That, with the consent of the Synod, Recommendation VIII be changed to the following:
That since in the sparsely settled parts of our country the difficulty of reaching with any degree of regularity the scattered groups of our people is almost insurmountable - which difficulty extends to other Christian Communions - we recommend that in the interests of our Christian Faith an advance be made, through the Bishops of our Church, to the authorities of other Christian Communions in the several localities concerned with a view to discussing possible means of co-operation with them in an endeavour to minister to these small and isolated units, subject always to the principle being clearly indicated that we must administer the Sacraments to our own people. CARRIED in both Houses.
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Contents: Publications of the Council for Social Service of the Church of England in Canada -- Christ and the Modern World / By the Rev. J.H.H. Coleman, Napanee Ont.
"This thought throws light upon the popular, instinctive feeling which every parish priest has heard expressed by many of his people since the war began, that `the end of the world' may be near. The feeling of the early Church was a true instinct. It was mistaken as to the manner of Christ's Return, but not as to the fact of His Return. And so the apocalyptic dreams of many of our people today are based on a true instinct. The signs of the times do not necessarily mean `the end of the world'; of that day and that hour we know not. But, unless they do, what they mean is that in this great shaking of all things, Jesus Christ has come again. Christ has come to the modern world to give it such a re-birth, such a new beginning, as He gave to the world of nineteen centuries ago. And so the great problem that confronts the Church is, first, to learn; second, to interpret to the world to-day; no new Christ, One who is the same yesterday, and to-day and forever; but One whose personality is so complete that He has a new meaning for each new era of humanity. It is our first duty to get, if we can, a vision of Christ as He Himself would make Himself known to the modern world (pp. 3-4)".
"Perhaps you know that feeling. After being away for any length of time, you return to your church family, sit in your favourite pew, participate in the liturgy and think, 'Gee, it's good to be home !'" "The church is a place where people can make a lot of mistakes and still feel loved, accepted and forgiven". "There will always be something to fault in any church. The church is not perfect; no church is. Think of the church as a religious version of AA -- recovering sinners -- for that's what we are". "This November, why not give the church another chance and attend one of the special services that will be offered in most Anglican churches, such as Remembrance Sunday ? Know that you are loved, accepted and welcomed just as you are because God loves us just as we are. Come home to your church family".
"The annual Vital Church Planting Conference will take place Jan. 29 to 21, 2015, in Toronto, with the theme, 'Charting our waters: God's mission in the Canadian context'. The 2015 conference will include speakers from across Canada who lead Fresh Expressions of church, church plants and new ministries. Speakers will be assembled in a TED-style talk format and workshop, a new format for the conference. There will also be interactive and practical training on 'missional listening, discernment and planning so that leaders can bring teams of lay people who might not normally attend a mid-week conference', said Ryan Sim, one of the organizers. 'They'll leave feeling equipped and encouraged to start new missional endeavours in their own context'. The conference is sponsored by the diocese of Toronto, Fresh Expressions Canada and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism. For more information go to http://vitalchurchplanting.com". [Text of entire article.]
"Perhaps one of the most significant contributions of the Decade has been that it has pulled evangelism out of the shadows and forced us to talk and think about it." "There has also been a greater acceptance that evangelism is a ministry in its ownright. No longer does the word evoke the automatic response: `Everything we do is evangelism.' There is awareness, to be sure, that other ministries of the church will do much to affect the integrity and effectiveness of our evangelistic efforts, but the ministry itself -- getting the story out and inviting outsiders in -- is not so frequently confused with or identified with these other ministries". "We speak of `post-Christendom' and `post-modernity', understanding that culture no longer leads people into our churches. The Judeo-Christian narrative no longer has a monopoly on the spiritual and ethical formation of Canadians". "One of the major challenges for the immediate future remains that of continuing to develop a distinctly Anglican style of evangelism that will not only respect the dignity of those we seek to reach, but also engage them with an informed and articulate explanation of the Gospel and a sensitive invitation to join up with the people of God and learn to follow Christ".
Canon G.H. Tucker introduced the report of the Department of Information and Stewardship.
Whereas the peoples of the world are increasingly basing decisions on information received through new forms of communication, including over 2,000 television stations, 8,000 daily newspapers and 160,000 film theatres, and are expressing their beliefs through new channels,
Whereas ideas and learning processes themselves have been altered by the present electronic revolution,
Whereas it is of the nature of the Gospel that it be preached where people are in their daily life and it is of the nature of the mass media that they continuously reach into the lives of even the most remote inhabitants of the earth.
Be It Resolved that the Anglican Church of Canada recognizes its ministry in and through the mass media as an area of primary mission; that it accepts the responsibility of pioneering in the development of fresh ways of expressing the Gospel, and urges its members and organizations at all levels of the Church to give priority to the discovery and exploration of creative and imaginative avenues of effective communication, especially through the arts and the mass media. CARRIED in both Houses.
"As a self-described introvert, John has given us a treatment of evangelism that is both sensitive and sensible. He is very aware of the anxiety that `normal' people can feel when it comes to telling others about their personal faith. His book is experientially illustrated, methodologically balanced, and biblically rooted. The biblical journey takes us through Babylon, focuses on Jesus, and rejoices in Paul's enthusiasm for the gospel. There is a chapter addressing the difficult evangelistic issue of Christians' attitudes toward other religions, and another dealing with the often ignored subject of hell". -- Foreword, p. 7.
Contents: Foreword / Don Posterski -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: The Abolition of Evangelism ? -- Part I -- Flasher Evangelism -- Evangelism B.C.: An Old Testament Vision -- "So I Send You": How Jesus Got Us Involved -- The Jesus Model: Evangelism for "Normal" People -- Process Evangelism: On a Scale of 1 to 100 -- A Healthy (Church) Lifestyle -- Cross-Cultural Communication: Paul in Athens -- Kingdom Risks: Boldly Following God's Spirit -- Part II -- What is the Gospel ? -- Translating the Message -- Hell and a Loving God: Does It Add Up ? -- Evangelizing Other Religions: Why Bother -- Beginning and Belonging -- Commitment: Baby Steps and Giant Strides -- On Rocks and Mirrors -- Questions for Study and Reflection -- Notes.
Author is an Anglican lay person and professor at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.
"Filled with personal anecdotes, object lessons and humour, this handbook is practical and designed to help the local church grow both numerically and in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. 'The Evangelism Handbook' takes the Great Commission from Christ very seriously and is meant to challenge every believer to reconsider the role of evangelism within the Church". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction / Ron Meacock -- Foreword / Ray Taylor, Director, The Church Army in Canada -- Evangelism of Fossilize ?: The Church's Task -- Recruiting Drive : The Evangelist's Task -- How ?: Equipment and Technique -- Suffer the Children !: The Sunday School -- Getting With It !: Disco and Coffee Bar Evangelism -- Notes -- Index.
The author is "a Church Army Officer and a licensed evangelist in the Anglican Church" -- back cover.
The author a well-known Evangelical author and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College writes about a "hunch" he has, that "Catholic Christianity -- by which I mean Anglican churches which value (among other things) ritual, mystery, tradition, and ceremony -- ought to be evangelistically `successful' in a post-modern world". He discusses some basic components of evangelism in general and then makes some specific suggestions for churches in the "Catholic tradition" including: "Teach the congregation, through sermons and study groups, about the evangelizing ministry of the church .... Work on being a congregation that truly welcomes newcomers who don't know an angelus from an angel or a cope from a cop. .... Preach the Gospel with visitors in mind who have never heard it before. .... Make the service user-friendly -- without watering it down. .... Offer instructional courses for newcomers who want to know what faith is all about."