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A mission shaped Church


In 2004 the General Synod commended the report "Mission-shaped church" to the whole of the Church of England. Building on the five marks of mission, this report speaks of five values for a missionary church:

  • A missionary church is focused on God the Trinity
    Worship lies at the heart of a missionary church, and to love and know God as Father, Son and Spirit is its chief inspiration and primary purpose...
  • A missionary church is incarnational
    It seeks to shape itself in relation to the culture in which it is located or to which it is called...
  • A missionary church is transformational
    It exists for the transformation of the community that it serves, through the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit...
  • A missionary church makes disciples
    It is active in calling people to faith in Jesus is concerned for the transformation of individuals, as well as for the transformation of communities.
  • A missionary church is relational
    It is characterized by welcome and hospitality. Its ethos and style are open to change when new members join.

"Mission-shaped church" pp.81-2

These values are an outworking of the traditional Declaration of Assent which Anglican clergy, readers and licensed lay workers make on taking up a new appointment. The Declaration speaks of the faith we hold, "which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation".

The Church is committed to encourage these "fresh expressions of church" and they may be seen in many places, contexts, neighbourhoods and networks, alongside the traditional worship and work of Christians in the church and in the world. "Mission-shaped church" is full of examples. (for more details of the book, see