Posted by George Crowder, 16 Jul 2019
George Crowder gives us some ideas for summer evangelism - and explains why he's started smoking!
It’s barbecue season - piquant aromas carry on the warm evening breeze making our mouths water and our tummies rumble. This week our church hosted an evangelistic barbecue; I suspect we were not the only ones.
Positively, though it is a well-worn formula, it gets a reasonable turn out and is at least an enjoyable experience. Negatively, I can’t help feeling that, in a similar vein to barbecued meat, the church barbecue so often promises much more than it delivers.
While pondering the purpose of events like this, I was inspired by the whole barbecuing concept. Are we unwittingly wedded to ‘barbecue evangelism’ - a short hot blast of gospel leaving people burnt on the outside but raw in the middle?
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Church Society Podcast: Christ Church Dusseldorf
Posted by Ros Clarke, 15 Jul 2019
Stephen Walton talks to Ros about the history and the present international ministry of Christ Church, Dusseldorf.
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Priscilla Programme update
Posted by Ros Clarke, 8 Jul 2019
The Priscilla Programme run in partnership between Church Society and Union School of Theology reaches the end of its first year.
“...when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside
and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Acts 18:26
It’s almost exactly a year since Church Society and Union School of Theology agreed to work in partnership on the Priscilla Programme, and we have now completed three full modules: Old Testament, Doctrine, and Ethics and Pastoral Care. Lectures for next term’s Church History module have already been filmed. Students have valued the contributions from Robin Barfield, Sheila Stephen, Lee Gatiss and Ros Clarke.
Each term, we have been able to run two seminar groups, and a total of 12 women have studied one or more modules. There has been a wonderful mix of women at different stages of life, with different experiences, and coming from different kinds of churches. Some have a particular ministry they want to be better equipped for and others are simply wanting to understand their faith better. Some have been Christians for decades and others are relatively new to the faith.
We are planning to expand the Priscilla Programme in two ways from September. First, I’m really excited that a local Priscilla group is being planned at Christ Church Central, an AMiE church in Sheffield. The students will have access to all the online lectures, reading material and discussion forums, but they will have their weekly seminars in person, led by the women’s worker there. This is a really great way for churches to equip their women for all kinds of service.