St Stephen’s is helping CMS to spread the Good News around the globe.
The five foundational policies of the Community (developed by John Venn, first chair of CMS) shape its mission strategy and the way in which its purpose is put into practice:
Follow God’s lead
Put prayer first, money second
Success depends on the quality of those appointed
Rely on the Spirit of God
The Community was originally called the Society for Missions to Africa and the East. It soon became known after its nickname the Church Missionary Society (‘Missionary’ later became ‘Mission’). In its first 200 years four 50-year phases of mission strategy can be identified:
(cross-cultural engagement, Bible translation, liturgical innovation)
(self-supporting, self-governing, and self-extending churches)
(institutions of social transformation: schools, hospitals, businesses)
(mission relationships, interchanging resources in global Christianity)
The first three of these phases form the background and basis for the three aspects of CMS mission: making disciples, resourcing leaders, and transforming communities; the fourth phase has become the basis for the new era in which CMS now works: global mission.
For more information about CMS see their website here.