Mission Action Planning
Launched in 2014 Mission Action Planning is a central part of Southwark’s Strategy for Ministry and Growth
In March 2016 the Diocesan Synod overwhelmingly passed the vision for mission statement which relates the Five Marks of Mission to Mission Action Planning.
Overview of MAP
A Mission Action Plan (MAP) is a process of strategic planning that reflects on opportunities and resources available to a local church and informs a strategy to direct activities and decision-making over the coming years.
- Revised and Expanded ‘How To Do Mission Action Planning: prayer, process and practice’ (SPCK 2016) by Mike Chew and Mark Ireland.
- PowerPoint presentation from MAP launch events by Stephen Hance, Canon Missioner
- A useful flow chart that prompts some relevant questions and illustrates general outcomes of the process
- A detailed outline of MAP process
All parishes are asked to submit a MAP summary along with their MAP, using the attached template. Please email the summary and your MAP to your Area Bishop, Archdeacon and the Canon Missioner Jay Colwill. Please include the anticipated timeline for your MAP, the 'to' and 'from' dates, as we enter these onto the database.
The heart of MAP is a process by which a church comes to understand its mission and put that into effect, rather than the product of a document. These are the core values at the heart of the MAP process that reflect what we are aiming for.
In addition to the Mission Action Plan summary, you may like to use:
There are three stages in the process of MAP, click on each stage below for resources and information.
People to Support Mission Action Planning
Vanessa Elston, the Diocesan Mission Support Officer, is the first point of contact for questions and support regarding MAP.
Each of the Archdeaconries has MAP advisers who can give advice:
Greenwich and Woolwich: Rev Margaret Cave.
Southwark: Rev Jonathan Roberts
Lambeth: Rev Stephen Coulson
Wandsworth: Rev Stephen Melluish
Croydon and Reigate: Rev Shane Woods
We also have MAP facilitators who can work with parishes and PCCs in developing a vision and plan. Please contact Vanessa if you would like help with this. If you would be interested in the role of voluntary MAP facilitator, please contact Vanessa.
Where to send your MAP?
Please email your completed MAPs and your reviewed MAPs to your Area Bishop and Archdeacon, and the Canon Missioner Jay Colwill, ccing Vanessa Elston into the email. Please make sure you have included the MAP timelines, the 'to' and 'from' dates, on your MAP document.