Mission Action Plans

Why do we need a Mission Action Plan?

It’s a well-known truism that ‘if you aim at nothing, you’re bound to hit it’. The same is true for our mission and ministry. We might look around our churches and wish for more people, warmer buildings, a richer prayer life, more young people, committed volunteers, stable finances, more engaging sermons or better coffee – but if we don’t have a vision for the future and a plan to get there we never will.

What is a Mission Action Plan?

A Mission Action Plan (MAP) is a document which articulates the vison for growth which has been agreed within a Mission Community and the practical steps needed to move towards this. MAPs are a local expression of the Diocesan Vision: to grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy.

A MAP is not just a list of what you currently do, neither is it a static document. MAPs develop over time and change as they are used. The practical steps described in you MAP can be used to set the agenda for the Parish or Mission Community Council and help you to stay focussed on the things which you have decided are most important.

A MAP doesn’t have to be a complicated document. The example below is a simple four-point MAP which is structured around the three-fold diocesan vision. Please click the image to download the MAP.

Four-point MAP

Some other examples of different ways to present a MAP are available below. All these show how the diocesan vision can be used to expand local strategic priorities set following a vision day or consultation exercise. Please click the image to download the full MAP.


Text based MAPGrid style MAPInteractive MAP





Mission and Ministry Development Team

The Mission and Ministry Development Team are here to walk with mission communities as they produce a MAP or revisit their existing strategy. During the process they will draw on local expertise and link mission communities with expert practitioners and advisers who can help develop the details of their MAP. Each archdeaconry has a Mission and Ministry Development Adviser who will work with the Archdeacon and be your first port-of-call as you write or revise a MAP.

Getting Help and Support

To contact the Mission and Ministry Development Team, please call Jon Marlow or the Development Adviser for your Archdeaconry.

Mission and Ministry Development Team Leader
Development Adviser for Plymouth Archdeaconry
Jon Marlow Tel: 01392 294942 Email Jon

Development Adviser for Barnstaple Archdeaconry
to be appointed

Development Adviser for Exeter Archdeaconry
Penny Doe Email Penny

Development Adviser for Totnes Archdeaconry
Sam Upham Email Sam

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