Magazine article Anglican Journal

Evangelism Has Many Faces in Anglican Church

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Evangelism Has Many Faces in Anglican Church

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The English word "evangel" comes from the New Testament Greek euangelion. It means "good news" or "gospel" and is the root of "evangelism" and "evangelical".

"There is an unfortunate confusion in terms," said Rev. Harold Percy of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College in Toronto. Evangelical is a way of being Christian, but evangelism is about sharing the good news. "Many Catholic parishes which would not describe themselves as evangelical would certainly say they are committed to evangelism."

Evangelism has many faces in Canada's Anglican churches.

Being intentionally evangelistic today means taking the teaching seriously, said Rev. Barry Parker of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Edmonton.

He said the congregation of about 500 households spends two hours a week meeting together as a Christian community. The remaining 166 hours in the week he says is worship, where "people see whether or not you walk the talk and talk the walk."

St. Thomas' in St. John's, Nfld., has positioned itself as a centre for worship and the development of the whole person, said Rev. Carl Major. That means helping people to develop their spirituality, and put it into action.

"One of the main problems of the Anglican church is that there isn't anywhere for new people to make connections." said Canon Major.

St. Thomas', one of Canada's largest Anglican parishes, offers Alpha courses to provide instruction on the basics of Christianity. …

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