The problem with asking people to serve before they belong

How you come in will be how you go on I’m sure you’ve heard this or something similar said about evangelism. If we rely on big events and entertainment to attract people to the Gospel, then we shouldn’t be surprised if that’s what it takes to hold them going forward. Your church will find that… Continue reading The problem with asking people to serve before they belong

Greenhouse mentoring scheme – Passion for Evangelism

Here’s a guest post from Nay Dawson of IFES and PFE. This week I’ve been encouraging us to re-double our efforts to offer training for Gospel ministry outside of traditional seminary education. Here’s one such opportunity We’re excited to launch The Greenhouse project. A short term training opportunity for women, with a focus on creating… Continue reading Greenhouse mentoring scheme – Passion for Evangelism

Evangelism and the local church (2) cold contact

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In part one, I said that my approach to evangelism is: “We live in an area and get to know people and we go and knock on some doors.” You will also have picked up through the article that I envisage this happening in the context of being part of the local church.  Now, whilst… Continue reading Evangelism and the local church (2) cold contact

How can dads disciple their kids?

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I recently wrote about what it means to disciple children and young people. I’ve been thinking a little further about what I would say from the front of church to encourage parents, particular fathers in their responsibility to teach and disciple their children.  Here’s what I’d say: Tomorrow is Monday. Here’s what I want you… Continue reading How can dads disciple their kids?

Creation, evangelism and apologetics

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I want to say a few words now about how our Doctrine of Creation and the Fall affects our approach to Apologetics.  Creation reveals God and leaves us without excuse This theme is picked up particularly by the Apostle Paul in Acts 14, Acts 17 and Romans 1. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas pray… Continue reading Creation, evangelism and apologetics

After COVID – let’s not forget about evangelism

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During COVID-19 lockdowns, churches were forced to make greater use of online provision. Most saw significant engagement with their output beyond their regular congregations. Of course, early figures may have eld to false optimism, once we had accounted for people clicking on and off links and other Christians “church surfing” the numbers weren’t as huge… Continue reading After COVID – let’s not forget about evangelism

Vaccine Passports – what are our priorities?

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There’s ongoing debate about the pros and cons of Vaccine passports. The concerns are particularly coming from those who see such measures as an assault on individual liberties. This means that we’ve seen some Christian leaders speaking out against them. The fear cited is that such measures will lead to people being excluded from church… Continue reading Vaccine Passports – what are our priorities?

The census that matters

It’s census day in the UK.  The idea is that every decade, each household must complete a form declaring who is at the address on the day, their race, gender, religion etc.  The data is used for planning and policy making purposes as part of public life. It also is eventually released online and can… Continue reading The census that matters

Recovering Apologetics

I want to highlight three things that have stood out about the current apologetics movement recently.  The first is well publicised, which is the fall from grace of prominent apologist Ravi Zacharias.  The fall started when it was discovered that he had misled about his academic qualifications and when information began to come out about… Continue reading Recovering Apologetics

How to listen to evangelistic sermons (when you already are a Christian)

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At any one time in a gathering there will be Christians and non-Christians present. This presents the preacher with a challenge.  Does he primarily focus on preaching to the Christians to edify and build them up or does he focus on evangelising the enquirers. Either way, he risks leaving part of the audience behind. Or… Continue reading How to listen to evangelistic sermons (when you already are a Christian)