Dear College Members
I hope you are encouraged and taking opportunities to share the Gospel. I was completely fired up, equipped and recommissioned by the Evangelists Conference organised by J John (Vice President of the College) in January. It was full of laughter and so liberating to be with a group of people who didn’t have to be persuaded that we are called to proclaim the Gospel. I would encourage everyone to attend in 2021 on the 12-14 January – here is the link; https://evangelistsconference.com/
We are evolving what it means to be part of the college and in March I will share some opportunities for us to gather together for training and encouragement and other dates to be involved in ministry together. And in discussion with J John he has agreed to host a training day for the College in the Autumn in which he will give input on key areas of skill and lessons learned from his experience as an evangelist. Please make sure you are registered on the college website so that we can begin to build our community through this site: https://archbishops-evangelists.uk/
One area that I am keen to build is a way of connecting our membership of the College in prayer. I have been praying regularly at 10.02am every day for the college and for God to raise up more evangelists. Why 10.02am? Because that is the Biblical reference in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus says; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” This is Jesus response to the potential harvest and yet the lack of people out in the mission field – it starts in prayer. So please join me in praying daily. I set an alarm and wherever I am I turn my heart to God and cry out for a move of his spirit and a release of evangelism in our nation.
This month’s spotlight on resources come from Phil Knox and Dave Sharples.
Most people find faith because they know another Christian, see the difference Jesus makes, and hear their story. Yet most of us are reluctant faith sharers. This book inspires every Christian to see themselves as a story bearer. Four distinct stories collide in great evangelism: God’s story, our story, the story of our friends and the story of our culture. The book expounds them all, encouraging us to learn and tell well the first two and listen and react well to the others. Phil punctuates his book with engaging accounts of success and failure. Story bearing has the potential to change the world of those around you and this book releases faith for this and equips us to do it.
4 Points Gospel Tracts
For many years the 4 Points logo has been used in countries all over the world, to communicate the gospel in a simple and memorable way. If you’re not familiar with the four images and how they communicate the Gospel then have a look at www.the4points.com. At the launch of Advance2020 they felt God challenge them to step out in faith to try and reach more people. Their vision now for 2020 is to reach one million people with the Gospel, which would be twice as many as 2019. To do this, they are looking for 500 church partners that will commit to distributing a box of 2000 personalised tracts over a twelve month period through outreach events, services and personal witness by members of their congregation. You can sign up your church by simply ordering a box of personalised tracts via, either at a cost of £120 or free of charge.
With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel
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Archbishop’s College of Evangelists