Evangelism and Growth Emerging Strategy
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. It does this through Worship, Learning and Caring, Service, and Evangelism.
We are called to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive church of diverse people who speak of, listen for, and live out the goodness of God – so that new people become disciples of Jesus Christ and committed Methodists experience a deepening of faith.
Convicted by the Holy Spirit, who is surfacing a profound honesty about our current reality and stoking a new passion for more people and the whole world to be transformed by God’s grace, the Methodist Church has claimed evangelism as an imperative dimension of our mission and identity in the 21st century.
Following the 2017 Methodist Conference’s reaffirmation of “Our Calling”, a new Evangelism and Growth Team was appointed in 2018/2019. Comprising 10 full- and part-time staff, the team started working diligently in 2018/2019 with leaders across the Connexion and with our ecumenical partners to inspire, architect and embed a contextual, coherent and coordinated Connexional Strategy for Evangelism and Growth.
Read the draft of that strategy, which was unanimously passed in March 2020 by the Methodist Council towards Conference, and watch the below video outlining the eight key areas of the strategy.