Church Mission Society has launched a unique new photo competition designed to capture the extent of mission taking place across the UK and beyond.
CMS’s ‘Mission Is’ survey found that around half of the UK’s Christians were involved in mission, sharing Jesus with those around them. The ‘This is Mission’ photo competition has been designed to celebrate this tidal wave of mission, which is reaching many people who would never dream of entering a church building.
Naomi Steinberg, head of communications at CMS, said: “The ‘This is Mission’ photo competition is an opportunity for everyday Christians, not just ‘mission professionals’, to submit photos of what mission is, and has been, for them. Despite what many people say, God is not dead…all over the world Christians are sharing their lives and answering God’s call to creatively and generously share Jesus with those in need.”
Naomi continued, “We hope the photo competition will enable CMS to build a ‘mission photo wall’ that will inspire more Christians as they take in the extent of mission going on and encourage others to take the plunge into mission, some for the first time. So whether it is a community lunch, an environmental project, a holiday club, coffee-making, vintage cars, a visit to kids in Africa or simply supporting a mission partner from your church, we want to hear about it.”
Photos from the competition will appear across CMS’s communication channels including its website churchmissionsociety.org, social media channels including Facebook and Instagram, and The Call, CMS’s flagship publication. Entry is free and open to anyone over the age 18. To enter the competition people should go to churchmissionsociety.org/photo, which provides the competition guidelines and background information.
A selection of the best photos will appear on the CMS website and social media channels and the overall winner selected by the judges will receive a cash prize. Entries close on 1 November 2019 and the winner will be announced be announced on 15 November 2019.