About Evangelism and New Churches
What is ENC about?
As our name implies, ENC is about Evangelism and New Churches. Our 2 fundamental prongs are:-
Establishing new churches
We do this in Sydney's multi cultural and multi religious context.
For Frequently Asked Questions - see below.
ENC Governance & Structure
The staff of The Department of Evangelism and New Churches is responsible to a Board of experienced lay people and clergy elected by the Synod of the Sydney Anglican Diocese. The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney is the President of the organisation and has representatives on the Board.
The Board consists of:
Rev Archie Poulos Chairman (Executive)
Rev Andrew Nixon
Mr Andrew Mitchell
Rev Andrew Katay
Rev Joe Wiltshire
Mrs Ruth Colvin
Mr Peter Jones
Throughout the last century, Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) has been at the forefront of proclaiming the Gospel within Sydney and into the wider world. In 1914 the first Diocesan Missioner was appointed. In 1927 the Board of Diocesan Missions was established. For 50 years, its evangelists gave faithful service in preaching the Gospel and in training others. From the seventies through to the nineties, as the Department of Evangelism, this ministry expanded under the leadership of John Chapman and it grew to have a far reaching impact throughout Sydney, Australia and many other parts of the world.
Phil, ENC Director, was the Senior Minister at Christ Church Gladesville for 13 years. Prior to that, Phil held ministry positions at a number of different churches in the Diocese. He has wide involvement with a number of external ministries, was previously Mission Area Leader for Ryde and has Board appointments at Anglican Deaconess Ministries and is current chair of Katoomba Christian Conventions. Phil is married to Jill and they have 3 adult children. Email Phil
Sophie is the go-to at ENC and ensures the smooth running of our office. She is responsible for communications, office administration and assists the Executive Team. She manages special events, conferences and resource sales for ENC. With a corporate background in marketing and communications, she is responsible for maximising the effectiveness of ENC's marketing and communication channels. Email Sophie
Under the auspices of ENC, Bruce is Cross Cultural Ministry Consultant to the diocese. He was ENC's Director from 2012 - 2016 and prior to that was Senior Rector at St Paul's Carlingford for over 28 years. Bruce is married to Rose and they have 4 adult children and a growing number of grandchildren. Email Bruce
Baden has served in leadership in the Diocese of Sydney as a Parish Rector, associate minister and itinerant evangelist. He has also been involved in the coordination of diocesan-wide evangelistic missions and the production of evangelistic resources. He currently serves as part of the ENC team in the training and equipping of preachers and in partnering with churches across the Diocese as an evangelist and bible teacher. Baden is completing PhD research on Australian preaching and missiology. He is married to Karin and they have 3 primary aged children. Email Baden
Dayantha is our Accountant and handles all financial matters for ENC. Email Dayantha
Certainty4Eternity was established by Mark Gilbert and exists to help train Christians in sharing the Gospel with people from different religious backgrounds. In partnership with ENC, C4E aims to build a network of evangelists throughout Sydney and is currently working on some resources specifically for people to share with Roman Catholics. Mark grew up as a committed Roman Catholic, but despite this, did not hear the Gospel until he started University. He trained as a Doctor before retraining as a minister, and has served in Anglican churches since 2000. He currently works as an Evangelist and is supported by his local parish in the Northern Beaches. Mark has published a number of resources to help people share the Good News about Jesus with people from a Roman Catholic background including; The God Who Saves, The Road Once Travelled and Stepping Out in Faith. These are available for purchase from ENC. Email Mark
partnering with churches in evangelism
After working as a graphic designer in the advertising industry, Wendy Potts and her husband Shaun, went on to study theology at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. Following that, Wendy was employed to work in Christian ministry on the campus of the University of Western Sydney. In 2001 – 2002, with two small sons, Wendy worked with the Anglican Department of Evangelism and then from 2003 with Gospel Communications, sharing the gospel at a variety of women’s events and conferences. In 2002-3 she participated in the Arrow Leadership Australia programme. In 2009 she was employed by her home church, Austinmer Anglican, as Evangelism Co-ordinator. She loves introducing people to Jesus and designing creative events that help the church family engage with the wider community. She feels that God has used each of these ‘seasons’ in her life to train her in gospel ministry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does ENC talk to the local parishes or regions before planting?
When there is the occasion to plant outside the parish structures we will talk to the other partners in the area, parishes, Mission Areas, Anglican agencies and the Regions.
We acknowledge that there have been some communication failures up to this point.
Does ENC promote evangelism anymore?
Everything we do is centred around evangelism. Every church plant should be as a result of evangelism.
We exist to recruit and train evangelists. Some will work as full time evangelists and some part-time. Both usually within the parish structures
Our offices are at Moore College where we aim to influence, recruit and train students for evangelism.
Do ENC Church planters have the same rigorous criteria for appointment as rectors?
ENC aims to plant new churches.
Currently for a church plant to become a Recognised Church, the planter needs to qualify as a presbyter. So the same criteria apply to the planter as for any potential rector.
However the Archbishop decides who becomes a rector and what criteria are required.
Does ENC plant in “virgin” territory or in areas where there are already churches?
Our intention is to help churches to reach their own area.
Sometimes for good reasons churches will need to be established in areas where there are other churches and sometimes in ‘virgin’ territory.
ENC is engaged in discussions over planting in Greenfields and Brownfields areas of Sydney.
Has ENC taken over control of where church planting happens?
We are a small ‘ginger’ group aiming to help church planting. ENC is well placed to advise about best practice in church planting, but the parishes are in the best place to control where and when they will church plant.
Some church plants will be done structurally through us because they may not happen another way.
Does ENC mentor church planters' behaviour?
Opportunities to help
Our financial income comes in three ways.
A subsidy though the annual budget of the Anglican Church. This covers approximately 50% of our income.
Profit ... More »
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