Our Vision

A people with hearts on fire, loving God, walking with Jesus and led by the Spirit

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 which reflects on opportunities and resources available to a local church and informs a strategy to direct activities and decision making over the coming years.

All parishes are asked to submit a MAP summary along with their MAP, using the attached template. Please email the summary with your MAP to your Area Bishop, Archdeacon and Stephen Hance, the Canon Missioner.


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

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.

1. Listening and Reflecting

2. Discerning Vision, Choosing Priorities and Planning for Action

3. Acting on the Plan and Reviewing 

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.

There are MAP advisers for each of the Archdeaconries to give consultancy and advice:

We also have MAP facilitators to 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, ccing Vanessa Elston into the email.  It is helpful to let Vanessa know if you are currently engaging in the process of MAP or other mission related activities.