Mission - Commissions - IASCOME
IASCOME - Travelling Together in God’s Mission
This is an interim report summarising work undertaken
by the 21 person Commission at its two meetings since their appointment
3. Mandate and Summary of Action.
This summarises how the Commission has addressed the six aspects of
the Mandate given to it by the Council.
4. Major Meetings held and forthcoming reports on three Conferences
- ‘Encounters on the Road’ – Provincial Mission
and Evangelism Co-ordinators Conference (Nairobi, Kenya, May 2002). This
very significant Conference, the first of its kind, highlighted a number
of mission themes (e.g the significance of encounter with Islam) identified
elsewhere in the Communion. The report and recommendations of this
Conference are in Appendices II and III. The ACC is asked
to support a follow up Conference in 2004.
- ‘Transformation and Tradition in Global Mission’;
Cyprus 12-18 February 2003
- This will be a major gathering of representatives of voluntary and
synodical mission organisations from across the Communion, the first since
- All-Africa HIV/AIDS Consultation; Johannesburg, August 2001. The
AIDS pandemic had been identified as one of the major mission issues facing
the Communion. A member of the Commission contributed to the planning
of the Conference. The Conference statement ‘Our Vision,
Our Hope’ is in Appendix IV.
5. Tasks Remitted to IASCOME reports on specific issues
on which the Commission has been asked to comment.
- ‘Mission 21’ – The church growth
programme developed by the Scottish Episcopal Church.
- Proposal from the GEM Network for a network of Anglican
Dioceses in Global Mission.
- NAME – a network of bishops in mission and evangelism
formed at Lambeth 1998.
- The South to South Movement – a network of representatives
of Churches in the south that emerged after the Brisbane 1986 Conference.
- The Anglican Gathering proposed for 2008.
- CWME – The ecumenical Commission for World Mission and
- The Partners in Mission process - IASCOME noted
that new forms of associating for mission are emerging, taking over from
the PIM consultation process.
- Companion Diocesan Links – the Commission keeps
a watching brief on this connections and how they can be encouraged to
6. Equipping and Formation for Mission
Theological education, training and formation for mission
has been long identified as a priority. This section reviews the
history of recent discussions, the remit given to the Commission, suggests
ways forward and reports that comments have been made to the Primates Strategic
Working Party on their initial report. The ACC is asked to
endorse the Commission’s role in its work on leadership training
and formation for mission.
7. Some Areas of Concern and Continuing Work.
Six broad areas of mission are listed and interim recommendations made
for consideration and comment by provinces.
- Islam and Islamisation. The theme of encounter
with Islam (often in very difficult situations) has run through reports
to the Commission of Mission and Evangelism across the Communion. This
section focuses particularly on areas of conflict and the challenge to
dialogue in such contexts. The recommendations call for gatherings
of those caught up in such situations for mutual support and learning.
- Developing Anglicanism: A Communion in Mission. The
section suggests that Anglican identity is to be found in its calling to
be a Communion in mission, in which the quality of relationships (koinonia)
are key characteristics of the effectiveness the Church, the pilgrim people
of God, and of its structures. ACC is asked to affirm the
Commission’s developing this thinking.
- The Journey towards Wholeness and Fullness of Life. Reports
from around the world identify many threats to life and of the forces of
death. Jesus calls us to life – but life through the cross. The
section focuses on the role of healing ministry, liturgies of healing,
healing of the psyche and the soul (individual and communal) alongside
programmes of peacemaking and conflict resolution. The recommendations
suggest ways the Commission and others might take these forward.
- Mission as Justice-Making and Peace-Building. Based
on reports of the role of Anglicans in working for peace and reconciliation,
the section looks at violence and the ways Christians in mission express
their calling to live in opposition to a culture of violence. The
recommendations to provinces suggest ways in which justice-making and peace-building
can be taken forward.
- Money, Power and Christian Mission. Based on reports
of how money and power can be used positively but can also be abused and
corrupt, the section comments on four aspects of the relationship of wealth
and power in the life of the Church and in Christian mission. Recommendations
to provinces highlight the importance of the Global Reporting Initiative
Standard as a guide to ethical investment and address issues of corruption
in the Church.
- Evangelism. The Commission notes that it has
evangelism as a major item for its future agenda.
8. Further Discussion Areas
- A list of members of the Commission
- A summary report of the Nairobi Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators
- Conclusions and Recommendations of that Consultation
- The Statement from the All Africa HIV/AIDS Conference
- Mission Focus Expressed by Commission Members
- Global Reporting Initiative
- Recommendations and Resolutions