Anglican Witness: Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative of the Anglican Communion is a one stop shop resource hub for church growth, discipleship, youth and children ministry, and other forms of evangelism.
Anglican Witness brings together Anglicans from across the world who are committed to strengthening evangelism within communities, seeing churches grow spiritually and numerically in capacity to engage the whole of God’s creation with Christ’s love, and seeing God’s name glorified in every day life experience.
Anglican Witness recognises that a lot is already happening in the Communion with regard to evangelism and church growth work, and therefore this is a forum for sharing ideas, experiences, skills, and mutual support among those involved and interested in evangelism and church growth in parishes, dioceses and provinces of the Anglican Communion, in order to bring people to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and become lifelong disciples within the community of God’s people.
Anglican Witness is committed to holistic mission, as expressed in the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission: To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom To teach, baptise and nurture new believers To respond to human need by loving service To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Anglican Witness was initially an initiative of the Bishops at the 2008 Lambeth Conference who felt the need “to develop a worldwide vision and strategy of church planting, growth and mission” (see Indaba reflections Section 42) in the Anglican Communion. This was followed in 2009 by the resolution at the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-14) to promote ‘Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative’ with a Core Group of Animators appointed to take the work forward.
In 2012, through the Mission resolution, the ACC-15 renewed this mandate and requested the Core Group to put further emphasis on children and young people.