About ECM

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Reaching out in love with the gospel message to the people of Edinburgh and visitors to Scotland's capital city.

Edinburgh City Mission is directly involved in evangelistic outreach and aims to also be a catalyst for individuals and churches to engage in mission, endeavouring to show the love of God through sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, introducing people to a personal saviour, and making disciples.


Edinburgh City Mission exists to serve the Church of Jesus Christ by pioneering gospel outreach in our city, resourcing and encouraging local churches to be missional and to equip individuals to be bold witnesses to the life transforming good news of Jesus Christ.



  • New Initiatives
  • Establishing ministries
  • Going further and deeper


  • Financing
  • Staffing
  • Equipping


  • Training
  • Developing skills
  • Resourcing

Mission Origins

Edinburgh City Mission was established in 1832 by David Nasmith, 6 years after he founded the first City Mission in Glasgow.

Edinburgh City Mission looks very different today than it did in 1832, gone are the missionaries to the hansom cab drivers but the ethos of David Nasmith is with us today:

“May the glory of God and the salvation of souls be your chief – your only end”

Statement of Faith


There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.

The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.

The Human Race

All men and women are created in the image of God, they have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to a Holy God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to repent and believe on Jesus Christ in order to be forgiven and reconciled to God.

The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.


Salvation is a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. Salvation has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ only and is offered to all people everywhere in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life. There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Jesus alone is the way, the truth and the life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

The Church

The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.

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