The Diocesan Strategy 2015 – 2017 gives information on mission in Swansea and Brecon Diocese.
What is Mission?
“Mission is finding out what God is doing and joining in” – Rowan Williams
It is difficult to define exactly what Mission is but it is said there are five ‘marks’ of mission:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize 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 sustain and renew the life of the earth
Sharing Good News
When I go on holiday abroad I am amazed by how tourists delight in sharing useful information; the easiest way to get from A to B, places that just have to be seen, where to find the best food. We swap our bits of news and there is real life and energy to our conversations.
When it comes to sharing our faith though, especially on home ground, we often hold back.
It isn’t like that in John’s gospel. Andrew meets Jesus and the first thing he does is to go and bring his brother Simon to meet Jesus. It is the same story for Philip – who fetches Nathanael – and for the Samaritan woman who after a conversation with Jesus (which turns her life inside out) brings her whole village to Jesus.
In John’s gospel, when ‘seekers’ meet Jesus, they are changed by him. They long to know him more, they share their good news and encourage others to come and meet him too.
In mission we make it easier for clergy and people to help others to meet Jesus and, having met him, to become his disciples. It’s about enabling churches to discern their vision; encouraging connections between faith and work, faith and service, and faith and fun. It is working with church leaders to affirm and strengthen their mission. It means helping people to rediscover a ‘living faith’ – news that is worth sharing with others in word and deed.