Tips and tools to help your congregation share their faith and reach their communities more effectively
Ways Churches Can Offer Connection and Care During Social Distancing
As we learn to live differently in this time of social distancing, churches have a unique opportunity to help people remain connected and supported. At this time, we are called to be attentive to the needs around us, invite God to show us how we can serve and respond with creativity and adaptability. How churches respond will be varied because each of our communities is different. You are encouraged to discern what is best for the particular situation you find yourselves in. In this article, you will find a list of suggestions for offering connection and support during this time of social distancing.
Ways for Churches to Create Partnerships in Their Local Communities
God is already powerfully at work in the community where your church is located, and your church was put there for a reason. As many churches seek to move outside of the church building’s walls, they are looking for new ways to understand the hopes and needs of their neighbours, build relationships and partner with others in the good work that is already happening. This resource contains tips for how your church can create partnerships with other organizations and people doing God’s work in your community.
Opening Your Doors to People with Diverse Abilities
From the beginning, God has protected and honoured creation’s diversity and called people with all abilities to further the work of the kingdom. Through his ministry, Jesus cared for many people with varied abilities, and he called upon his followers to live out his example by welcoming and loving all people. In this resource, Dr. Michael Walker from Our Doors Are Open explores ways congregations can welcome people with disabilities into their places of worship.
A Guidebook for Congregations Looking to Connect with Neighbours
The United & Presbyterian Campus Ministry team that serves three post-secondary institutions in Calgary shares what they’ve learned about creating pathways into Christian faith for non-believers. Using their very successful “Drum, Dine, and Discuss” program as a model, they have identified best practices that can be applied by congregations wanting to connect more fully with people and communities outside of the church.
Sharing Your Faith: A Congregational Workshop Guide
Imagine what it would look like if each congregation in the PCC was intentional about equipping their members to share their faith and to invite others to experience the fullness of life in Christ. In late October 2017, five congregational leaders from across the country gathered to learn more about evangelism and to begin crafting the first stages of projects to take back to their congregations. This meeting between leaders was the first step in many towards developing a network that will eventually support a culture of evangelism in the context of local congregations across the PCC. This resource brings together key learnings from this training and provides practical exercises in the form of a workshop that can be used as a springboard for your own congregation’s evangelism initiatives.
A Survey of Growing Churches in The Presbyterian Church in Canada
This resource shares the results of a survey where participants identified the specific ministries that they believed were most important to church growth and identified characteristics and traits they believed were most relevant to church health and growth. In most cases, the surveys were completed by the minister, sometimes in consultation with the church Session.
Sharing Good News in the Church: Annual Meetings
Being a church of Jesus Christ is about sharing good news. Whenever we gather, we have an opportunity to build one another up and encourage one another in faith. This resource provides reflections and tips to help you facilitate annual meetings so people feel invigorated, excited and hopeful about your congregation and your ministry.
Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct
Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the Word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian. At the same time, it is necessary to do so according to gospel principles, with full respect and love for all human beings. This resource encourages churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion.
“Being with” in Evangelism and Mission
How do you understand “being with” as part of your evangelism and mission ministries? We often focus on the tangible results of the efforts we make to resolve the world’s injustices and share God’s love without recognizing how we have been impacted. But what is the story of being in relationship with people? When have we felt “our hearts burning” and our “eyes were opened”? And when we have had this experience, how did we share it? This resource provides reflection and tips on how to best express your “being with” in your congregation.
Former Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rev. Peter Bush, helps us reflect on our understanding of Christian hospitality and prompts consideration of questions such as: how is hospitality offered by your congregation? What does it “look” like? Who offers hospitality? When? Where? And to whom? What have been your church’s successes and frustrations with welcoming people?
Speaking about Our Faith
Serving, loving, or doing good works in the community can attract people’s attention to who we are. But can we assume people will make the leap from our loving actions to the love of Christ? What if they don’t know the gospel story to enable them to connect our actions to the good news? This resource helps to equip people to speak about their faith and encourage congregations to discuss, discern and share their Christian identity.
Evangelism in the 21st Century: Video Study Resource
In the spring of 2014, members of the ecumenical Evangelism Connections team gathered to discuss why and how evangelism is still relevant and necessary in contemporary North America. The discussion was filmed to create the video, “Evangelism in the 21st Century.” For study purposes, the video was divided into a series of nine parts which can be used flexibly: in sequence or in any order; by individuals or to spark conversations; as a devotion to start a committee or Session meeting; as part of elder training or other workshops; or even as part of worship. This study guide accompanies the video.