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MAP in other dioceses and further afield


The earliest dioceses to develop and adopt Mission Action Planning in the Church of England were London and York, closely followed by others including Llandaff, in the early 2000s. This means that there is a wealth of MAP experience in the UK and further afield - and evidence of its contribution to strengthening mission, ministry and discipleship in parishes.

On this page you will find info about

  • the MAP Handbook written by Mark Ireland and Mike Chew and published by SPCK
  • the national Church MAPs website which was first created in the mid 2000s and is in the process of being updated;
  • MAP resources from a number of dioceses and national churches in the UK;
  • MAP approaches in the world-wide church.

Please let us know what you find specially helpful. Let us know if there are ways you think we could adopt or adapt approaches you like on this page for use in Hereford Diocese. And also, please let us know of any other resources that you value which we could add/adopt/adapt.


MAP Handbook

How to do Mission Action Planning by Mark Ireland and Mike Chew

Two authors with extensive experience of Mission Action Planning.

Chapters include: Experience; theological reflection on MAP; MAP and other approaches to mission; producing a MAP; examples; MAP as part of a diocesan growth strategy; MAP resources.

SPCK 2009 Price £9.99 ISBN 978 0 281 06122 8

This book can be borrowed from our diocesan resources centre in Ludlow.


The Church MAPs website

A website that was set up in the relatively early days of Mission Action Planning in the UK. It includes a range of MAP materials from dioceses that have been involved in Mission Action Planning over the years. Not all the links still work as pages on diocesan sites have inevitably been moved around or discontinued. The website is in the process of being updated. Links to Mission Action Planning in Hereford Diocese will be included as the updating is done.

Mission Action Planning resources from a selection of UK dioceses and national churches

Salisbury Diocese Bishop Alistair was involved in leading and encouraging Mission Action Planning when he was Archdeacon in Salisbury Diocese. Here are some of the materials he brought with him from there. Salisbury MAP guide - Sherborne Episcopal Area

Chester Diocese In Chester Diocese where Archdeacon Paddy was before moving to Hereford Diocese, Mission Action Planning is called Growth Action Planning. Here is a two sided sheet of Chester GAP guidance , Chester audit sheet and a link to Chester Diocese's GAP web pages.

MAP approaches in the wider church

Published Mission Action Planning resources are now available from Australia.

Mission Action Planning is making a difference in the vast, far flung rural diocese of Rupertsland, Canada.

The Bishop of Rupertsland, Don Philips, has been deeply committed to the ministry of all the baptised and to collaborative ministry for many years. The diocese is very positively combining the emphases of Mission Action Plannning and the Five Marks of Mission with collaborative ministry, just as we are aiming to here in Hereford Diocese. We hope to see Bishop Don in the diocese on his next trip to the UK.