“Evangelism is sharing and showing the good news of God in Christ: service and witness go together in holistic evangelism.”
Evangelism is an integral part of the mission of God and his Church. It is an important aspect of the work of the Mission Council. Some of the evangelistic initiatives taking place around the Diocese include:
Alpha has been running for well over 20 years and has spread around the globe having been inspired by Nicky Gumbel of Holy Trinity, Brompton. Around a central meal, the Alpha course explores the basics of Christianity by means of a short presentation followed by small group discussions. Towards the end of the course participants are invited to gather for a day or even a weekend to reflect and build on what they have learnt.
Run annually in the last Sunday of September, Back to Church Sunday is a chance for church members to invite friends to a 'taster' service.
For information about Back to Church Sunday, contact: email@example.com
Missions have been organised in various parts of the Diocese, most recently in the Pewsey Vale area. For information about this and other mission pilgrimages, contact the Area Offices:
A study course on mission and evangelism through use of a DVD and down-loadable study guide. Produced by the Evangelical Alliance and already used by several groups around the Diocese.
Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneer Ministry
The Fresh Expressions website has links to all areas of its work and many resources including Pioneer Ministry. The Diocese of Salisbury’s Learning for Discipleship and Ministry Team can also provide further advice for anyone considering Pioneer Ministry.
Click here for a Fresh Expressions YouTube clip
Contact the Director of LDMT, Canon Jane Charman:
Good News down the Street
A chance conversation may lead to the question `Would you like to know more about Christianity?` A team of 3 lay people can visit a home and share the Word of God over 6 or so sessions. Click here for more information...
Contact the Revd Robin Hungerford:
Healing on the Streets and Prayer Ministry
An ecumenical initiative reaching out to the night-time economy of young people leaving pubs and clubs in the small hours of the night and early morning.
There are currently projects in Trowbridge, Salisbury and Weymouth - the latter run by Ken Crafer, who is now doing weekly spot and thought for the day on Monday mornings on Radio Solent, around 8am. Ken's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other helpful organisations
Helps urban churches of any denomination to respond to the challenges in their areas, especially in 'traditional tabloid' ('non-book', 'oral learners', or 'text-shy') cultures
Building on "Hope 08" - Publications and a DVD packed full of ideas
"Just People" - a community mission/evangelism course - and much more