To download the MAP Summary form please click on the link on the right hand side. It's at the top of the list of downloads.
Mission Action Planning is a tool which has proved effective and fruitful in many dioceses in recent years. It is a prayerful process of looking, listening and reflection, leading into planning and prioritising, seeking, with the Spirit's guidance to discern both a vision and also a course of action. Typically that course of action might have a three to five year dimension and yearly priorities.
A brief look at the four stages of the MAP Process - shown in the diagram above - are as follows:
- Look or Review - a time to Look and Listen, often called an audit. Getting into the community and looking beyond the local area to consider needs of the wider world, and as well considering the life and values of the church community.
- Discern or Choose - out of the looking, a time to develop and articulate a vision, which will energise and unite the church. When the vision is owned, the priorities and goals flow naturally.
- Plan - taking each of the goals and asking 'How?' Again a very prayerful approach is vital as people take on responsibility for specific actions, working to agreed dates.
- Act - getting started. Keep praying and communicating together - recognise where modification may be necessary in the light of real experience. Celebrate achieved goals together!
You can download from this page a number of documents to help you in this process - see right-hand menu.
In order to help parishes travel this journey, we are seeking to identify a good number of Mission Accompaniers - their role will be, 'as it says on the tin', to accompany parishes as they, in their different ways, seek to discern and take steps which lead more deeply into the mission of God in the world and in our lives.
A guide on the 'Role of Mission Accompanier' is available to download.