Mission takes place primarily in a local context – congregation, parish, diocese and province – it is the responsibility of every baptised Christian; young and old, male and female, lay and ordained.
The Five Marks of Mission (The Anglican Consultative Council – ACC-6 and ACC-8):
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
In addition, the Bishops of the Church of Ireland devised this Mission Statement:
The Church of Ireland, as an authentic part of the universal church of God, is called to develop growing communities of faith, in and through which the Kingdom of God is made known, and in which the whole people serve together as followers of Jesus Christ for the good of the world to the Glory of God.
Growth ~ Unity ~ Service
In the power of the Spirit, our mission requires us to order our contemporary worship and life in a manner that nurtures growth, promotes unity and liberates us for service in the world that is God’s.