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Category: News Author: John McGinley Date: 4 weeks ago Comments: 0

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 mandy@archbishops-evangelists.uk – 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

John McGinley

Training and Development Enabler

The Archbishops’ College of Evangelists

Mission Styles: Fusion
Category: News Author: Michael Turton Date: 4 weeks ago Comments: 0

Mission Styles:  Fusion

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Fusion is a mission agency committed to sharing the Gospel with students and is led by Luke Smith one of our College members.  It helps you to understand how people have different ways of approaching exploring issues of faith and how Christians have natural ‘styles’ that connect with this – are you a “Convince Me, Show Me, Talk With Me, or Let Me Experience” kind of person.  You kind find these resources and an online test to think about this at https://missionstyles.org/. And while you’re there why not check out Fusion’s Discipleship Deck which is a pack of ‘playing cards’ with great discipleship questions on them.

Creating a Culture of Invitation in Your Church: Michael Harvey
Category: News Author: Michael Turton Date: 4 weeks ago Comments: 0

Creating a Culture of Invitation in Your Church:  Michael Harvey

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We like to think of our churches as welcoming. Michael Harvey, “How welcoming can we be if we don’t take our welcome outside with the gift of an invitation?” God sent his son to invite us all into a relationship, and so to be like God is to be a person who invites.  During the decade that he has been developing Back to Church Sunday, Michael has conducted an extensive study on the seemingly simple subject of “invitation”. Over 650 times in 12 countries he has asked: “Why don’t we invite our friends to take a closer look at Christ?”

Exploring the subjects of rejection and acceptance he examines where we have gone wrong. Reviewing best practice ideas gleaned from trying to establish a culture of invitation he considers what we might do to address the situation and put it right.

Anglican Evangelists
Category: News Author: Michael Turton Date: 3 months ago Comments: 0

Anglican Evangelists

A new approach to evangelists is needed according to a book edited by the Bishop of Leicester, lead Bishop for the Church of England’s lay ministry and Chair of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have both supported the book in which 13 authors each contribute a chapter, setting out the need for evangelists to be identified, trained and supported in their various churchmanship traditions from Anglo Catholic to evangelical.

In the book entitled ANGLICAN EVANGELISTS Identifying and Training a New Generation, the Bishop of Leicester Martyn Snow is calling for evangelists in every Anglican tradition to be better trained but also for them to train other evangelists as well.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “One of the delights of this book is that it takes the work of the evangelist from one niche area of ministry and places it in every area of ministry. Evangelism is our operating system. What a gift Bishop Martyn and the contributors have given to us and to this country if we can but grasp this.”

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said: “I’ve got a particular motto: ‘evangelise or fossilise’. Without evangelists a church could easily become a fossil so any book that’s written to help rekindle the fire of God’s love in the hearts of people and for them to hear the calling and the blessing as evangelists is important.”

The book’s publication follows the February 2019 General Synod motion on evangelism and discipleship in which its ambitious plans on establishing 1,000 new evangelists were set out.Bishop Martyn hopes readers will be motivated and resourced to identify evangelists within their own local church and to prioritise the training of those evangelists, as well as to honour and affirm their work.

“I hope that readers will see what the authors in this book are highlighting as relevant to their own church tradition and impacting everyone,” said Bishop Martyn.

“I hope they will be encouraged to identify new evangelists in their own church and to prioritise the training of those evangelists, and through them, grow the confidence of the whole church in witnessing to Christ.

“This is about increasing the confidence of churches and individual Christians in having everyday faith conversations; enabling people to talk to their neighbour, their work colleague, whoever they meet, and simply share something of what their faith means to them and the work that Jesus Christ has done in their life. My prayer is that every baptised Christian will grow in their confidence to have everyday faith conversations,” said Bishop Martyn.

For 20 years, the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists has affirmed and supported Anglican evangelists. This book, ahead of the College’s re-launch in autumn 2019, highlights the College’s new, clear focus on identifying and training new evangelists.

Publishers SPCK say that the book marks a significant transition. The 13 authors work in a range of contexts and come from different traditions within the church and their focus in this book is less on the nature of evangelism and more on the calling and gifting of the evangelist. In different ways they reflect on the questions: what is an evangelist? How should the church identify and affirm evangelists? How do we train evangelists? How do we enable evangelists to equip all God’s people to witness to the kingdom of God?

The 13 contributors are all practitioners, and this is reflected in their range of experience and writing styles. Some take a deeply biblical and theological approach. Others reflect on their personal journey and learning. Others offer practical insights and a helpful reframing of the initial questions. All of them are fervent in their plea to the church to recognise the unique calling and gifting of the evangelist and reflect on how this gift is received and passed on within the church.

You can watch a video with some of the book’s authors by clicking here longer videos on the links below:

Bishop Martyn

Damian Feeney

Jenny Moorby

John McGinley

Lusa Nsenga Ngoy 

Margaret Cave