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The Five Marks of Mission – What Would Yours Be?

Mission 21st CenturyMissiologists Andrew Walls and Cathy Ross are editors of the book Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of the Global Mission.  Cathy Ross works for the Church Mission Society in Oxford, and Professor Andrew Walls was formerly the Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh.  While the editors say, “the five marks are neither a perfect or complete definition of mission”, the are rich “with potential and they do form a good working basis for a holistic approach to mission.”  As you read the five marks that they explore in this book, consider writing a reply of what your five marks would be, or which marks you agree with or disagree with, or which would you keep and what would you add.

1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptise, and nurture new believes
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth?

4 Responses to The Five Marks of Mission – What Would Yours Be?

  1. arlenerauen says:

    I have been working on what I value most in the gatherings I attend and think this would be a great discussion point & reflective of your giftings whomever posts here…I will consider and post later but look forward to others insights though I am not a leader in the church I serve….I do think the gathering of God’s people to worship Him simply because He is God would be in my mission marks in some form

  2. Maybe just a minor adjustment to the first mark. For proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, I’d emphasis this happens in word and deed. I think that healings, prophetic words of knowledge and encouragement, and deliverance from spiritual attacks are essential to pointing to the coming Kingdom.

  3. Arlene Rauen says:

    OK better said: Worship, Outreach, Relationships, Discipleship and Serving {Arlene’s 5 marks of mission}

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