Diocesan Mission Action Plan
Mission-shaped planning challenges the church to think on a deeper level than mere activity…we are invited to think differently about everything we do. The goal of a mission action plan is not a church-shaped mission – it’s a mission-shaped church.
A mission-shaped church is:
- Incarnational in seeking to move into the communities it hears God calling it to reach and is born anew among those communities, shaping itself to the culture in which it finds itself
- Relational in that through evolving connections and bonds in the community, people see, hear and respond to the God they encounter
- Discipling in that as those people encounter God through relationships, they experience a desire to become followers of Jesus, to be like those with whom they are in relationship
- Transformational in that as those people become disciples, they are transformed and, in turn, transform their communities and the culture of their neighbourhood
This diocesan Mission Action Plan (MAP) sets a course for action and reflection, for renewal and mission; a course that is porous enough to respond to ongoing review, refinement, and development as the Spirit continues to stir the soul of Niagara.
Mission Action Plan Prayer
Beloved God, we are your people
called to walk a renewed path with Jesus.
Be with us, your whole church,
as we seek to rekindle and enliven our faith.
Keep us firm in our commitment
to reshape our culture and structures for mission
and invigorate our social justice engagement,
most especially the nurture and protection of your creation.
Let the whole world see us living
and lifting up the fullness of your love.
Make new those things that have grown old;
and bring wholeness to that which cries out for restoration.
All this we ask through the Spirit of the Living God
and in the name of the Christ who came among us,
is among us and will come among us.