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 allows local churches to reflect on the opportunities and resources available to them, and helps them to direct their 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 e-mail the summary and your MAP to your Area Bishop, Archdeacon and the Mission Support Officer, Jo Gavin. 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.


Mission Action Planning: A ‘how to’ guide Mission Action Planning: Resources and Templates

People to support Mission Action Planning

Joanna Gavin is the first point of contact for questions and support regarding MAP.

Each of the Archdeaconries has MAP advisers who can give advice.

We also have MAP facilitators who can work with parishes and PCCs in developing a vision and plan. Please contact Jo Gavin if you would like help with this, or if you are interested in the role of voluntary MAP facilitator.

Where to send your MAP

Please e-mail your completed MAPs and your reviewed MAPs to your Area Bishop and Archdeacon, as well as the Mission Support Officer, Jo Gavin. Please make sure you have included the MAP timelines, the ‘to’ and ‘from’ dates, on your MAP document.

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