The five marks of mission

In the years since the 1987 Swanwick Declaration there has been an increasing commitment to mission.

Many hold this alongside the equally strong conviction that unity is essential for both Christian integrity and effective mission.

The Five Marks of Mission, endorsed by the Lambeth Conference 1988 and the Forum of Churches Together in England 1997, provide another resource in the Churches' common currency.

  • To proclaim the good news of the kingdom TELL
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers TEACH
  • To respond to human need by loving service TEND
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society TRANSFORM
  • To safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth TREASURE

These 'Five Marks' can be used as a tool for discovering the mission work being done by local churches, affirming what is in place, spotting the gaps, deciding the best ways of moving forward. In this way 'The Five Marks' can promote a sense of Churches Together engaging in Mission Together.

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