The Jamaica Church Missionary Society is the recognized missionary agency of the Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the Province of the West Indies (the Anglican Church). The Society focuses on spreading the Gospel of Salvation with special relevance to human needs, as demonstrated by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It was established in 1861. All registered communicant members of the Anglican Church are members of the Society. The specific functions of the Society are:
- To plan evangelistic and teaching missions
- To carry out an on-going programme of evangelistic and social outreach
- To undertake the dissemination of literature designed to educate and stimulate for greater involvement in mission on the part of the clergy and laity
- To provide for training of lay leadership for the Missions
- To accept responsibility for the establishment of Mission Stations in new areas
- To raise funds for missionary work in Jamaica and overseas.
The JCMS operates within and through the existing organizational structures of the
Diocese, such as, the Congregation/Cure, the Deanery, the Region, the Diocesan Council and Diocesan Boards, as may be applicable as well as the annual Synod of the Church. It is administered by a General Committee accountable to Synod. The Society derives its income mainly from the voluntary contributions of its members – congregations island wide. Canon XV requires every clergyperson to appoint a Missionary Sunday each year, and also on some other day to hold a Missionary Meeting at all Churches and Missions in his Cure, at which Services and Meetings the claims of the Society shall be impressed upon the congregation and collections taken up for the purposes of the Society.
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