Dear College members
I hope you are well and have enjoyed preaching the good news of Jesus at this Christmas time.
This is the first of our monthly bulletins to keep you up to date with the progress of the College and to connect you with different evangelistic ministries within the College.
We continue to recruit new members in order to build the College membership. We have recently sent out over 50 invitations to encourage people to apply – thank you if you have suggested someone already. Please send any other suggestions to Mandy Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org – ideally within the first few weeks of January as we hope to conclude this initial stage of recruiting to the college with interviews in February. And please set up your member photo and login for the website at https://archbishops-evangelists.uk/ as we want the website to begin to develop some interaction between members and by doing this you will be able to see who else is part of the College.
A number of people have asked if they have permission to present themselves as college members. Yes, one aspect of College membership is for it to open up opportunities and build confidence that your evangelistic gifting has been recognised. So describing yourself as “A member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists” or “Archbishops’ Evangelist” or “Church of England Evangelist” would all be fine. It is important that as we represent the College and Archbishops’ that we recognise the responsibility of this. We are working on something that we can send you in the New Year to recognise your membership of the College.
One of the visions of the College is that we will see over 1000 emerging evangelists connected with college members for encouragement and mentoring. If you would like to begin to gather people feel free to do this. In the future we may develop structural ways to express this but we are keen for you to do this in the way that fits with your ministry and context. If you do this in a way that has a public profile please think about how to connect with your Diocesan structures appropriately. In Leicester we will be running a six week School of Evangelism starting at the end of January and then forming an Advance Mentoring Group to gather evangelists. Advance 2020 have produced a great mentoring resource which you can find on their website;https://advance2020.org/resources/.
Below are a couple of resources that have been developed by College members; Michael Harvey developed the Back to Church Sunday initiative and out of this he has written a new book “How to Create A Culture of Invitation in Your Church”. Luke Smith is leader of the Fusion team which works in student mission. Fusion have a way of understanding how people naturally engage in mission and how this connects with the ways people address issues of faith, called “Mission Styles”. These are detailed below. If you have any resources that you would like to be highlighted in these bulletins please send them to Mandy.
With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel
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