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Church Mission Society: the big picture

Church Mission Society. Who?

Good question, since we are all about the “who” – our people.

We are a community of people who have been set free to follow God’s call in mission. Thousands of people from all walks of life are part of Church Mission Society – praying, learning and acting together in pursuit of that call.

Like Ann-Marie, who has dedicated her life to eradicating FGM (female genital mutilation) in Africa
Like Manoj, who is training Christian leaders for the fast-growing church in Nepal
Cristina Vargas
Like Cristina, who accompanies excluded indigenous people through Argentina's healthcare system
Luke Larner
Like Luke, one of our pioneer course students, who builds relationships with bikers 
St Paul's Wokingham
Like Saint Paul's Wokingham, Saint Nicholas Embrook and Woosehill Church, who have started a three-year journey to focus on mission in their local community
Rev Rana Youab Khan
Like Rana, a London vicar who is passionate about sharing the gifts of Asian Christians with the UK church
Dominic Monney
Like Dominic, who ran the Brighton marathon to raise money for mission
Barbara Oakley
Like Barbara, who faithfully leads a local group that prays for people in mission 
Isaac Frisby
Like Isaac, who works in our Oxford office, helping connect people to opportunities

We believe every Christian – and ultimately every person – is called to join in God's mission and has the potential to bring challenge, change, hope and freedom to the world.

We all have a part to play.

Our interesting history 

Our story began more than 200 years ago with a group of Christians whose hearts were stirred to put their call into action. This group included people like William Wilberforce, John Venn, and John Newton. Together they worked to abolish the slave trade, they fought for the rights of oppressed people at home and they launched out on dangerous seas to share Jesus with the world. The effects of their efforts – as well as the work of thousands of men and women who have followed in their footsteps – are still seen and felt across the globe today.

The call today

We believe all of God’s people are called to join in God’s mission. But there are lots of things that keep people from putting this call into action: confusion, fear, busy-ness, lack of resources, lack of support; the list goes on.

We want to cross things off that list and help set people free from whatever is holding them back from mission. For some people, this will mean going overseas; for some this will mean staying local.

Currently, there are Church Mission Society people in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Some have been sent from Britain and Europe, some have been sent by their local church in partnership with us, some through our sister societies CMS-Africa and Asia CMS. And we are committed to helping Christians in the UK receive the gifts of the global church.

So what's your passion? What's your call?

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