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Mission Action Planning for the Diocese of Derby

Mission Action Toolkit

The Mission Action Toolkit is a set of resources that can help any church, of whatever tradition, size, context or type, to join in with responding to the missional aims of the Diocesan Vision. If you would like to know more about the Diocesan Vision and its missional aims, you can do so here.

The Toolkit is based on Mission Action Planning for Derby Diocese, which we have been using since 2010 to help churches grow as healthy, worshipping communities that engage in God's mission in the world. However, it is a more focused, streamlined toolkit that is flexible and light-tough enough for any church to use. Churches can use the Toolkit in many different ways and adapt it to suit their own context and style.

The Toolkit isn't another thing to do or an extra initiative. It is a process to help with that which has always been central to the identity, calling and purpose of every single expression of church - to engage in God's mission in the world. It can help churches to acknowledge and celebrate what God is already doing in and through them in mission, and to hear God's call to grow and develop in their mission further.

The Toolkit consists of six core resources, which are all downloadable below. More resources will be added in the future, and all the resources of the existing full MAP process, found in these pages, are also available to use with the Mission Action Toolkit.

  • Quick Start Guide - an accessible introduction to the Mission Action Toolkit, suitable for anyone in the church.
  • Introduction for Church Leaders - a more detailed guide intended for use by any church leader, lay or ordained.
  • Missional Aims Summary - a single-sheet overview of the different aspects of each missional aim.
  • Resource Sheets - a rich set of theological reflections, discussion questions, prayers and ideas for actions for every aspect of our missional aims.
  • Questionnaire - one way in which to gather information from the church as a part of the Mission Action Toolkit process.
  • Action Sheet - a way of recording and tracking the actions a church decides to undertake.

The Mission Action Toolkit is designed to be adapted and used independently by any church. However, help and support is available to help churches as they use the Toolkit. To find help, please contact:

Jason Kennedy Diocesan Missioner
e jason.kennedy@derby.anglican.org
t 07539 483733
Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR


Missional aims videos

Please watch and enjoy these five-minute videos, each offering a light Biblical reflection by Diocesan Missioner Revd Jason Kennedy on one aspect of our missional aims, ‘Transformed Lives’, 'Growing Church' and 'Building Community'.

They form a part of the Mission Action Toolkit, which helps churches to engage with God’s mission in an approachable, practical and flexible way.

The videos can be used for individual reflection, as a light sermon or an introduction to a conversation in small groups or, for example, a Lent group.


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 language 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:

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:

Jason Kennedy Diocesan Missioner
e jason.kennedy@derby.anglican.org
t 07539 483733
Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

Last modified on Friday, 17 June 2022 12:47