Mission - Resources - Guidelines
Guidelines for Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators
From 'Communion in Mission' Inter Anglican
Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism (IASCOME) Report to ACC 13
The Decade of Evangelism has stimulated mission and evangelism in the
provinces of the Anglican Communion. Many, if not all the provinces, were
challenged to shift their thinking and strategies from a maintenance mode
to mission. In many provinces a new position was created that of a Provincial
Evangelism Co-ordinator during the Decade
These guidelines are a result of a discussion of the participants at
the Conference of Provincial Mission & Evangelism Co-ordinators, held
in Nairobi in 2001. The guidelines contain:
- Questions to help clarify the job expectation.
- Advice from newly-appointed co-ordinators.
These guidelines can assist both provincial and also diocesan co-ordinators
of mission & evangelism.
Questions to help clarify the job expectations
- What are the locally understood definitions of “mission” and “evangelism”?
What are the differences between these two?
- What are the various aspects of mission and evangelism that the job
will entail in practice?
- What are the commonly quoted biblical imperatives for mission and evangelism
Strategies and Planning
- What strategies are currently employed in mission and evangelism in
- How effective have these been?
- What other strategies need to be implemented?
- Is there an overall strategic plan for the work of mission and evangelism?
- What needs to be done to strengthen this plan and improve the strategies?
Social, Cultural and Environmental Challenges
- What are the particular social challenges facing people locally?
- What cultural beliefs and customs will be challenges to the missionand
- What environmental challenges are you aware of?
Skills, Talents and Gifts Needed
- What special skills, talents and gifts are needed for the tasks of
mission and evangelism in your context?
- Where can the co-ordinator expect to find help in securing all the
necessary skills, talents and gifts?
- Is there general recognition of these skills, talents and gifts as
ministries within the local church? If not, what can be done to affirm
the legitimacy of these talents?
- How will a team ministry be created and/or strengthened for the work
of mission and evangelism?
- What ecumenical partners can be identified who are already at work
in mission and evangelism in the area?
- What needs to be done to strengthen these relationships and avoid unhealthy
Formation Processes for Mission & Evangelism
- Mission and evangelism is an imperative for all Christians. Is this
commonly understood, and if not, what needs to be done to teach this?
- What programs are needed to prepare lay people for the work of mission
- What programs are needed to prepare ordained people for the work of
mission and evangelism?
Part of the ministry of the church should be to prepare people for mission
and evangelism. It should be part of the formation ministry of the church – catechumen,
youth, women and men ministry, ministerial formation processes for both
the ordained and lay ministries. These formation processes should not only
be academic but pragmatic as to ignite in the participants a zeal for mission.
It should focus on highlighting the fact that mission is about doing our
Father’s business – not an option but a must.
Suggestions for Evangelism Co-Ordinators
- Have a clear understanding of what the role of the Evangelism Co-ordinators
involves for your province
- Understand this role in the light of the overall ministry of the province
and the individual dioceses
- Concentrate on co-ordination of evangelism in the province and not
the doing of evangelism yourself.
- Evangelism is for the whole people of God not just for those with special
Know your context
- Where are the dioceses geographically?
- Where are the gaps in the province?
- What is the nature of the dioceses - rural, urban or metropolitan?
- What are the needs?
- Where are the churches and congregations?
- Where are the gaps where there is no Christian witness?
- What other Christian churches are in the area and is it possible to
link with them?
- What are the social needs in the dioceses?
- Where can the church have the most effective witness?
Know your people
- What dioceses have Evangelism Co-ordinators?
- In what ways can you invest in good relationships with the diocesan
Co-ordinator of each diocese?
- What is their gifting, strengths and particular role(s)?
- What training do they needed? Where can they get the training?
- What support do they needed? Where can they get the support?
Know your church
- Visit parishes as often as possible and learn about the local communities,
- including their problems.
- Get to know the parish lay leaders.
- Get to know the clergy.
- Seek support from the bishop.
- Plan on paper then get the Bishop’s approval.
One major role of Evangelism Co-ordinators is that of providing leadership
alongside of others especially the diocesan co-ordinators. Leadership includes
developing positive relationships in the team and showing interest in team
members as subjects and not objects of the task to be accomplished. A sense
of humour and the ability to laugh at oneself is part of these skills.
Having appropriate gifts is helpful in participation and co-ordination
but a well- co-ordinated people will be more effective than working alone.
The ability of the position holder to be a team player is therefore very
vital for effective mission work. It is the Holy Spirit who impacts these
gifts and graces. People in mission should therefore strive to have a special
relationship with the Holy Spirit and should be most sensitive to His bidding
Teamwork is important. The Evangelism Co-ordinator should therefore
- Develop networking skills; connect and link groups together.
- Develop good and open relationships with your team; be interested in
them as people.
- Encourage contacts and connections.
- Think through problems with your team before you consider action.
- Listen to people, share the vision and set apart a team.
- Set up a public relations programme.
- Create an enabling environment.
- Develop networks, so that co-ordinators can meet regularly and foster
- Tell people they are doing a good job. (Some people never hear that
from anyone else.)
As evangelism is the task of every Christian, training will be on every
level. During the Decade of Evangelism retraining in evangelism for bishops
clergy and laity was recommended. The involvement of the diocesan bishop
in the support of the evangelism co-ordinator and evangelism in the diocese
is a priority and is often the key to effectiveness.
Areas of training
- Training for a co-ordinators before their appointment is important.
- Personal training for the diocesan co-ordinators in the area of their
specific gifting is also advantageous
- The training of the laity in faith sharing
We are living in a day of consultations on varying aspects of mission
and these have proved very effective in straightening relationships, networking,
sharing of information and learning from one another. Consultations should
be encouraged on the following levels.
- Diocesan Evangelism Co-ordinators - it is important for learning from
one another and exchange of ideas, strategies, successes and failures.
It is also important for mutual encouragement and envisioning.
- The same kind of consultation could be done on a diocesan level for
Mission is of God and from God. Therefore in order for an effective
co-ordination in mission engagement to be possible, there should be an
intimate relationship with God both by the faith community and by the mission
practitioner. Evangelism and Mission should be the first priority in all
church group activities