Council for World Mission
The Council for World Mission is a worldwide partnership of Christian churches. The 32 members are committed to sharing their resources of money, people, skills and insights globally to carry out God’s mission locally. CWM was created in 1977 and incorporates the London Missionary Society (1795), the Commonwealth Missionary Society (1836) and the (English) Presbyterian Board of Missions (1847).
“Fullness of life Through Christ, for all Creation”
We are partners of God and we participate in God’s work with others. Churches are called to prophetic witness, to proclaim and live out the vision of Jesus Christ of fullness of life for all creation.
Our vision inspires us to action, to decisively and urgently live out our faith, walking together as partners in God’s mission and working in harmony with the whole of God’s creation for its freedom and wholeness. Living the values of fullness of life for all creation, and resisting the norms of Empire we participate in God’s alternative.
“Called to partnership in Christ to mutually challenge, encourage, and equip churches to share in God’s mission”
The mission context and God’s mandate of fullness of life for all creation demand a holistic understanding of mission. This compels churches today to be faithful in proclaiming God’s fullness of life. We believe that this can be best lived out in the context of local congregations. We therefore commit ourselves to enabling member bodies to develop missional congregations where the affirmation of life and hope are experienced in community.
Our values are aspirational, describing both the way CWM does work and the way CWM desires to work (both the now and the not yet). These values are relevant both to how members within CWM should relate to one another, and how the organisation of CWM (including the Secretariat, Assembly, and other functions) should operate. Our organisational values are:
- Justice in relationships
- Mutuality, equality and interdependence
- Generosity of spirit
- Unity in diversity