well as the PCC Guide, Parish Guide, Deanery Guide and Toolkit to help you develop your Mission Action Plan, there are real guides, people at Church House and in deaneries who can support you through the process.

For more information or help with your parish MAP, please contact Revd Canon Andy Salmon, 07436 532408, or Canon Simon Bessant, 0161 828 1454. Or email map@manchester.anglican.org.

Andy Salmon

Andy Salmon

Mission Development Officer (Mission Action Planning)

Address: 52 George Leigh Street,
M4 5DG

Supporting parishes and deaneries to envision, develop and implement mission action planning

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Manchester M3 2GH

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