I am at an ecumenical gathering in Turku, Finland and listening to a paper on Anglican approaches to mission and unity. As I listen to this paper by Martin Davie. I realise I have never really engaged with the Anglican 5 Marks of Mission. Here they are, what do you make of them?
The fact that Anglicans see mission as involving more than simply evangelism can be seen in the ‘Five Marks of Mission,’ produced by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1990. These are the closest thing there is to an official Anglican definition of mission and they declare that the mission of the Church is and they say that mission means:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform the unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
- The integration of evangelism and social transformation.
- The balance between mercy ministry and political and structural change.
- The inclusion of environmental concern.
- The holding together of all five of these aspects is underlined – especially as evangelism is increasingly being marginalised in some churches.
- As a baptist love the inclusion of “baptism of new believers”
 Mission in a Broken World – Report of ACC 8 Wales 1990, London: Anglican Consultative Council ,1990,