The Diocesan Councils for Mission follow the principles laid out by the Church of Ireland:
- To stimulate within the Church of Ireland a sense of the priority and urgency of mission;
- To advocate the equality and complementary nature of mission at home and throughout the world;
- To maintain close relationships with other bodies concerned with mission and in particular with mission and overseas development agencies;
- To promote effective models of mission and evangelism;
- To encourage programmes of renewal;
- To initiate and encourage enterprises which will further the mission of the Church;
- To foster interest in members of the Church of Ireland serving in other parts of the world;
- To facilitate mission interchange visits to and from Ireland; and
- To encourage reflection on the theology of mission.
The Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission are:
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers.
- To respond to human need by loving service.
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, sustain and renew the life of the earth.