In ten years’ time we will be more confident to engage in evangelism, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God with friends, families and strangers, through story and action.
We need to re-claim an understanding and practice of evangelism. Learning to tell the Christian story and our ever evolving stories of faith, needs to be a regular part of church life, so that disciples of all ages are equipped and encouraged to share the good news of Jesus Christ in their daily lives. Equipped with a robust and reflective knowledge of the Bible and a commitment to openness, our churches will be communities where faith is explored and the questions of the present day engaged with. The call to ‘go’ into the world and ‘make’ new disciples (Matthew 28:19) being heard and taken up with imagination and creativity.
We will know if we are on the right track by:
- The number of churches taking up the opportunity of the Vision4Life or God is Still Speaking projects for congregational development.
- The number of churches drawing on synod (staff) resources for evangelism for training and networking.
- The number of congregations planning and carrying out activities whose primary function is to share the gospel.