Our ethos

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Our ethos

The ethos of Glasgow City Mission is the motivation for all our work – it is the reason why we do what we do.

It is to work together to extend Jesus’ model of the Kingdom of God on earth by living out a lifestyle of love, truth, justice, mercy and forgiveness, according to his teaching.

We are inspired by the message, life and example of Jesus through which God’s unconditional love for all people is expressed. While this ethos is given life through our relationships, the way we work together and behave with one another, both demonstrate and authenticate our beliefs.

This is all rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and in his love, which compels us to serve others, putting their needs first. When we work together it is this faith which directs and influences our internal relationships as well as our work with those who Glasgow City Mission is seeking to serve. In this way we operate on the understanding that our activities are simply an expression of our faith; that our “doing” derives directly from our “being”. There is an essential and indissoluble link between the inner and the outer, the private life and the public face of Glasgow City Mission. The link between who we are and what we do cannot be broken.

Our statement of faith

We are Christians who unconditionally value the people we serve. We believe in the living God who loves us and transforms lives. Because of this, we are inspired to share our faith, have compassion and seek justice for people in need. We are Bible based, Jesus centred, Spirit led and dependent on God and the power of prayer.



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Watch: how we help


  • First Friday Tour: March

    Join us to see our work first-hand and enjoy a tour of our facilities. Followed by tea and coffee. Friday 6 March.

  • Kiltwalk 2020

    Kiltwalk 2020

    Spring is coming and with it the chance to raise money for Glasgow City Mission by taking part in the Kiltwalk on Sunday 26 April.
    All the money you raise will be topped by an amazing 50%.


  • Paula's story

    We featured Paula in our Connect magazine three years ago. At that point she had recently moved into a new flat on leaving prison following a ten-year cycle of addiction, prison and homelessness. Three years on and Paula is in a permanent flat, has stopped drinking, has a seven-month-old son with her partner and is planning to go to college.

  • Top marks for the Child and Family Centre

    We scored top marks once again for our Child and Family Centre from our latest Care Inspectorate report. We scored 5 out of 5 on ‘Quality of care and support’ and for ‘Quality of staffing’.

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