Anglican Witness

AW Home pageAnglican 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.

Origins

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.

The Initiative is supported by a  Core Group

15 thoughts on “Anglican Witness

  1. We need to give Authentic witness to Christ in all things to be his living presence In the world, that is the best and most true Evangelism.

  2. This is the new outlook of Anglican church we need, that is seriously deeply rooted and focus on Evangelism and church growth, thank God For Answering our Prayers. This is the time that we translate Evangelism and church growth from words into practicality.

  3. I am interested in the field of evangelism within our church (St Dunstan’s Anglican Cathedral, Benoni) and our local community – our congregation consists of black, white, coloured and Indian families – from all levels of society – we have new people attending every week

  4. For some of us this is but an answer to prayer. I am so overjoyed with this brand new initiative. Who said Anglicans are not evangelistic or missional? Brothers and sisters in ACSA, here comes yet another tool to complement our newly born baby – Anglicans Ablaze! Or if you wish – Anglicans on FIRE for the Lord! Wow, we can only praise God for this. I would also want to challenge our youth to make use of the website (Anglican Witness) and tell many more about it. God bless the Anglican Communion! God bless the Anglican Witness!
    Rev. Fr. Joseph Morenammele (Diocese of Lesotho).

  5. This is a very big step in spreading the gospel. It will be a great website for seeking knowledge. Thanks for the brilliant idea.

  6. Thanks be to God for inspiring men and women to come up with something of this nature: initiating and establishing ANGLICAN WITNESS…
    I regard the FIVE MARKS OF MISSION as the most crucial aspects for the existence of the “Church”. A church that claims its existence without those Five Marks of Mission is just another “society” in the community its ministry is therefore irrelevant.

  7. I applaud and am thankful for the work which the Core Group has done in this area.
    Obviously, if we learned anything from the Decade of Evangelism it is that this, like so much of our on-going ministry and mission, is something that does not end.

    What would be so very valuable to those of us who minister in parts of the world that are not English speaking would be resources in some of these languages.

    I hope the new website will one day be able to post links to resources which would help in this area.

    1. Dear Bishop Michael. Thank you for your kind words on the production of this tool. Your sentiments regarding diversification of languages has been our concern too. You may wish to know that Bishop Bill Godfrey (Peru), one of your predecessors, is a member of the Core Group of Anglican Witness who constantly raises that point. If we had adequate resources we would have had other translation but we would welcome material in other languages including news and stories, which we will endeavor to publish but of course that is not the same thing as having the website in multiple languages. It was good to see at the ACO earlier in the year. with best wishes and blessings in your ministry. John

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