- About Grace
The Five Marks of Mission
On January 30, 2014
through our journey with Christ.
Grace’s mission statement is intended to define a vision for our congregation. But what does the word “mission” mean to you and our parish?
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori says, “The church doesn’t have a mission: God’s mission has a church.” So how is Grace Church living in to God’s mission?
To help us define our vision, the Episcopal Church recognizes the Five Marks of Mission. These statements serve as a kind of road map to help us on our journey:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
These five Marks of Mission were developed by the Anglican Consultative Council and were considered radical when they first appeared in 1984. They have since won wide acceptance among Anglicans around the world, and have given individuals, parishes and dioceses a practical and memorable “checklist” for mission activities.
Throughout this year, we’ll explore what these Five Marks of Mission mean to us at Grace Church and how our ministries reflect that meaning. It will be a journey for our clergy, our lay leaders and every member of the parish. Our Vestry will consider the topic during its annual retreat this month. Our Lenten programs in March and April will offer Bible studies, guest speakers and engaging conversation about “doing” mission.
Our work will be ongoing, as we discover new ways to proclaim, teach, respond, seek and renew God’s mission at Grace Church.