In this video General Secretary the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins and
Connexional Secretary Doug Swanney discuss the challenges of
evangelism in the context of the Methodist Church.
video (mp4 format, 423 MB. Right-click and choose
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Tell Somebody. Show Somebody. Be Somebody.
What is Evangelism?
Here are some people's definitions of evangelism:
- Sharing a treasure of ultimate value, and a need to share it
authentically, whilst listening to the one in charge.
- Evangelism is being who you are wherever you are.
- Telling the story of Jesus? Maybe good news should feature in
there in some way.
- Evangelism is being good news as well as telling good news,
both in Jesus' name and the power of the Holy Spirit.
What would be your definition of evangelism?
There are many models and theological understandings of
evangelism. These pages will explore many of these, demonstrating
that evangelism happens in all sorts of ways and in a wide variety
of places inside and outside Methodist churches. And by framing
evangelism in a broad framework, no single perspective will be
prioritised over any other.
Evangelism is about Jesus.
Evangelism is about the people whose lives have been transformed
because of Jesus. These people are called 'disciples' and can be
found in the Bible, as well as in almost every street in the
Evangelism is about people who have not heard about the life and
continuing work of Jesus.
Evangelism is about the coming kingdom of 'shalom' - and thus
links with the other sections in this website: Compassion and
Playing our part
This section is a reminder to each of us has a part to play in
evangelism; be that our own continuing development and discovery of
Jesus in our midst, as well as the spiritual journey of other
It can be tempting to think about evangelism in caricatures and
bad experiences (either that we have been involved in, or on the
receiving end of). What you will find here is an encouragement to
TELL somebody, SHOW somebody,
How might the Church be equipped and resourced to move beyond a
caricature and become people who know and love Jesus, and
demonstrate this to a world in desperate need of hope, compassion
following segments, you will find articles and resources to help
you discover your natural evangelism 'style' and some challenges
from other theological and practical positions. These can be found
There are a number of organisations that promote and
equip people in the area of evangelism. They include:
Share Jesus International www.sharejesusinternational.com
Christian Enquiries Agengy (CEA) www.christianity.org.uk.
More details and other links can be found in Links and More
the other sections in Spiritual Practices (Graceful
Discipleship) Stories is a collection of your
experiences and reflections on evangelism.
This will build into a series of videos and comments answering
the question 'what is your definition of evangelism' and 'what is
the most important thing about Jesus for you'.
This is also the place where you will find links to other videos
on social media sites to amuse us and to challenge us to embody
graceful evangelism in our everyday lives.
- ResourcesWhat is the Methodist understanding of evangelism? Read more
- StoriesStories from the DistrictsRead more
- Aspects of Evangelism
"Making more disciples of Jesus Christ through apt and
appropriate w...Read more
- The evangelistic task todayDownload videos for use in local church groupsRead more
- Missional Community and Faith Sharing
Talks by Elaine Heath
The Discipleship and Ministries Learning N...Read more
- Links and more ideasFurther ResourcesRead more
- D:SignStimulating conversations on living life to the fullRead more