How to do Mission Action Planning


How to Do Mission Action Planning (SPCK, 2009) was the first book to appear on the MAP process, at a time when it was beginning to have a significant impact. In this fully revised and expanded edition, the authors offer further critical evaluation and theological reflection, by drawing on the experiences of people who have been using the MAP process in different contexts from their own:

Fr Damian Feeney, parish priest and Catholic Missioner of Lichfield diocese
Canon David Banbury, leader of Parish Mission Support, Blackburn diocese
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans
Dr Stephen Hance, Canon Missioner of Southwark diocese
Linda Rayner, the United Reformed Church co-ordinator for Fresh Expressions

‘This is a rare book – a refreshing meditation on planning for mission – and one that is rooted in spirituality. As the authors show, the church and its mission arise from our vision of God. And once that vision has been realised, churches are able to become more intentional about their mission. Our vocation to share God’s love is not an option or an afterthought. It is the heart and soul of our faith. Mission – and our planning of it – should not fill us with fear or foreboding. Rather, as the authors argue, the call to share God’s love can be evermore meaningful, even as mission becomes more methodical.’
The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford

‘This is a must-read for anyone using MAP. The rich theological reflection, the detailed unpacking of the 4 MAP phases and the learning offered by the 5 guest practitioners add up to an impressive offering. This book enables good questions to be asked, overflows with wise reflection and contains oodles of practical examples, ideas and resources. I commend it to all local church leaders who are seeking to discern how best to translate the prayer ‘your kingdom come’ into appropriate church and congregational action.’
John Dunnett, General Director, CPAS

'This timely revision is honest, well researched and carefully put together - an important contribution to the necessary change of culture required in today's Church.'
Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn

About the Author

Mark Ireland was ordained in Blackburn Cathedral and served for 14 years as a curate and vicar in Lancashire, before becoming Lichfield Diocesan Missioner. In 2007, he returned to parish ministry as Vicar of All Saints Wellington with Eyton, in Shropshire, and he is now Archdeacon of Blackburn. Mark has co-authored several other books, including Making New Disciples (SPCK, 2015), and is a member of the Archbishops’ Council.

Mike Chew has been the Business Excellence Director for Philips Lighting, and was responsible for the development and implementation of the Philips global improvement strategy process, whilst also being churchwarden of an Anglican parish in Lancashire. He is currently serving as MAP and growth strategy facilitator for the Blackburn diocese.

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