Sowing the Seeds: an Episcopal Approach to Evangelism
St. Matthew's, Sterling
201 East Frederick Drive
Sterling, VA 20164
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Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.
This is one of the solemn vows we make to God and God’s people at the moment of our baptism. Through it, we promise to continue the work of the Church by sharing our relationship with Jesus with all we come across, to invite them into a relationship with God that will transform their lives. To sum this promise up in one word, we are called to be Evangelists.
Many of us are afraid of this vow and are put off by the word Evangelism for valid reasons. It brings to mind street corner preachers calling on people to “repent or go to hell” and those who go knocking on doors with pamphlets hoping to convert the resident. Not a pleasant thought at all! Yet, these images are not true Evangelism, not in the Gospel sense. Jesus shows us that to spread the Gospel is a spiritual act of joy and gift giving, a way to give thanks for the new life we are gifted in Christ and inviting others to receive the same gift. It’s not about conversion and filling pews, but sharing our stories of transformation with others and inviting them to experience it themselves.
We seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people – then invite them to MORE. #EpiscopalEvangelism
Curious about learning the Episcopal way of Evangelism? Want to become comfortable in sharing your walk with God in a way that is authentic, yet not off-putting to others? Join us for Sowing the Seeds: an Episcopal Approach to Evangelism.
This 4-week workshop will take place on the Fridays of September – 6, 13, 20 and 27– from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The workshop will be hosted at St. Matthew’s Church in Sterling, and will be led by the Rev. Grant Mansfield, Assistant Rector of St. Matthew’s. There are limited spaces available so register now. Contact Grant for more details.