Various national denominational officers for evangelisation brought news from their churches, including:
- Redeemed Christian Church plan to plant churches in the UK.
- Church of England Bishops listening to young people share the message of Jesus.
- Roman Catholic parishes had resource about the purpose and mission of the Church as Papal Legacy project. (Their February newsletter appears to have been withdrawn and so I have added a link to the legacy site.)
- Elim churches are being challenged in the 'Big Ask' to each plant a new form of church for the Centenary:
- Methodist churches have an initiative called Deepening Discipleship which helps Christians share their faith:
- Salvation Army are providing new resources to help members share their faith, eg for children and young peoples work
- Baptists are again working with Back to Church Sunday with their material called The Big Welcome
- Congregational Federation have resources on 'growing disciples':
Rob Cotton brought us up to date with the myriad of initiatives, both local and national which are celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James version of the Bible. We were encouraged that many local congregations had absorbed resources and activities provided by Biblefresh and thought this was a good model of how a national network can helpfully provide resources for local groups.
We discussed the challenge of the Olympic Games and the opportunies for all churches to engage in the resources being coordinated by More Than Gold. We would hope that local groups would again strategically use the many resources being produced in to their programs.
We discussed the two fold aspect of Hope Together of 'word and deed' and the interplay between these two vitally important priorities in mission. How to equip Christians to feel confident in sharing their faith, remains a key priority of the Churches Group for Evangelisation.
Confidence in the Gospel
Various resources were brought to the table, including Peter Graystone, Director of the Christian Enquiry Agency who spoke of the 10,000+ visitors to http://www.christianity.org.uk/ since it was launched in November. Group members were delighted with the development of the website and commended Peter for the work he had done in bringing it together. Members agreed with Peter that every church website, magazine, mission initiative and email signature should have the link somewhere prominent, so people can find out more and make contact.