Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Conferring with the evangelists

To All Souls, Langham Place for the 2013 Evangelists' Conference.

When people think of evangelism they often to think of large scale events - like the stadium filling crusades of Billy Graham in the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s - but the focus of this year's conference was not on large scale events, or even on small groups but on one-to-one interactions between individuals

Uncover is a set of bible study materials based on Luke's Gospel which is being used to great effect in the student world, with individual students reading Uncover with their friends on a one-to-one basis.

It comes with a special edition of Luke's Gospel which has a series of QR codes (those square shaped bar code thingies) which, with the aid of a smartphone, you can watch a series of short videos explaining Luke and dealing with some of the most common objections to the Christian faith.

You can view them here

In a world where people know very little about Christianity, but are often curious about spiritual things, an
invitation to look at a biography of Jesus over a coffee - or a pint in the Student Union bar - often provides a way in to the Christian faith.

As for sharing the Gospel in Bermondsey, we might need to customise our own materials - how about some videos filmed on location around the parish, we mused on the tube home - but the idea of doing more one-to-one work seemed definitely worth thinking about - especially in trying to reach men, there being some evidence that the blokes were less keen on small group work than the ladies and might actively prefer the one-to-one approach.

A really good stimulating day with much food for thought. Thank you All Souls.

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