Commissioned by The Mission to End Leprosy

In his Presidential address to the 2016 Church of Ireland General Synod the Archbishop of Armagh suggested that commemorating 150 years since Disestablishment was an opportunity to have “a comprehensive, objective and external review” of ourselves as a Church community. He described it as an invitation to “lovingly but also critically, to tell us where we as a Christian tradition on this island need to strike out in new directions, while also valuing what we have received though succeeding generations”.

The paper reflects on the Church of Ireland commitment to mission – to carry the message out beyond the confines of itself? It asks what the Church of Ireland believes about mission, what affects its ability to deliver on this and what changes might encourage its effectiveness?

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