Child gardeningThe Church of England expresses its mission in five key ways - often these are known as the 'Five Marks of Mission': 

  • TELL - to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • TEACH - to teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • TEND - to respond to human need by loving service
  • TRANSFORM - to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • TREASURE - to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

However, we are learning today that mission today requires a deeper process than listing five ‘T’s – which is where Missional Learning Communities come in.

Missional Learning Communities

  • Missional Learning Communities (MLCs) help us to find God’s way forward in mission in our changing contexts and changing world – transforming the culture of the church.
  • MLCs follow a three year path that gives churches a framework and resources to help them listen attentively to God and their community and decide what God might be calling them to be and do. 

The combination of commitment, spiritual disciplines and practical tools make MLCs a powerful process. The evidence is that this kind of process can lead to profound and positive change.   .  

Find out more here

Resources to Inspire & Equip you for Mission

Discerning the Mission of God through Missional Learning Communities

  • P Keifert and N Rooms, Forming the Missional Church: Creating Deep Cultural Change in Congregations (Grove Pastoral P139, 2014)
  • Pat Keifert, We Are Here Now. (Eagle, Idaho: Allelon Publishing, 2007)
  • Nigel Rooms, Missional Church: What Does Good Look Like? (Grove Mission and Evangelism MEv 128, 2019)

For a more detailed reading list, please contact Mission & Growth Adviser Steve Coneys (01227 459401). 

Fresh Expressions

The Fresh Expressions website is your best starting point and the latest research on Fresh Expressions can be found on the Church Army website. The following are particularly helpful: 

Discerning the Mission of God in general

Growing the Church of God

Local Data Resources

Mission with Children & Young People

For information and resources about mission and ministry with children and young people, click here