Anglican Missions at the Wellington Diocese Camp!

21 October 2019

Four staff from the Anglican Missions’ office attended the Wellington Diocese’s Ministry Leaders Camp this year, as part of the centennial celebrations of missions in the Three Tikanga Anglican Church.

We hosted a panel interview of Anglican Missions and NZCMS, asking and answering some of the common questions we get asked on a regular basis, such as:

What does Anglican Missions do? We ensure every parish is engaged with overseas mission.

Why does Anglican Missions focus on overseas mission? The Great Commission – to get out there. To GO. There are national and locally-based agencies that support and serve the last the lost and least in Aotearoa New Zealand (such as Wellington City Mission) and evangelism focussed commitments (such as our friends in the Church Army and alpha), churches and initiatives that focus on discipling (such as Cursillo and 3DM), and local initiatives that are addressing God’s creation – so there is room for a broader global focus. Local mission and global mission are not mutually exclusive. You can’t do one without the other. They are sides of the same coin. And the needs in our own neighbourhood (the Pacific) and further afield are great (e.g. Vanuatu is the most vulnerable country in the world; climate change is already having an impact; the poor are disproportionately impacted by disasters and climate change).

Where do Anglican Missions’ funds come from? Diocese commit funding at Synods; Parishes; Individuals; in an emergency, sometimes other agencies

If I gave $10 to Anglican Missions’ general fund in 2018, how would it have been divided up? Below is a cent by cent breakdown of payments that would have been made:

We also ran a fun, facilitated workshop inviting people to explore questions related to overseas mission in small groups. Questions included a choice of “Free water or free chocolate?” intended to make us think about our priviledged position of being able to obtain free, clean drinking water in New Zealand, and the disparity of want and need across our world.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the panel and the workshop, and especially to Rosie Fyfe (NZCMS Director) and Guy Benton (Better World), who joined us in the panel interview. Read Rosie’s write-up on the camp here

Anglican Missions would like to thank Paul Carey and the team at the Wellington Diocese for inviting us. It was really great to be a part of the camp, and to meet so many people with a passion for overseas mission!