Church Mission Society is to launch a nationwide listening exercise to find out what Christians think ‘mission is’.
We hope it will uncover some of the myths that have grown up around mission and identify the barriers that prevent people from getting involved.
You can join in right now by answering just a few questions in our short survey:
Launch the app
and take part now online
With a launch event at Liverpool Cathedral in May and continuing at this summer’s Christian festivals, we will be asking as many people as possible ‘the big question’ about what ‘mission is’ for them.
Festivalgoers at Big Church Day Out, GOfest, New Wine, Naturally Supernatural and Greenbelt will be able to take part in our short, fun survey using interactive, tactile technology: this will help provide a big picture of the image people have of mission.
Meet us at these events
Big Church Day Out South, 28-29 May
Big Church Day Out North, 2-3 June
New Wine, 22 July - 5 August
Naturally Supernatural, 22-27 July
Greenbelt, 25-28 August
Watch this space
At each event, people will also be able to record their own thoughts and stories around mission in our video booth: this will help us reflect more deeply.
Based on what we learn, we will be working on new resources to bust some myths about mission and empower people to join in.
And we will be asking many more people to take part via our online app.
Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of Church Mission Society, explains: “Our central belief is that all of God’s people are called to join in God’s mission but we suspect that many people’s confusion over what ‘mission’ really means is a central factor in their hesitation about getting involved.
“We’re not talking about dropping the word and becoming Church ‘Blank’ Society, but we are seeking to make mission easier to understand and ultimately, be part of.”
Discover your pathway
People who participate in the listening exercise will be given the opportunity to develop their own ‘mission pathway’ such as an inspirational personal prayer retreat or monthly articles to challenge and expand their thinking around mission.
You will see these options at the end of the survey.
The Call in Action: tell us what you think
Launch the app and take part now online