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Mission and social action
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The 3rd and 4th marks of mission might be best be described (although there are other ways) as summing up the board approach of mission and social action.
At one point in mission history there seemed to be at times a stark divide between some who felt that preaching of the gospel was always absolute priority over against social action or concern and that social action was merely a tool to open up a community. That has largely changed to the point where evangelism and social action are the seen as the different sides of the same coin. 
Certainly, there are a large number of ways churches in ecumenical partnership can bless their local communities. With the 10 years of austerity under the current government many services have been cut and whilst this is lamentable it does provide the local church with opportunities to love and serve. 
Previous research about how the church has been involved in social action from 2014 can be found here


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