Mission Action Plan 2022 - Church Mission Consultation
Given the very significant effects of the pandemic on all of our lives, we are reviewing the ways in which our church is involved in the life of the community. We are very keen to hear from the church congregation who are familiar with current church activities.
Below are two items for all members of the congregation to consider.
The 5 Marks of Mission with the Church Mission Questionnaire - there is a questionnaire asking for your opinions)
Beliefs and Values - there is a document and a feedback form asking for your opinion.
Please complete either or both questionnaires/feedback below as appropriate to yourself. We would appreciate feedback before the end of January 2022.
Mission Action Plan 2022 - Community Consultation Questionnaire
There is a further consultation where any members of the local community can provide feedback on the work of the church. This will be available late January 2022.
5 Marks of Mission
The MAP team have produced a questionnaire seeking the views of all members of the church congregation about our current mission activities and suggestions for future action. Please read the following "5 Marks of Mission" document and then fill in the Church Mission questionnaire.
Although the five marks are distinct and numbered, this doesn’t mean that they are separate or imply any kind of priority. The Church needs to be active in all five of these aspects of mission. The Five Marks do not limit God’s mission to the world. Mission takes place in an infinite number of contexts and situations – there are not
simply five ways to do mission!
1. TELL. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
This mark challenges us to see the importance of sharing the good news of Jesus in words. Jesus commands his disciples to use both words and action in proclaiming the good news. (Romans 10: 13-14) The majority of those who come to faith today come through a relationship with a Christian friend who shares their story of faith and
Jesus with them.
2. TEACH. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
Mission doesn’t stop when someone becomes a Christian – Jesus commissioned us to make disciples, not converts, and to baptise and teach (Matt 28:19-20). The Christian faith is a pilgrim journey, growing in faith, and in love of God and others. A part of our mission is to help people to become mature Christians, able to live a fully integrated Christian life and make a Christian response in and to the world.
3. TEND. To respond to human need by loving service.
Of course, our words are not enough. We can’t just tell people about the love of God. That love needs to be demonstrated through action (Jas 2:14-17). This is the ministry of Jesus Christ that we are called to imitate, to walk alongside others and serve them. It has been well said that the leading edge of mission is service, for it is
in showing the love of God through service and compassion that we gain the credibility that allows us to speak of Jesus.
4. TRANSFORM. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
Jesus walked alongside others and proclaimed the Kingdom of God, but he also demonstrated that the Kingdom of God was one of justice by challenging injustice when he saw it. He calls us to do the same. Particularly in our world, this might mean standing up for peace and reconciliation in a world where might, violence and revenge are often prevalent. Jesus’ announcement of his own mission in the synagogue encompassed this (Lk 4:18-19).
5. TREASURE. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
If we believe that ‘the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it’ (Ps 24:1), then we must take seriously the stewardship of the earth’s resources as a part of our mission. This too is a part of our revelation of God’s Kingdom in the world, a glimpse and foretaste of the new heaven and new earth we await (Isa 65:17, 2 Pet 3:13).
Beliefs and Values
The MAP team have drafted a document below affirming our shared beliefs, values and understandings. This affirmation will underpin all of our future mission activity. We would love to know what you think about it and hear your ideas and suggestions for possible amendment to it. Please continue reading and submit your feedback.
‘Constant change is here to stay’, perhaps more so in our parish than many. All churches will need to respond to the profound effects of the Covid pandemic on the world. In addition, we in Littleover and Blagreaves, are moving towards the forthcoming boundary changes to the parish and the Bishop’s Mission Order(BMO). This is an exciting opportunity for us all in the church to examine and refresh our mission to fit the needs of our new circumstances. Two key challenges arise in the light of our changed circumstances:
Evaluating the appropriateness of all current mission activity in the new parish
Identifying new needs and the consequent changes we should make in our mission activity
What follows is the fundamental basis for our mission, the cornerstone of all that we shall do. We have taken time as a church to affirm our shared understandings, beliefs, and values. We are committed to them, and we shall evaluate all our plans and actions against them.
As a Christian church, these things we hold to be true. We believe:
in a Trinitarian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
in the Bible as the inspired word of God – interpreted afresh for every generation
that Jesus lived, died, and rose again to restore us back to God
that God continues to speak to us today through Scripture and the power and presence of his Holy Spirit
that God has called us here to be his salt and light in the community of Littleover and Blagreaves
Five key principles amongst many, which will guide our behaviour towards every person in our mission activity.
Compassion – understanding the suffering of the other person and wanting to respond
Integrity – being honest in all interactions, maintaining the highest moral standards in all our dealings with people through mission
Respect – honour and care shown towards every person. To be conscious that God has created all people in his image. As a response we show respect to all
Justice – fairness, equal rights and opportunities for every person. Protection from injustice and exclusion
Forgiveness – release of resentment and anger about an offence, resuming the relationship with no agenda
The Purpose of our Church
Our church is:
a community of people who believe in the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ and who proclaim the good news of his salvation of the world through baptism and sharing the bread and wine.
a place of safety and hope for everyone. It is welcoming, open, and inclusive. Everyone is equally valued.
The purpose of our church is to:
live out God’s mission in the world, to live the Christ-like life and share God with the people of Littleover and Blagreaves.
support each other, to worship, to pray and to help each person to learn and grow in their understanding and faith.
The Meaning of Mission
We acknowledge the Church of England’s ‘5 Marks of Mission’ and will use them to evaluate the success of our mission plans and actions. The five marks are:
to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom (Tell)
to teach, baptise and nurture new believers (Teach)
to respond to human need by loving service (Tend)
to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation (Transform)
to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth (Treasure)
We specifically identify these points:
We are motivated in our mission by knowing our own need of God’s love.
We are a welcoming church, everyone is welcome.
Mission is for everyone, something every member does in many different ways.
Through developing caring, loving relationships in our mission, beginning wherever people are in their lives and needs, we are witnesses to the love of God.
Mission begins with listening to others.
We are called to support those on the margins of society – those living in poverty, children, isolated older people, those with mental health issues.