For many years Christian leaders in our nation have recognised that the UK is now a major mission field, and have challenged us to review the way we do church accordingly.
Research commissioned by Tearfund a few years ago identified that 70% of people wouldn’t attend a church event even if invited. We can no longer expect to put on a great Sunday morning - with top quality welcome, worship, preaching and follow-up - and expect to reach the whole of the UK. We can no longer run effective Alpha courses and expect to reach our entire nation. Although we need to keep doing these things to the best of our abilities, we need to explore other ways to reach those 70% of people.
Rich Nathan, a Vineyard pastor from the USA, recently challenged Newfrontiers leaders in the UK to use the lessons we had learnt in planting churches across the world to become more effective in reaching people here in the UK. He also challenged us to ask the same questions that our spiritual fathers asked – for example, what does a NT church look like in our culture? - but to expect to find different answers.
Many of our churches are looking to respond to the challenges we face. Missional communities, a new focus on discipleship, the role of the supernatural in evangelism and the importance of serving our communities are amongst a number of ways we are seeking to do church differently.
Alongside all these responses we also need to give full attention to the key role that the evangelist has to play in equipping the saints for works of service. Evangelists need to be identified, released, encouraged to help us understand the culture within the UK and then to help us communicate the gospel effectively.
That’s why we’re holding two Transmission events, for anyone who leads or facilitates evangelism, or senses a call to do so. It’s a day of learning, encouragement, prayer and strategising.
- 11 October – Birmingham – Oasis Church Birmingham - Book now
- 18 October – London – City Hope Church London - Book now
10.30am – 4.30pm. £10. Book in using the links above, and for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.