We see mission as based in our local community, through the church, but it's much more than just local mission. It includes supporting the spread of God’s kingdom across the world.
This support is shown in prayer, with finance, in practical support, through exchanges and visits, through regular communications, and also particularly by sending people. We support several people and agencies involved in mission, which includes a wide range of activities spread around the world.
why engage in mission?
Our God is a missionary God! He sent his Son to save us and to reveal our loving, awesome Father. He sends us to share the good news of life in Christ and a message of hope, justice, freedom. The mission might focus on church planting, evangelism or Bible translation, or might be in the areas of training and education, medicine or healthcare, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, or literacy programmes, for example.
Jesus’ last words in Matthew’s Gospel were his missionary command, the ‘Great Commission’: Mt. 28:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus also gave the Great Commandment: Mt. 22:37-40
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We support mission because this expresses Jesus’ priority, his agenda, his love for all people everywhere. God’s love is such that he wants people to hear the gospel. His love is also shown wherever his message of hope, justice, freedom is shared, whether it is with people in the UK or abroad, as our mission partners demonstrate.