These resources are those that have been found helpful by those working across a variety of types of evangelism contexts. We have list of more specific resources, on other web-pages, related to ‘discipleship’ and for those working with ‘de-churched’, ‘unreached’ and ‘young people’.
The Anglican Communion Office can take no responsibility for the appropriateness of the content of these resources, but the following have been recommended by Anglicans who are involved in evangelism and church growth.
Alpha & Youth Alpha – These two courses are so well known that little needs to be said here except that I have used the course in middle class Oxford, inner-city Wembley and the forests of Sarawak amongst Iban youth and each time with some success. I have also helped to adapt Alpha for use in Orthodox churches in Romania and Russia and I know it is used widely by Roman Catholic churches. But it is not appropriate everywhere. It did not work, for some reason, in my parish in Newcastle. More information
A new Christian discipleship course for church congregations and groups of all traditions published in September 2013; the first time a national course has been commissioned by the House of Bishops of the Church of England.
Billed as offering an approach of “participation, not persuasion”, Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey is published by Church House Publishing and is part of the Church of England’s focus on spiritual and numerical growth.
Parent & Toddler Groups – These groups can take many different forms and can be run by churches, groups of churches or even an individual cell group. In essence they recognize that in our culture a parent who is not in work and is at home caring for a pre-school child, or children, can be very isolated. This is also a stage in life, following the birth of a child, when adults ask questions about the meaning of life and faith. The group can be held in a home, church room, community room, swimming pool, etc. but the essential elements are praying church members (who don’t need to be young – sometime a ‘grandparent’ figure is just what is needed), a welcoming and safe environment, toys, and helpers to care for the children whilst parents talk. In my last church in one period of two years 65% of new church members were first contacted through the Parent and Toddler group. Helpers need some training/advice on how to appropriately share their faith in this context. Further information here
Mission-shaped parish: traditional church in a changing world – By Paul Bayes et al looks at the bread-and-butter things that churches regularly do, through the lens of mission. It takes a fresh look at a typical parish church’s worship, pastoral contacts, civic and public responsibilities, faith nurturing opportunities, its administration and government – and creatively points to how all of this can be seen from the point of view God’s mission. Here