Very good news this week for CMS, with whom I am doing some work at the moment. We have been officially recognised by the Church of England as a community of mission - the offical status is ‘acknowledged community’. This represents both a significant evolution - from a mission organisation to a community of mission - and perhaps also a return to roots. In its beginnings 200 years ago the society seemed to have had a real community feel - emerging from a socially engaged group of Christ-followers known as the Clapham Sect, which included the great anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.
I’m excited that part of my role in my current work with CMS is to help us make this transition to community. Earlier this week we introduced a form of Daily Prayer for CMS to the staff at Oxford. We used it at Monday morning staff prayers, and it seemed to go well. This is something I’ve been working on with Gill Poole and Mark Berry. We’ve drawn on the story and experience of CMS to come up with a starting point. Our hope is that the world-wide CMS community will contribute to its evolution, and that it will shape us as a community as we use it.