What is Evangelism?

 

There is considerable confusion about what evangelism is.  For those outside the Church, it is largely a negative term.  It is too often confused with the term evangelical – which people unfairly associate with a rather simplistic US style political fundamentalism.  For many in the Church, it also has negative connotations. Whilst we think it is a good idea and of course all Christians want to share the good news, sometimes those who are ‘into’ evangelism are seen as a little eccentric and odd.  Nonetheless, every evangelical church is for evangelism.  But what is it? 

 

 

 

What is ASK?

“What are you up to?” “Why are you here?” “What is ASK?” – These are just a few of the questions I have been asked in the past few months. Having been in Australia for almost three years I am now settled into Evangelism and New Churches of the Sydney Anglican Diocese (ENC), I have a renewed visa and am looking forward to developing this work. But what is this work? I am working as an evangelist with Sydney Anglicans – but what does that mean and what precisely are we trying to do?

What is ASK seeking to do?

To paraphrase Ecclesiastes 12:11 “Of making many evangelism programmes there is no end, and much talking about evangelism wearies the soul”.  Maybe that’s a little too cynical, but it does appear to me that there are numerous evangelistic organisations, books, initiatives and programmes. Every evangelical church wants the silver bullet for outreach – especially in the context of a culture which is becoming increasingly hostile to the Gospel.

How is it Going and What Can we Do?

In this final article, I want to bring you up to date with how things have been going. After all, it is relatively easy to think through the theory and to make plans – but the real proof of the pudding is in the eating!  

A.S.K. and Church Partnership

ASK is a ministry of Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) which seeks to enable, encourage and equip churches to do evangelism – through consultancy, training, media and communication.  ASK will partner with you for one year – with the possibility of renewing for a further year. Partnership means that we will spend the equivalent of one full day per month working with the church in developing evangelism in and through the church.  More info here.

Upcoming Events

14 August

  •  9:30am
  • 11:15am (bilingual)

St Peter’s Presbyterian

234 Blues Point Road, Nth Sydney, 2060

16 August

  • 7:40am – 8:20am

Parramatta Legal

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The Barrington Cafe, 10 Smith St, Parramatta, 2151

18 August

  • 7:40am – 8:20am

City Legal

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Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

21 August

  • 5:30pm

Redeemer Baptist Youth Series

Sargood Hall, Redeemer Baptist School,

2 Masons Dr, Nth Parramatta, 2151 

24 -26 August

  • Various times

Queensland Theological College Conference

27 August

  • 6:00pm

Norwest Anglican Outreach Night

 

19 Chapel Lane, Baulkham Hills, 2153

28 August

  • 5:30pm

Redeemer Baptist Youth Series

Sargood Hall, Redeemer Baptist School,

2 Masons Dr, Nth Parramatta, 2151 

1 September

  • 7:40am – 8:20am

City Legal

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Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

4 September

  • 5:30pm

Redeemer Baptist Youth Series

Sargood Hall, Redeemer Baptist School,

2 Masons Dr, Nth Parramatta, 2151 

9 September

  • 12:30pm

Future of Humanity

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 CBF, Level 3,13-15 Bridge St, Sydney

13 September

  • 7:40am – 8:20am

Parramatta Legal

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The Barrington Cafe, 10 Smith St, Parramatta, 2151

15 September

  • 7:40am – 8:20am

City Legal

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Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

22 – 23 September

  • Various times

City Legal National Conference

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Rydges Hotel, Canberra

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