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by Michael Ford last modified 09 Jul, 2015 01:09 PM

Evangelism is sharing and showing the good news of God in Christ: service and witness go together.

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"It is all about issuing the invitation of Jesus Christ to follow him. And that is an invitation which is issued to all."
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Evangelism is an important aspect of the work of the Mission Council. Initiatives taking place around the Diocese include:

Alpha Courses

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.

Back to Church Sunday

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.

Parish Pilgrimages

Missions have been organised in various parts of the Diocese, most recently in the Pewsey Vale area. 

"Square Mile"

A study course on mission and evangelism through use of a DVD and downloadable study guide. Produced by the Evangelical Alliance and used by several groups around the Diocese. More here 

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.

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.

Healing on the Streets and Prayer Ministry

HOTS (Healing on the Streets) started in Coleraine and has a central base in Bath.  Locally, groups are working in Devizes, Melksham and Weymouth.

Street Pastors

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.

Other helpful organisations

  • Unlock helps urban churches of any denomination to respond to the challenges in their areas, especially in 'non-book-reading' cultures
  • HOPE has publications and a DVD packed full of ideas
  • Tearfund's 'Just People' is a community mission/evangelism course and much more

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