Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Mission of Ministry:
The church, at its best, is the local community meeting together to worship God, listening and exploring God’s word and responding by bringing to life the prayer ‘thy Kingdom come’. Churches have a long and honourable tradition of working for, with and in the local community. Through the centuries, churches have played a leading role in:
- the provision of education and other children’s work
- the establishment, provision and continuing support of healthcare
- working in the public and private sectors including industry and prisons
- challenging the causes of poverty and providing relief from its impact
- abolishing slavery from the time of Wilberforce through to Jubilee 2000
- providing sustenance and shelter
- from soup kitchens to housing associations
Some of the work is motivated from the teaching and ministry of Jesus, including the call to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit the imprisoned. Today this missionary role continues through national organisations and, most importantly, through the mission and ministry of local churches who seek to promote social inclusion and wellbeing in their local community.
It is not possible to prescribe a general solution for, or to legislate against, every local problem. Community matters are often most effectively dealt with from grassroots initiatives, where enthusiasm and zeal, commitment and collaboration, and local knowledge and understanding combine to make the biggest difference.
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