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Mission Motivated Development​

​Mission Motivated Development means discerning God’s mission and aligning this with Property Development, so that it is consistent with the Church’s calling and purposes. Meaning that the property is fully enabling the church entity to:

  • Bear witness to Christ
  • In a particular place
  • With particular people
  • At a part​icular time
  • Being a faithful expression of the church sent to do God’s work in the world, for the entire world

The key question to understanding any acquisition and or development of property is that of the contribution the property makes to mission initiatives and commitments. Some ways to evaluate the usefulness of a property is to ask whether your property is enabling your church entity to do the following:

  • Public worship
  • Building relationships between Christians and their neighbours
  • Establishing a community presence and investing in building that community
  • Sharing life, enabling the telling of stories of faith and faithfulness
  • Serving the Church’s commitment to particular places and people associated with them
  • Seeking justice and well-being for all people

Property is deeply connected to people and a key attribute of mission motivated development is assessing the presence; how the property enables relations and how it contributes to community; really evaluating how the property facilitates healing, reconciliation and renewal.


Property Can Serve Mission Purposes Directly

Any property can be acquired, developed or divested in response to known or predicted specific needs arising from the mission initiatives or commitments of any Council or body of the Church. One key task is to determine design to suit specific functions. A second key task is to ensure that the property to be acquired or developed is financially sustainable. A third task is to clearly establish and apply the ‘rules’ that apply to acquisition or development of properties for serving mission purposes indirectly, including the expected life span of each property’s contribution to mission purposes.

A proposal to acquire, develop, value enhance or divest a property should enable activity that is genuinely missional as understood by the criteria in the Form 1 – ‘Getting Started’ and Form 2A – ‘Discerning and Deciding’ . The church entity must be able to demonstrate how the development will assist them at a personal level to participate more fully in the mission of God.


Property Can Serve Mission Purposes Indirectly

Any property can be utilised as a source of funds – either through lease income, or through realising capital growth at the time of sale or divestment. A key task is determining the mission rationale for indirect use of property, and to plan and manage a property portfolio for a specific period to achieve this end.

The Purpose of Property is to Serve Mission, not Congregational Identity

Congregational identity is determined by its nature and it mission purpose.  Therefore, a key task is to establish with clarity the particular mission motivation for any property acquisition, development, value enhancement or divestment.

“For centuries, the church has acted as if the building “makes” the congregation in the same sense that “clothes make the person”, leading to ever bigger and more grandiose statements of our worth. Now, however, some congregations are beginning to see this dependence on buildings as not necessary to the definition of “church.”  There are:

  • ​Congregations who move to a different site every few years and are known by their work rather than their street address or their location atop the tallest hill
  • Congregations who shed their historic, on-the-town-square, public-meeting-space buildings in order to conduct their own worship in much more modest facilities
  • Congregations who merge and divest themselves of both buildings in order to worship in rented commercial space that calls forth their best liturgical creativity while freeing their financial resources for mission”​


Property Mission Enabling Policy – PMEP

​The Property Mission Enabling Policy (PMEP) adopted by the Synod (of Victoria and Tasmania) Standing Committee in August 2014, is about reconfiguring or developing a church property to sponsor or support discerned and agreed mission purposes.

The PMEP pdf (for download) introduces the PMEP  purpose, processes to the various councils of the Church or their respective Committees or Boards who might be involved in any PMEP application.

The document engages the ‘who, what and how’ of PMEP in everyday language. The Frequently Asked Question section of the PMEP document addresses some of the more commonly asked questions.

The PMEP document is designed as a supplementary appendix to the Understanding the Practice of Mission Motivated Development (UPMMD) booklet, 2nd edition. The PMEP document page numbers follow on from the UPMMD booklet.

​To use: When printing the Understanding the Practice of Mission Motivated Development document, please also print the Property Mission Enabling Policy​ document and add the pages of this document to the UPMMD document.

The PMEP document assumes and builds on the background offered in the UPMMD 2nd edition document. ​

Property for Mission Workbook

The Property for Mission Workbook provides a Church Council with a clear, easy to use process designed to deliver quality objectives for a Property Application for major property plans or works.

The Workbook includes six inquires, each matched to a practical planning exercise through a reporting page. The Inquiries probe mission purposes, property requirements, funds and property under beneficial use of the congregation(s) / Church community, building user priority, property assessment in respect of future mission requirements, and a vision for property.
The Inquires are supported by a suite of Appendices, including the Major Strategy Review’s Mission Principles and a session plan to engage these by way of critical assessment of current mission plans in action.  The Property for Mission Workbook resources will be actioned by Property Services within current Property Application or ASP processes.

To access the Property for Mission Workbook through this web page:

  • The entire Workbook is available for download. Select P4MWkBkdigital.pdf.​
  • The Reporting Pages are also available for online writing. Select P4MWkBkReportingPages_interactive.pdf
  • The Workbook Appendices are available for download on this page​. Select P4M pdf files named by elements of each Appendix Title.
  • The Task Group Terms of Reference is available as an online writable document, and
    download. Select  P4MTaskGpToR_interactive.pdf ​