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Mission and evangelism

Mission goes out from God. Mission is God's way of loving and saving the world...

God's mission

(Lambeth Conference 1998, Section II p121).

Christians follow Jesus who said "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." (John 20.21).  Christians are called to serve God's mission by living and proclaiming the good news.

"It's not the church of God that has a mission, but the God of mission who has a church".


For Anglicans God's mission is about transformation – transforming individual lives, transforming communities and transforming the world. As we follow Jesus Christ, Christians believe that God's mission is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in three ways: through the Bible, through the tradition and life of the Church, and through our own listening, praying, thinking and sharing as we respond to our own context.