Gospel, church and nation

Nov 1, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Recent articles give a variety of perspectives on evangelism and the Church’s relationship with contemporary culture.  The C of E recently released the annual Statistics for Mission for 2015. The figures show continued decline in overall regular attendance at parish churches, although numbers for Christmas show a slight increase. In the view of the media, this serves as yet another reminder of the Church’s continued struggle to retain members and attract...

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Church of England Heading For Growth, Say Leading Christian Evangelists

Sep 27, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Church of England is heading for growth, according to a leading Christian evangelist. Church attendance has suffered steady decline for decades and latest figures published earlier this year showed it dropping below one million for the first time. However, there are indications that the decline is slowing and possibly even reversing, especially in iconic churches such as cathedrals. The slowdown in decline coincides with the launch of the Archbishop of...

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New evangelistic course addresses contemporary idolatries

Sep 13, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. I was at All Souls Church, Langham Place last night for the launch of a new course from the team which has brought us Christianity Explored. This course, based on the familiar format of short films sparking discussion in groups arranged in a course taking place over several weeks, is called “Life Explored”, and focuses on understanding the character of God and how he satisfies our deepest human needs, as opposed to the idols to which we are so often...

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Does growth need management?

Aug 15, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Over the weekend, two articles appeared in the Guardian by Harriet Sherwood, citing Martyn Percy’s disagreement with the direction the Church of England is apparently taking. The first cites comments from the conclusion to a forthcoming book, which appears to express Martyn’s overall discontent. One of Britain’s senior theologians has warned that the Church of England is in danger of becoming a narrow sect “driven by mission-minded middle managers” who are alienating...

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Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’

Aug 14, 2016 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: One of Britain’s senior theologians has warned that the Church of England is in danger of becoming a narrow sect “driven by mission-minded middle managers” who are alienating clergy, congregations and the general public. Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, writes in the afterword of his latest book, The Future Shapes of Anglicanism, that church leaders’ strategy is moving towards “centralised management, organisational apparatus and the kind of creeping...

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Russia’s Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

Jul 22, 2016 by

by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today: Yesterday, Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which restrict Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches, went into effect. The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to registered church buildings, among other restrictions. Individuals who disobey could be fined up to $780, while organizations could be fined more than $15,000. Forum 18 offers an analysis of...

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