Bishops' Mission Orders

Part 1 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 lays down the general principle that it is the duty of any person or body carrying out functions under this Measure "to have due regard to the furtherance of the mission of the Church of England".

Mission means "the whole mission of the Church of England, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical."

These pages outline some of the possibilities under legislation to provide for "mission initiatives" and innovative and unusual types of pastoral reorganisation.

Part 7 of the 2011 Measure deals with new bishops' mission orders which bishops can use to endorse and provide recognition and oversight for new forms of Church developing alongside traditional ones.

Code of Practice

In order to provide the correct references to the legislation governing bishops' mission orders, a working text reproduction of the House of Bishops' Code of Practice on bishops' mission orders is available under the Resources sidebar. This incorporates, for the benefit of users, minor changes (references to legislation) to reflect the effect of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

The original House of Bishops' Code of Practice on bishops' mission orders was approved by General Synod in February 2008 and can also be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link on the Resources sidebar.


A skeleton Bishop's Mission Order and Supplementary Instrument have been prepared in order to assist those making the Order and can be downloaded from the Resources sidebar. This is intended as a guide in framing the documentation; different arrangements can be made locally if the bishop agrees. These documents will be reviewed in the light of experience.


As other resources are developed, details of where to find them will appear on a new resource created by Fresh Expressions and Church Army in order to develop practical wisdom on planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church. It will also hold a developing list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


If you have a general enquiry or comments about these web pages please contact Rex Andrew.