Ronnie Briggs Commissioned as CMS Ireland Mission Director

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St Pauls’ Parish Lisburn hosted the Commissioning of Ronnie Briggs as CMS Ireland’s Mission Director on Tuesday 7th December.

Despite the snow and -8C conditions outside, a warm and cosy group of members, supporters, local clergy and family joined together for a significant evening as they look to the future of CMS Ireland.

Archbishop Alan Harper and Bishop Jeremiah Taama (Kajiado Diocese) assisted Rev James Carson in bringing the CMSI supporters together for a special time of worship, prayer and an Act of Commissioning – where ‘partnership’ was a major theme throughout the evening.

Archbishop Harper speaking to the congregation commented on the presence of Bishop Taama, “…it brings us over the snow filled fields of Ulster to the dry and dusty roads of Kenya – it lifts our gaze.” He called Christians all over Ireland to work together in mission – he said “We’re in it together!”

The Archbishop commented that “mission agencies were a vital part of the Church” – acting as a reminder to be involved in mission, showing the best practice methods and offering support to mission efforts.

Bishop Taama challenged the congregation on their understanding of mission, “Sometimes our view is narrow, Mission is more than money, Mission is more than the CMS Ireland offices, Mission is more than Mission Partners – it is about sharing, coming together – in partnership.”

The reading by Naomi Briggs from 2nd Corinthians 8 v2 “…their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” Bishop Taama encouraged members to think about the overflowing joy from giving to the work of mission. According to Bishop Taama – the future of CMS Ireland was dependant on ownership of the Society. He said,

This is your society, my society – our society. It is part of us, think about it, talk about it, pray about it.

Rev Carson, Archbishop Harper and Bishop Taama all took part in the Commissioning element of the service – which called upon the congregation to stand with the Society as it looked to the future.

Ronnie Briggs addressed the congregation of familiar faces as the new Mission Director for the first time – and urged them to stand with the Society through this next chapter. He called them to ‘own’ the society and feel that they have a part to play in mission.

Ronnie recognised the need for CMS Ireland to be owned by it’s members – he assured them of the Societies commitment to be accountable for all resources given in support of partnership links and to be good stewards of these resources. Ronnie explained “everything CMS Ireland does involves people – and connecting even more people into mission will be a priority for the Society into the future.”

After serving with CMS Ireland for the last 30 years, Ronnie was humbled by the emails, letters and calls he has received over the last few weeks as he has begun this new role of Mission Director.

CMS Ireland would like to thank all those who were able to be with them for the Commissioning Service and hope those who were not able to be there because of the weather will join with all supporters in standing together with the Society through prayer and support.


Isobel McAuley (nee Porter) said Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:43PM
Congratulations to Ronnie on his new appointment. I pray that he will know the Lord's richest blessing in this new role. Ronnie has been a great ambassador for CMS over the years that I have known him. Isobel

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