“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28 vs 19
At the end of the gospel of Matthew chapter 28, Jesus leaves his disciples with the great commission to “Go and make disciples.” It was both an incredible opportunity, and a challenge as they sought to share the message of Christ.
As a Christian, I am convinced that knowing Jesus is the meaning of life, and deeply brings joy, peace and of course, eternal salvation. Whether some have a dramatic conversion to Christianity, or a gentle journey, there is no doubt that the impact of a real relationship with God upon someone’s life is powerful.
Recognising that Christ Church is a growing church, there is a need to think through how we continue to help people to find out more about Jesus, and grow in their discipleship. Over the past eighteen months, a team in Christ Church has been helping to develop its strategy for evangelism. The aim is to embed evangelism into the DNA of the church with each activity and ministry within Christ Church having a part to play in this. To complement our existing ministries, there will be a regular, co-ordinated and well publicised annual evangelism programme. This programme will include a range of different events aimed at people seeking to know more about Christianity as well as follow-up activities for new believers wishing to deepen or refresh their understanding of the Christian faith. The evangelistic strategy team members are Andrew Du Boulay, Chris Evans, Richard Jarvest, June Jarvest and Caz Rolls.
As a result of this Evangelistic Strategy, an evangelism action team has been appointed to oversee these aims and ensure that the vision for evangelism is real, relevant and delivered. Currently, Caz Rolls, Steve Wade and Viv Wade sit on this. If you, or someone you know would like to be part of this, please do speak to Caz.
The programme kicks off in the New Year of 2018, with a new short course called Resolve. The course is about lifestyle choices and how knowing God can change lives.
Throughout the year, Christ Church will continue to offer one to one mentoring and life groups that are relevant to where people are with their faith. Also, for the purpose of praying for those who do not yet know Christ, there are prayer cards available at the back of church for you to collect as needed.
Excitingly, on Saturday 15th September 2018 at 4pm on King George Field, Christ Church with other churches in the local area, is planning to host a large evangelistic event called Escape that includes, local bands, a hog roast and the well-known speaker Carl Beech. This will be followed by an Alpha Course hosted at Christ Church Ware, and other churches will provide various ways for seekers to find out more as needed. For this to take place, there will be a significant need for prayer, invitations to friends, leaders who want to be both part of the practicalities of the day, and support specifically those showing interest in the Christian faith and want to know more. More details will be given throughout the year.
To conclude, God’s Holy Spirit moves in many mysterious and wonderful ways, and therefore we recognises that, “we can make our plans, but it is the Lord who establishes our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 God, in faith, shall do immeasurably more than we could ever hope or imagine.
If you would like to know more about this or would like to be further involved then please do contact Caroline Rolls to find our more, or communicate with those on team.
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