Lay Evangelists look for opportunities to help the church connect with the non-Christian world around. They are always on the lookout for new ways their congregations can serve their neighbours in Jesus’ name. They are comfortable on the edges of church life, building bridges for the gospel into the community at large. They are learning to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, so that they can relax and enjoy the work of evangelism without feeling that all the responsibility for leading people to faith is on their shoulders.
Evangelists are part of the ministry team of their parish, and their specific roles may include any of the following:
- Relational evangelism (learning to share the gospel in the context of genuine loving relationships, and mentoring others to do the same).
- Helping new disciples grow in basic Christian practices.
- Taking a leadership role in helping their parishes think missionally, and welcome and integrate new members.
- Leading inquirers’ courses such as ‘Alpha’, ‘Christian Basics’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘Emmaus’ etc.
- Working with baptismal families to share the gospel with them and help them come to faith in Christ.
- Finding creative ways to engage the people in their neighbourhoods.
- Taking a leadership role in Christian service projects in their communities in order to build bridges between the church and the world around.
- Pioneering outreach work in new areas where the Anglican church does not presently have a gospel witness.