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Mission and Public Affairs

The Mission and Public Affairs Unit of the Diocese is responsible for the development of diocesan engagement on issues of mission, evangelism, global affairs and social responsibilities. It sets priorities for diocesan support in these areas and seeks to support the diocese, archdeaconries, deaneries and congregations in their work of mission and outreach, and promotes engagement and joint work in ecumenical partnership.

The mandate is based on the understanding of the mission of the Church based on the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion:

  • 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 strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Areas of activity include

  • Support for the development of new congregations
  • Companion Diocese links
  • Twinning arrangements and partnerships within the diocese
  • Cooperation with programmes of mission and development agencies
  • Advice to the Bishops on special appeals
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Racial justice and minority ethnic concerns
  • International development engagement
  • Issues of social justice, such as refugees and migrants

Areas for possible future consideration

  • Interfaith relations
  • Ethical issues

The unit will determine a work plan to address these areas.

Meetings and reporting

The full unit meets 2 – 3 times each year. It reports to the Diocesan Synod.

Membership and chairing

Members are elected by the Diocesan synod and serve for a 3 year term. Members have proven experience or expertise in the areas of activity. The following are ex officio:

  • The Environmental Officer
  • The Director of Ministerial Development

The unit is chaired by the Reverend Canon Geoff Johnston.

The unit is staffed by the Diocesan Secretary.

For guidance on setting up safe partnership arrangements with external mission groups and charities click here for more information.

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