CWM Training in Mission
Are you looking for a challenge? Would you like to engage in Mission around the globe? Are you ready to learn, grow and develop through a programme of work and education with young people from other parts of the world?The Council for World Mission (CWM) has been investing in equipping the young people for the ministry and mission of its member churches since 1981, especially through its flagship ‘Training in Mission’ (TIM) Programme.
Every year, 10-12 participants, aged 18-30, from member churches including the United Reformed Church, are brought together for about seven months of intensive mission training. Employing an action-reflection model of learning, over 350 young people have so far been changed for life by this magnificent programme, developing a new practical and radical understanding of what witnessing to Christ means. CWM is known for its commitment to mutual encounter, in which peoples and cultures form across the planet meet together to learn from one another. TIM participants are able to see, first-hand how this works on the ground and, in turn, to incorporate their findings into their own practice. In every member church, TIM participants are to be seen as living expressions of CWM's understanding of partnership in mission, making this programme crucial, not only for participants, but for their home denominations. TIM aims to:
- provide training for life. It is intended to act as a stage in one’s Christian formation to encourage a life–long involvement with the Mission of the Church. Training in Mission
- offer training with a wide vision, deepened commitment and a strengthened sense of fellowship and partnership with other Christians around the world, particularly through CWM member-churches.
- be an enabling experience, offering an adventure of faith, rooted in God and enacted in the world
- be a journey of transformation, dialectic of self and society. Though initiated three decades ago, CWM is constantly re-defining the content and methodology of the programme, just as it hopes participants will do themselves.
Website: CWM Training in Mission
COUNCIL FOR WORLD MISSION (European Region)
About CWM Europe
CWM Europe is one of the six Regions of CWM, a partnership of churches in mission. The Europe Region is made up of five member churches:
- The Congregational Federation
- The Union of Welsh Independents
- The United Reformed Church
- The Presbyterian Church of Wales
- The Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Many CWM Europe churches work in a context where life in community is fragile, they witness to Christ at the margins of society in a post-modern context. As a partnership of churches in mission the European Region works to enable member churches to develop missional congregations through mutual accompaniment and resourcing the member churches in mission through CWM’s programmes and initiatives.
CWM Europe is managed by a Regional Mission Council made up of two directors from each of the member churches.
CWM has a holistic understanding of mission holding that mission is very broad being expressed in values, attitudes and activities. This range of mission is often to as “the five marks of mission.”
- Proclaim the good news of the kingdom.
- Teach, baptise and nurture new believers.
- Respond to human need by loving service.
- Seek to transform unjust structures of society.
- Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Lindsey Brown our Mission and Training Officer serves as a Director of CWM Europe as part of the Regional Mission Council. The website has masses of good mission stories and resources so Lindsey encourages you to take a look and use these free to download resources.
CWM Europe frequently produces resources which are made available for local congregations to use. They are available to download freely so that they can be widely used to promote mission and mission thinking in various contexts.
CWM Worship Resources
Sundays with CWM handbook is a useful resource for personal meditation, group discussion or a worship resource. It contains reflections and prayers from across the world as well as some well known URC contributors. It is well worth downloading.