In the Baptismal Covenant, Episcopalians promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. Embracing Evangelism, a new six-part evangelism video course, is a resource to help Episcopalians grow in their own relationship with Christ and to help others do so as well.
“Whenever an Episcopalian affirms a baptism, the presider asks, ‘Will you proclaim in word and deed the Good News of God in Christ, and will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?’,” said Jerusalem Greer, The Episcopal Church’s staff officer for evangelism. “Every time, we respond ‘I will with God’s help.’ That’s a promise to practice evangelism, and it’s not just a call for some of us, it’s a call for all of us. Evangelism is ultimately about growing your own loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God and helping others grow theirs too.”
With its focus on evangelism “done differently,” this course draws on scripture as it guides participants through an exploration of evangelism as a spiritual practice through which one seeks, names, and celebrates Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people and then invites everyone to more. Each episode features teachings on Episcopal evangelism, class discussions and prompts, and exercises to help Episcopalians understand the ministry and call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus through both word and action.
The Embracing Evangelism resources are available for streaming and download here. The sessions were designed for use by small groups, vestry meetings, adult spiritual formation classes, college discipleship groups, diocesan or parish retreats, and as a summer adult vacation Bible school option. The full Embracing Evangelism series consists of six videos, each of which includes participant and facilitator guides. Each session is under 45 minutes.
This resource is made possible through a partnership between The Episcopal Church and Virginia Theological Seminary.
Embracing Evangelism is available for download at: episcopalchurch.org/embracingevangelism.
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