As a community, it is God’s mission that is our passion. Our common commitment is:
people and that is infectious. I have learned so much about mission, about God, about the world, about myself. I have been inspired by so many people I have met and in many ways I have found a home base.” Jonny Baker, director of mission education
to participate in mission to learn from mission to pray for mission This may be made possible in many ways: in local groups, through forums with particular emphases, through social media and publications, through advocacy and campaigns. Some of these will be organised centrally via CMS staff, but overall the community is centrally resourced rather than centrally led. Each member is encouraged to work out a particular expression of their mission calling, singly or with others, wherever God may have called them to be. Like all communities we need leadership, to keep us true to our calling and our vision. And it is important that our leadership is committed to listening to the whole community. Our executive leader, who in turn is held accountable by the Church Mission Society trustees (who are community members) holds that leadership. The community also has an episcopal visitor who is appointed by the trustees with the agreement of our patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. “I’m a member of Church Mission Society because I want to change the world and meet and collaborate with others who want to change the world. CMS seems full of this kind of people! Their motivation comes from their love for Jesus, love for the world and love for
“Being part of CMS feels more like being part of a community or even a family. We love being part of something rooted, redemptive, eye opening, world changing, community building, boundary pushing, risk taking, faith informing.” Anna and Chris Hembury, mission partners in Hull
Our core values Pioneering: we try new things, ask questions, cross boundaries Evangelistic: we share Jesus in word and action Relational: we get alongside people, becoming a genuine part of the communities where we find ourselves Faithful: where others have left or given up, we remain committed for the long-haul As a mission community, and in the fulfilment of our vision, God calls us to be such people. We commit ourselves to live by these values.
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