Why MAP for the Diocese of Derby?
Mission Action Planning (known as MAP) is a process developed by Mark Ireland and Mike Chew, published in 2009 and revised in 2016.
It is designed to help churches to engage with their communities in relevant ways and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them in word and action.
We have used MAP in the Diocese of Derby consistently since 2010. We have regularly updated and revised our implementation of MAP, listening to the many churches who have benefitted from it.
This latest version, MAP for the Diocese of Derby, makes some significant changes that we hope will transform your experience of using it.
If you have previously decided against using MAP, we hope that you will consider this latest revision. If you have used MAP before, we hope this latest revision will be even more fruitful for your church.
So how is MAP for Derby Diocese different?
- Christ centred, theologically based
Theology and lanuage that is faithful to God's call to His Church, rather than being over-reliant on secular models and language.
- Less about doing, more about being
Focuses not on yet more things to do, but on becoming the healthy, flourishing Church God is already calling us to be.
- Covering the whole common life of the church
Encompassing the whole life of God's Church so that every part of His Church is involved, ensuring a balanced, whole-life approach.
- Usable in any context
Usable in any context, tradition or church size, and at any level (church, parish, benefice, deanery or other grouping).
- Three simple principles, three core elements
Ecclesiastes reminds us that, 'a threefold cord is not quickly broken' (Ecc 4.12b); adhering to these principles and elements should ensure that, in using MAP for Derby Diocese, the work God does in and through the church will be lasting and fruitful, whilst also leaving the church free to adapt the process, changing the language and materials as needed.
MAP for Derby Diocese Resources
If you'd like to dive straight in with the main MAP for Derby Diocese printable resources for use in your church, you can download them all using these links:
- A5 Introductory Leaflet to MAP for Derby Diocese
- MAP for Derby Diocese Leader's Guide
- MAP for Derby Diocese Core Principles
- MAP for Derby Diocese Characteristics
- Church Health Check Leader's Guide
- Church Health Check Survey (Short)
- Church Health Check Survey (Full)
- Church Health Check Leaders' Survey
If you'd like to find out a little more, then click on the section blocks above. Additional resources that may be helpful as you use MAP for Derby Diocese can be found at the bottom of each of these sections, under 'Further Help and Resources' (where available).
If you are still running with the MAP versions previously used in Derby Diocese and need extra copies of the materials, please get in touch using the details below and we'd be glad to help.
Help and Information
For more help and information about MAP for Derby Diocese, please contact:
Rev. Jason Kennedy, Diocesan Missioner
Derby Church House