The Marks of Mission

 

It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world; it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church.

– Jurgen Moltmann

As members of the church, we are called to participate in God’s mission to the world God created, redeemed, and sustains. God is already at work in the world—and we are invited to join in. But how?

To help discern the church’s role in God’s saving work in the world, the Anglican Communion has articulated six “Marks of Mission”:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
  6. To work for peacemaking, conflict resolution, and reconciliation

How we live out each of these marks of mission will be different in each time and place, community and context. However, the fundamental vision of God’s mission they proclaim is timeless and universal. We are called to join in the work of building up the Kingdom of God here and now.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are united by our commitment to serving the transforming mission of God. Mission is the bedrock of all we are, do and say as the people of God.