Between 1984 and 1990, the Anglican Consultative Council—a cooperative board representing Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world—developed a checklist of “Five Marks of Mission” for congregations to consider in their mission endeavors:
(1) to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom (tell)
(2) to teach, baptize, and nurture new believers (teach)
(3) to respond to human need by loving service (tend)
(4) to seek to transform unjust structures of society and to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation (transform)
(5) to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth (treasure)
These marks have since become the official mission agenda of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church.
The Lambeth Council, a once-per-year council of Anglican and Episcopal bishops around the world, declared in 1998 that “Mission is God’s way of loving and saving the world.” At St. Stephen’s we have been passionate to take part in that work and remain actively engaged in a number of initiatives and projects to help transform our community and the world.