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Evangelism is top priority says church

Sharing the life-giving good news of Christ has been affirmed as a top priority for the Church of England in east London and Essex.

The Synod, or church regional assembly, of Chelmsford Diocese has heard heart-warming stories from some of the many hundreds of parishes which put on evangelistic and mission weekends and other events in 2014, the centenary year of the diocese.

All parishes have been urged by the Synod to embed this good practice in parish life in 2015 and beyond so that more people can hear the good news. Each deanery, benefice, Bishop's Mission Order and Fresh Expression of Church is also called on to make plans for evangelism.

In his Address to Synod on November 1, 2014 at Chelmsford Cathedral Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, drew together the feedback from the events in scripture and reflections and set out the next steps for evangelising effectively.

“Many clergy have said, ‘We don’t feel as comfortable preaching in the pub as we do in the pulpit,’"

reported Bishop Stephen.

“We need to learn new skills and think how we might say things about the Christian faith in different contexts in a way which would be challenging, intriguing and appealing in each context.

“We will be doing more to support people with a calling to a ministry of evangelism.”

More information

  • Read the Bishop’s Address to the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod. A suggested plan for a Parochial Church Council meeting in 2015 about developing the ministry of evangelism is included at the end of this document.
  • Download the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied the Address.
  • Play the video of the Bishop's Address.
  • ‘Evangelising effectively’ is one of the strategic priorities for Chelmsford Diocese set out in the diocesan publication, Transforming Presence.
  • More information about our centenary year of celebration and commitment can be found on our centenary website.