‘Deputations’ are effectively ‘mission speakers’ – people who share mission stories, tell of the work in the mission field, and encourage and mobilise our Church for mission.
In NZ, Anglican Missions and NZCMS (NZ Church Missionary Society) partner together to enable Anglicans from New Zealand to participate in overseas mission.
Mission sending: NZCMS acts as the mission sending arm, recruiting and preparing candidates (Mission Partners) for the mission field, and providing support while they are overseas. NZCMS aims to “inform, inspire and mobilise the Church for God’s mission in NZ and beyond” (NZCMS Snapshot 2018 magazine, page 42).
Mission funding: Anglican Missions is the mission funding arm, providing an annual grant that covers about 50% of the budgeted direct costs of Mission Partners, with the aim of “Mobilising the Church to pray, give, go and support the global missions of our Church, and to tell mission stories” (Annual Report 2017, page 3).