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CMS history and networks today

CMS history and networks today

From its beginnings in the crucible of the campaign to abolish slavery, a small group of pioneers became a worldwide network of people in mission.
 
The Church Mission Society was founded in 1799 by a group of activist evangelical Christians committed to three great enterprises: abolition of the slave trade, social reform at home and world evangelisation.

Throughout the many stages of its history, which includes founding about two-thirds of the churches in today's Anglican Communion, CMS has constantly adapted its mission.

Fast-forwarding to the present, we've seen the growth of CMS Africa and Asia CMS and we soon hope to bring about a Latin American expression of CMS.

Local voices. Local vision. Local mission. All learning from each other and working together across the world.



More about CMS history


A brief history of CMS

A brief history of CMS

From its beginnings in the crucible of the campaign to abolish slavery, a small group of pioneers became a worldwide network of people in mission.
Four key stages in CMS history

Four key stages in CMS history

Canon Max Warren, former general secretary of CMS, analysed the history of CMS into distinct epochs.
Some landmarks in the history of CMS

Some landmarks in the history of CMS

A timeline of Church Mission Society history

CMS and SAMS have integrated

Two historic mission agencies became a single mission community in February 2010.

SAMS timeline

Significant dates in the history of the South American Mission Society

Allen Gardiner: founder of SAMS

Captain Allen Gardiner RN was the founder of the South American Mission Society and a relatively unsung hero of the Christian Church.

CMS Interchange network partners


CMS Africa

CMS Africa

Working to envision the church in Africa for local and global mission that transforms society
Asia CMS

Asia CMS

Advancing God’s mission in Asia through training leaders
New Zealand CMS

New Zealand CMS

NZCMS exists to see disciples of Jesus impacting every sphere of life across nations.

Wider networks


Anglican Alliance

Working together across the Anglican family for justice and reconciliation and against poverty Read more >

Faith2Share

An international network of mission movements who share a common vision for Christian mission Read more >