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The Standing Commission for Mission of the Anglican Communion
Establishment of MISSIO
At the ninth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council
in Cape Town (ACC-9), it was resolved (Resolution 43) to appoint a Standing
Commission for Mission to succeed the second Mission Issues and Strategy
Advisory Group (MISAG II) whose Final Report (Towards
Dynamic Mission) was published in February 1992. The new
Commission was to be known as MISSIO emphasising our participation in the
MISSIO DEI (Mission of God)
MISAG II recommended, and ACC- 9 accepted the following
mandate for MISSIO:
- To review mission issues with special reference to the theology of
the mission of the Church in a pluralist society; A theological
reflection, “Sing A New Song” was published in 1996, and
a substantial theological comment is included in this Final Report.
- To explore and develop strategies of evangelism and development to
help the member Churches of the Communion in their task of mission; A
catalogue of resources available around the Communion and a collection
of prayer material is available from the Mission and Evangelism Desk of
the Anglican Communion Office or under resources.
- To review the ecumenical dimension of mission and to find ways and
means for collaboration with other Christian bodies in mission; The
Decade of Evangelism provided opportunities in many places for collaboration
with other Christian bodies observing a Decade of Evangelism/Evangelisation. The
Mid-point Review of the Decade at Kanuga 1995 was a significant event. See
Anglicans in Mission, MISSIO’s Report of that event can be found
in Appendix C.
- To continue to review the Partners in Mission process. The process
is no longer used frequently at the Provincial level, but the principles
have been used in audits at diocesan and parish levels. Note the
round table proposal in this report in Anglicans in Mission, which incorporates
much of the process.
- To respond to the requests of member Churches of the Communion through
the Standing Committee and to the Standing Committee's own requests for
assistance in identification of needs and opportunities in evangelism and
development; Networking between MISSIO members has led to exchanges
of needs and resources. A proposal for a wider network has been suggested
in Anglicans in Mission (p.51 and Appendix B).
- To review the effectiveness of the Mission Audit as recommended by
ACC‑6 and to report to ACC‑8; This task was overtaken by
the commencement of the Decade of Evangelism. The next Commission
may need to revisit this proposal.
- To submit progress reports to the Standing Committee and to report
to ACC. MISSIO has complied with this directive from ACC. In
addition, there is now a member of the Standing Committee acting as a liaison
person with MISSIO. This person will personally present regular reports. MISSIO
has also forwarded proposals to ACC-11 for an Anglican Congress in 2003
and a Synodical and Voluntary Mission Agencies Conference in 2001. (See
Anglicans in Mission)
Anglicans in Mission - A Transforming Journey
Anglicans in Mission
This publication contains the report of MISSIO, the Mission Commission of the Anglican Communion, to the ACC meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 1999.
The Commission report combines exhilarating stories of mission and evangelism with:
• a profound theological insight
• advice and strategies for succesful mission, with reflecton on the changing patterns and structures for international mission.
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MISSIO met four times: 3-11 November 1994 at Singapore:
16-26 January 1996 at Ely in the UK: 5-12 September 1997 at Recife in Brazil:
and finally 12-24 April 1999 at Harare in Zimbabwe.
MISSIO has reported to the Joint Standing Committee of the ACC and the
Primates, and to the Lambeth Conference 1998. This Final Report is
submitted to ACC-11.
MISSIO, at its final meeting, continued to envisage a future Anglican
Congress, now contemplated for the year 2003. Before then, MISSIO
hopes for a conference of Synodical and Voluntary Mission Agencies in 2001. The
valuable interaction between the members of MISSIO around the world needs
to be experienced by a wider cross-section of the Communion.
MISSIO forwarded a proposal to ACC-10 (Panama) for a “Year of
Jubilee in 2000” in support of international and ecumenical movements
for the remission of the debts of the world’s poorest nations. This
report urges the Communion to follow the lead of the bishops at Lambeth
1998 in supporting the Jubilee.
The fourth meeting of MISSIO in April 1999 took place in Africa – a
meeting point of the traumas besetting planet earth. The HIV/AIDS
pandemic, civil war, genocide, poverty, drought and famine are all experienced
in one part or another of the largest continent. But Africa is also
the centre of revival and home to churches in growth mode, in contrast
to many in the “North”. Much of the Communion comes from
Africa. MISSIO was deeply humbled by the evidence of Church growth
and by the deep commitment of African Christians.
This Final Report of MISSIO calls the Anglican Communion to continue
to participate in the MISSIO DEI and to allow itself to be transformed
by the presence of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, that we
may become an effective instrument for the transformation of God’s
world. With this prayer, we offer the Report of our work and fellowship
to our fellow Anglicans.
- From the Chair
- Engaging with the Local Mission Context
- Executive Summery
- Anglicans in Mission Main Documents
- Transformed and Sent: reflection on dimensions
of Anglican Mission
- Decade of Evangelism
- Training Leadership in Mission
- Patterns of International Mission Structures in
the Anglican Communion
- The Struggle for Transformation: A Case Study
- Prayers for the Mission of the Church
- Resources for Mission and Evangelism: Training
in Mission documents are available as a pdf