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Resolution Number: 2009-D027
Title: Adopt the Five Marks of Mission
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention adopt the following “Five Marks of Mission” as articulated by the Anglican Consultative Council and addressed to the Anglican Communion:

And be it further

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention recommend the "Five Marks of Mission" as the five top strategic priorities for The Episcopal Church, and request Program, Budget and Finance and the Executive Council to center the budget for the 2013-2015 triennium around these strategic priorities; and be it further

Resolved, That Convention recommits The Episcopal Church to mutual responsibility and interdependence in the Body of Christ with the provinces and churches of the Anglican Communion in keeping with “A Covenant for a Communion in Mission” commended by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC13-2005); and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the General Convention communicate the substance of this resolution to: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and Primates and the leadership of the churches and provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 2009 (New York: General Convention, 2009), p. 702.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author: Dr. Bonnie Anderson
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on World Mission

House of Deputies

The House of Deputies Committee on World Mission presented its Report #2 on Resolution D027 (Five Marks of Mission) and moved adoption with amendment.

Original Text of Resolution:

(D027)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention adopt the following “Five Marks of Mission” as articulated by the Anglican Communion:

- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

- To teach, baptise (sic) and nurture new believers

- To respond to human need by loving service

- To seek to transform unjust structures of society

- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

And be it further

Resolved, That Convention recommits The Episcopal Church to mutual responsibility and interdependence in the Body of Christ with the provinces and churches of the Anglican Communion in keeping with “A Covenant for a Communion in Mission” commended by the 13th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (Nottingham 2005); and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the General Convention communicate the substance of this resolution to: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and Primates, and the leadership of the churches and provinces of the Anglican Communion

Committee Amendment:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention adopt the following “Five Marks of Mission” as articulated by the Anglican Communion:

- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

- To teach, baptise (sic) and nurture new believers

- To respond to human need by loving service

- To seek to transform unjust structures of society

- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

And be it further

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention recommend the “Five Marks of Mission” as the five top strategic priorities for The Episcopal Church, and request Program, Budget and Finance and the Executive Council to center the budget for the 2013-2015 triennium around these strategic priorities; and be it further

Resolved, That Convention recommits The Episcopal Church to mutual responsibility and interdependence in the Body of Christ with the provinces and churches of the Anglican Communion in keeping with “A Covenant for a Communion in Mission” commended by the 13th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (Nottingham 2005); and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the General Convention communicate the substance of this resolution to: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and Primates, and the leadership of the churches and provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Deputy King of Western New York moved to amend the resolution.

Proposed Amendment:

In the second resolve clause, delete the words “and request Program, Budget and Finance and the Executive Council to center the budget for the 2013-2015 triennium around these strategic priorities; and be it further.”

Deputy Currie of Central Gulf Coast moved the previous question.

A vote was taken to terminate debate.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the King amendment.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

A vote was taken on Resolution D027 as amended.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #21)

House of Bishops

The House of Bishops Committee on World Mission presented its Report #41 on HD Message #21 on Resolution D027 (Five Marks of Mission) and moved concurrence.

The Bishop of East Carolina moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

In the first resolve clause, after the word “by” add the words “the Anglican Consultative Council and addressed to.”

Motion carried

Amendment adopted

The Suffragan Bishop of Olympia and Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon moved to reconsider the amendment.

Motion carried

Amendment reconsidered

The Chair ruled on an editorial change in the resolution. In the third resolve clause, delete the words “13th meeting of the.” Replace the word “Nottingham” with the words “ACC13-.”

The Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania appealed the ruling of the Chair.

A vote was taken to sustain the ruling of the Chair.

Motion carried

Chair upheld

A vote was taken on Resolution D027 as amended.

The House concurred with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #151)

House of Deputies

The House of Deputies Committee on World Mission presented its Report #52 on Resolution D027 (Five Marks of Mission) and moved concurrence.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #218)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, July 16.

Source Document:   The Five Marks of Mission
     Source Citation: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/mission/fivemarks.cfm.   Last accessed 09/02/2011.
Abstract:   The 76th General Convention adopts as strategic priorities for 2013-2015 the "Five Marks of Mission" as articulated by the ACC, including proclamation of the Good News, evangelism, service, social transformation, and safeguarding creation.