Mission and Ministry Committee

The vision of the Diocese of Edinburgh is that every congregation be a community where people find faith, grow in faith and share their faith. Our diocese is varied in its traditions, styles of worship and theological approaches. This richness enhances our life together and we have a history of working well together and supporting one another. We are committed to the mission of God, working to listen to the Spirit of God, and encouraging one another to respond to that call in joyful service.

The Diocesan Mission and Ministry Committee exists to help each congregation to grow in their mission and ministry under this vision. The committee helps to resource congregations and clergy, enabling ongoing development and learning, and providing opportunities for people across the diocese to support and nurture each other in their faith journeys. It has committed to shape its work by the Anglican Five Marks of Mission. These state that the mission of the Church is the mission of Christ:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

It does this through distinct areas of expertise and discrete pieces of work, prioritising clergy development, international links, lay learning and support of the young people of the diocese. The work of the committee is undertaken by smaller groups drawn from people around the diocese, who come together to enhance the life of the diocese for shorter periods of time. The work includes the practical – signposting to resources and sharing information; the investigative – discovering gifts of the people of the diocese and encouraging their contribution to the life of the diocese; the wider picture – as we link to the Province and the world-wide church.

Much of the work of DMMC is undertaken by volunteers from across the diocese who are not members of the committee. This includes planning and delivery of the Big Day, support for vestries, and leadership at youth events. There are many opportunities to get involved in the work, and the convenor would be delighted to discuss ideas and offers of help.