The Episcopal Church has been talking and teaching about Five Marks of Mission for more than 20 years, yet most Episcopalians have never heard about this framework for our participation in God's mission of healing the world.
These five marks of mission include:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
At St. Jamesí we do this by inviting and welcoming the stranger to experience our worship and community life. We want others to know how much God loves each of us.
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
Newcomers at St. Jamesí are welcomed and have the opportunity to attend classes. We also have a user-friendly worship format that assists newcomers in worship.
To respond to human need by loving service
St. Jamesí often provides volunteers to cook meals at Flint Street, a local food bank site, as well as special baskets to families in need at Christmas and Easter, and for people who are recovering from illness, surgery, and transportation to appointments for those unable to drive.
To seek to transform unjust structures of society
We have only recently begun to probe this area of mission with a book study on Eat This Bread by Sarah Miles and the showing of the documentary A Place at the Table about hunger in America.
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We participate in organizing and leading the annual Blessing of the Springs which coincides with Earth Day in Eureka Springs. We also use recycling and try to practice good stewardship of water and other resources in maintaining our lovely garden.
These are a brief summary of the ways in which we live out our baptismal covenant and engage in God's mission of reconciling the world (Book of Common Prayer, page 855). They include what some have traditionally thought of as evangelism, pastoral care, Christian education, Christian political advocacy, corporal works of mercy, and stewardship of the garden in which God has planted us.
St. James' strives to be a welcoming and diverse community, offering a variety of worship, fellowship, education, and ministry opportunities.