11 September 2012
Consultation seeks to boost evangelism in the Methodist Church
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 website.
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