The Order of Mission (TOM)

Introduction to the community

The Order of Mission (TOM) is a dispersed global community of missional leaders bound by covenant in proclaiming the Kingdom of God in the world. We are a family on mission committed to hearing the call of God on our lives and responding in obedience and faith. We are a community born out of a desire to fully give ourselves to making disciples of Jesus, so that the Kingdom of God is extended wherever we are called to live our lives.

Some members of TOM find themselves in full-time vocational ministry, but much of our Order are not paid to “do” the work of Jesus. We are people called to serve and influence within whatever context and culture we live and work: cities and rural areas, developed and developing countries, business, education, arts, health and social care, public and private sector, family and church.

Members of TOM take vows to live their lives in purity, accountability and simplicity, living under our Rule of Life, so that the mission of God is not hindered. 

The Order of Mission dance

Contact details

01423 560558

Address: Kairos Network Church, 2 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0PN

Community information

Date of foundation:
2003; acknowledged as a Religious community 2013
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington


Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

TOM has 86 Associate members (65 in the UK). Associate members are those who support the value, calling and work of the Order and seek to live according to the pattern of the community but do not feel called to take vows to become either Permanent or Temporary Members.


Senior Guardian: Revd Keld Dahlmann
Assumed office March 2015

Regional Chairs of Guardians: Revd Anne Maclaurin (UK)


TOM has a global membership. Each region is served by a small team of Guardians headed by a Chair.

Number of Members: 257 (127 in the UK)

Number of Temporary members: 237 (45 in the UK)