Anglican Witness - Evangelism & Church Growth

"To be a Christian is to believe we are commanded and authorised to say certain things to the world; to say things that will make disciples of all nations." - former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

Anglicans witness to Christ’s love in all sorts of ways on every day basis throughout the world.

Anglican Witness initiative brings together Anglicans and Episcopalians from across the Communion involved in a whole range of work to support evangelism and church growth in parishes, dioceses and provinces. It is a forum for mutual learning, sharing ideas, resources and good practice.

Over time, discipleship has become the main focus of our work. Every aspect of human life is considered central to God’s Mission and the long term goal is to see Christians equipped to live their faith in everyday aspect of life as disciples of Jesus.

Investing in young people is one of the top priorities. Anglican Witness promotes and recognises good practice around Church’s youth and children ministry.

There is also the need to explore credible ways churches can engage with Christian migrants around the world.

Anglican Witness is a growing community, guided by a cross-Communion core group. There is an easily accessible online resources for discipleship and evangelism.

To know more, subscribe to an email bulletin and take part in social media discussions. We would love to hear how you or your church is living out the Christian faith in any of the areas reflected below, please get in touch.

Season of Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making

Season of Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making

In the 21st century the impact of faith on human character and everyday life has largely diminished even in the areas with large Christian presence. Anglican leaders all over the Communion have highlighted the gap between faith and practice and the way the two are seen as distinct.

"We have no problem filling our churches with people, but they need to know what it means to be Christians, that is where we need help", said former Primate of the Anglican Church in Melanesia, Archbishop David Vunagi.

Meanwhile, in his installation Charge, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of Kenya asked, “If Christians form 80% of Kenya’s population, why are our elections often violence-prone? Why is our society riddled with corruption, nepotism and a great level of social stratification? Why are environmental degradation, poverty and disease still ever-present realities?”

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Youth and Children Ministry Award

Youth and Children Ministry Award

To recognise and promote Anglican and Episcopalian work by, with and among children and youth, an award - has been established - Youth and Children Ministry Award to encourage and recognise nurturing and growing of disciples among children and youth. The Award was first presented at the ACC-16 in Lusaka, Zambia to Rwanda and Kenya for successful and emerging discipleship work, respectively.

This Award is to be presented every 3 years at the ACC meeting and the next Award will be given at the ACC-17.

“This is a very exciting and important initiative, aimed at promoting discipleship and equipping of young Anglicans to be Christ’s Ambassadors and witnesses to his love for the world in their everyday life.”

The Revd Canon John Kafwanka, Director for Mission at the Anglican Communion Office.

See criteria of the Award here.

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Discipleship resources

Discipleship resources

Resources are continually being developed in and around the Anglican Communion by practitioners, leaders and missiologists – all involved in evangelism, discipleship and church growth. Anglican Witness has been tasked to showcase resources, publications and ministries that receive positive feedback across a variety of contexts from around the world.

The resource hub focuses on discipleship, the five marks of mission, youth and children, evangelism, and unreached people groups.

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Investing in Youth and Children

Investing in Youth and Children

The Anglican Communion has over 85 million members all over the world, majority of them are under the age of 35 and live in developing countries. Therefore, investing in young people - from social, political, economic, cultural, religious, or evangelistic stand point - must be a top priority of every institution of the world, especially the Church.

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Engaging with Migrants

Engaging with Migrants

The global people movement is central to the work of the Church as it determinates the nature of Christian communities in the globalised society and shapes the world’s cultural, social, political and economical context, including shaping the global Mission.

In the context of the global people movement, we seek to explore the experience of Anglican and Episcopal migrant communities in London, Melbourne and Toronto and the Church engagement with them. In a series of interviews with migrants and the Church leadership we will try to identify the main topics of concern. We aim to draw lessons to help develop credible approaches and ways migrant Christians can be a resource for local and global Mission.

Companion Partnership Links

Companion Partnership Links

Diocesan and parish partnerships are important and ever growing forms of relationships in the Anglican Communion. The Mission Department provides support to establish new partnership links, review or appraise existing relationships to ensure they are based on mutual interdependence and collaboration rather than dependence and paternalism.

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