Our mission community

“Being part of CMS feels more like being part of a community or even a family” – Anna and Chris Hembury, Hull

What Church Mission Society means to us…

Thousands of people from all walks of life are part of the CMS family. Though we come from diverse backgrounds, we are united in our commitment to God’s mission.

“Being part of CMS feels more like being part of a community or even a family…. Coming together we have all the advantages of family gatherings: food, conversation, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a hand to hold, a fond roll of the eyes at familiar quirks or irritations, the challenge of being somehow united by blood while often holding differing perspectives or theological peculiarities… We have the space and trust to live out our calling and carve out our own lives while always carrying the strength, prayers and support of that family…. We love the mix of people and places. We love the way it maintains intimacy but [is] always open, inviting, shifting its edges. We even love its exasperatingly dysfunctional bits, because it seems somehow more human. We love being part of something rooted, redemptive, eye opening, world changing, community building, boundary pushing, risk taking, faith informing. Yeah, hard to put into words really.”

Anna and Chris Hembury, mission partners in Hull for more than a decade

“CMS is an inspiration to my Christian life. It encourages me to think about my real reason for being a Christian, which is mission.”

Ann Bower, Birmingham

“I’m a member of CMS because I want to change the world and meet and collaborate with others who want to change the world. CMS seems full of this kind of people! Their motivation comes from their love for Jesus, love for the world and love for people and that is infectious. I have learned so much about mission, about God, about the world, about myself. I have been inspired by so many people I have met and in many ways I have found a home base. Like many pioneers, I am a creative person and always have new ideas and see possibilities for transformation. Rather than feeling threatened by this, CMS is a community with pioneering in its DNA so seems to effectively say ‘bring it on!’.”

Jonny Baker, CMS director of mission education, London

“Being a member of CMS keeps me sane because in CMS I see the work of the gospel embodied and worked out, here and across the world, in a way that is appropriate to people today….CMS understands mission – that we are all called to be witnesses to the good news, and that the way we are called to witness may be different from the way many others may expect – and celebrates, encourages and trains people to pursue these God-given vocations.”

Peter Hemming, chair of the Yorkshire CMS group, Leeds

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