Mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission


One of our strategy aims is to raise standards through promoting good practice. Our motivation in raising standards is based on our desire that God is glorified in all that our members do. We also recognise the legal and moral responsibilities and obligations of our members ministries and the desire to serve staff, participants and partners in the best way possible.

One key area where a lot of work has been done recently is in the area of safeguarding children. These guidelines were updated in March 2012.

One of the most popular codes is the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission. Many agencies go through a peer review exercise every two years to help each other in running their programmes to the highest standard. Look out for the Code of Best Practice logo.

In response to the network's desire for further codes and guidelines and several Global Connections forums have been working on best practice papers relating to different areas of ministry.

Guidelines for churches interested in forming cross-cultural partnerships
Retirement policy guidelines and recommendations for overseas staff
Guidelines for planning and implementing an effective exhibiting strategy
Guidelines focussing on issues surrounding financial giving and receiving in a Muslim context
Guidelines for developing policies and procedures for UK based organisations or UK churches sending staff or volunteers overseas in relation to HIV infection
Guidelines for good practice in Member Care
For UK based organisations or churches sending staff or volunteers overseas
Guidelines for those working in potentially high risk areas
For churches and agencies facilitating short-term mission trips in the UK and worldwide
Guidelines for developing policies and procedures for families and children serving overseas