Newsletter March/April 2020
Apr 7, 2020 @ 17:23

Dear Friends

Here is our regular Archbishops’ College of Evangelists bulletin which contains:

·        A focus on online evangelism

·        An invitation to contribute to developing mentoring resources for using with emerging evangelists

·        An update on future meetings

And if this is the first bulletin you have received because you have recently become a member of the College – congratulations and welcome!  Our membership continues to grow – please do keep recommending people you know. 

In the midst of these challenging times of restriction I have been meditating on the experience of Paul in prison.  Even though he did not have all the access to connect with people online he wrote to Timothy from prison;

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David, as proclaimed by my gospel, for which I suffer to the extent of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained! For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:8-10

The Gospel is not chained by our current situation and particularly because of the opportunities that the internet gives us.  Michael Turton, who manages the website, has created a specific page for you to post your best online resources for web-based evangelism.  It would be great to have advice from those of you who have experience of using different platforms for those of us who are less experienced.  Moses describes God acting like an eagle stirring up its nest to get its young to leave and fly and I believe that God is doing something the church to propel us outwards into the online world to discover its potential and opportunity.  The church will be forever changed by this experience and I want the college to be at the front of discerning the opportunities for evangelism online.  One of the challenges of being a dispersed community is enable us to to share and connect.  Please take some time either to contribute to this page or to respond to other’s contributions;

Online resources

To get us started here are a couple of links to some recently produced resources:

·        Phil Knox from the Evangelical Alliance has produced this high quality spoken word piece filmed on the slopes of Golgotha to communicate all that Jesus achieved through his cross and resurrection – great for sharing and using in online acts of worship over the Easter weekend.  It is called The Comeback (if the video does not play in the large video format you can download versions using the link at the bottom of the page);https://www.eauk.org/resources/what-we-offer/videos-and-podcasts/the-comeback

·        As an example of responding directly to the questions thrown up by our current situation Robin Gamble speaks about ‘Jesus has Coronavirus’; https://youtu.be/FpJZrubVe-E

·        A social media page called “Easter Changed My Life” which invites people to tell their testimony in a short film and to share it with friends as well as posting on the site;https://www.facebook.com/easterchangedmylife

And if you have received this email and have not yet registered on the website please do at:  https://archbishops-evangelists.uk

We had hoped to have some confirmed dates for events and another College gathering in the Autumn but it is obviously not possible or wise to commit to these at this time.  But I am keen to use the time to develop a new resource from the College.  As we encourage college members to mentor emerging evangelists I would like to produce a guide to doing this healthily and effectively.  So I would like to have a couple of 3 hour online working group meeting to discuss this and for participants to go away and work on material in between these dates.  So I am asking for up to 10 of us to work together on this over the next few months with the aim of producing a guide the can be published in the Autumn.  The dates for these online meetings will be:

Tuesday 5th May 9.30am-12.30pm & Tuesday 16th June 9.30am-12.30pm

If you would like to be involved in this please email Mandy Forrest at:mandy@archbishops-evangelists.uk

With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel

John McGinley

Training and Development Enabler

The Archbishops’ College of Evangelists

Comments are closed.