Consultation seeks to boost evangelism in the Methodist Church
11 September 2012
The Methodist Church has launched a national consultation
on evangelism, asking Methodists across Great Britain what the term
means to them and what they find challenging about it.
Through a simple online
survey, people are invited to share their views on a range of
questions about evangelism, including "What is the nature of the
evangelistic task today for twenty-first century Britain?" and
"What does it mean to you to have your life touched by God, and to
be called by God to share the Good News of Christ?" The deadline
for submissions is 15 October 2012 and a digest of responses will
be shared on the Methodist
Additionally, on 27 November 2012 there will be a special
consultation day at Methodist Church House in London. The day will
draw together a broad range of Methodists from different contexts
to engage with the issues of evangelism for the Church, its
cultures and resources. There is space for 80 people and
invitations for the day will be issued by 15 November.
The day will be hosted by the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins,
General Secretary of the Methodist Church. "Some of us feel awkward
about using the term 'evangelism' or worried about what it might
involve," said Dr Atkins. "But the reality is that many Methodists
are doing wonderful and creative things to share God's love with
their communities. We want to affirm that, but also help others to
engage more fully with the calling we all have to make more
disciples of Jesus Christ."
More information can be found here.
A hi-res photo of the Revd Dr Atkins can be found online