"The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament." - Rowan Williams
The power of God is evident through the scripture and the sacraments, indeed through our following of Christ. Even so, sharing our faith can be a tremendous challenge. In part, the personal nature of how we have experienced God can be tender. Sometimes we don't share out of fear of rejection or even mockery; other times we may hesitate due to the differences we may experience between our own faith and that of others.
The gap between those who attend church and those who don't is growing. An ever increasing number of people don't go to church, many don't even know the Gospel story. This can be good news, in that some will marvel at the power of God as we share it. At the same time, there is an unprecedented number of people who have been offended, or worse, by the church or those professing their faith in ways that can be brash or problematic.
It is up to us to embrace this call in the Gospel, to model sharing that reflects our understanding of God's call. Sometimes this can be daunting. Ascension is hosting "Church Beyond the Walls" a practical workshop that provides a framework for developing an intentional evangelistic strategy for parishes. Carrie Headington will offer insight as to how to share our faith, as we strive to be Christ to the world. I hope that you will join us on Saturday September 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m for this event. You can register here: http://edod.org/resources/articles/church-beyond-the-walls/