Mission Scenarios

The Mission and Pastoral Measure lays down the general principle that it is the duty of any person or body carrying out functions under the 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.

The Toyne Report (A Measure for Measures, GS1528) commented that the Pastoral Measure 1983 offered more scope for innovative and unusual types of pastoral reorganisation than is sometimes understood. This page aims to provide information about such arrangements.

The arrangements are mostly based on actual examples of pastoral reorganisation which have taken place to meet particular needs, although a few emerged from discussion in the Toyne Group itself about how the Measure might be used to address specific problems. We have mocked up  examples which are not necessarily exhaustive and we are happy to explore suggestions for arrangements which might be appropriate in other circumstances.

The examples are based on two imaginary deaneries, one urban and one rural which are shown diagrammatically as pages 2 and 28. However, this is not to say that particular examples necessarily apply only to an urban or a rural situation. The emphasis in any locality should be on "what is the best arrangement for our needs?" In many cases this will be a more common arrangement such as a united benefice or a team or group ministry but in some cases more innovative solutions may be appropriate and in others a combination of the two.

The ten scenarios are summarised on the contents page. Those for the urban deanery (pages 3-24) are generally concerned with forms of cross-boundary working and each consists of a group of three pages, the first outlining a problem, the second showing the possible solution diagrammatically and the third describing its significant features. At the deanery level it is unlikely that all these scenarios would occur in one deanery at the same time but this illustrates the range of possibilities available.

For the rural deanery, page 29 describes the initial benefices and their staffing. Three scenarios, which are generally concerned with various forms of co-operative cross boundary working by a combination of a team and group ministry with a "network" parish, are developed in the subsequent pages.

A glossary covering terms used is on pages 40-43 and a grid showing some of the implications of arrangements arising from this presentation is on pages 37-39.

Pages 1-36 are also available as a PowerPoint presentation which can be sent to you by email or on a CD on request. Please email or telephone Peter Wagon for this or if you wish to discuss a particular scenario in more detail or to explore other possibilities or to make any suggestions or offer feedback. We are also very ready to give a presentation using this material to deaneries or dioceses and to discuss the issues and possibilities in more details.


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