For Creed and Creation – a handy booklet with simple tips
People, Parishes, Environment – a poster to display in the church.
Mission Action Plans
The Diocese of London provides a range of advice and resources to help a parish establish, maintain and implement its Mission Action Plan. Every church should have a Mission Action Plan.
The Environment and Mission Action Plans
Care for God’s creation is an essential part of the Christian faith. God commanded humanity to care for His creation (Gen 2:15), Christ is supreme over creation (Colossians 1:15 ff), and He intends to redeem it as part of ‘all things’ (Col 1:23 and Romans 8: 19 ff). If we wish to take part in God’s plan of redemption, we must care for creation.
Therefore the environment forms part of the Mission of every church. It should be represented in its Mission Action Plan.
Aims and objectives
A set of agreed aims and objectives needs to be agreed by the Church Council. This guidance offers a range of challenges and options for how to meet them.
It is not possible to tackle so large a task all at once. Each church needs to evaluate priorities for their importance and urgency in the context of its mission as a whole.
What more can and should we all do to be salt and light in the world we live in, from the environmental point of view?
How can we help our local community to hang together in the face of challenges to human security and wellbeing?
How can we play our part with the Diocese’s partners in helping communities elsewhere in the world, especially the developing world, to reduce their much greater environmental stresses and to build resilience?
How do we avoid getting distracted by our own concerns – however valid and pressing they might be?
What should we be following up from the questions we’ve been discussing?
What homework should be done/ by whom in the church congregation?
How should we set our aims and objectives, an action plan and programme, and when to put these to the Church Council?
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