Episcopal Evangelism Toolkit: Reclaiming evangelism, going public with our faith
Available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole
A new, comprehensive Episcopal Evangelism Toolkit is available online for congregations, dioceses, groups, and individuals to explore Evangelism and grow capacity to share the good news of God in Christ far and wide.
As the Introduction to the Toolkit explains: “Through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people – then invite everyone to more. The Evangelism Toolkit helps us to live into that call.”
“We have seen a growing hunger among Episcopalians to reclaim evangelism, become more public and generous with our faith, and welcome people to join up with the Jesus Movement,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care and leader of the Evangelism Team. “We’ve worked with partners for more than a year on this Episcopal Evangelism Toolkit, as a way to help our whole church to answer the call to celebrate the good news of Jesus Christ with our words as well as deeds.”
The Episcopal Evangelism Toolkit is organized into four sections:
- Foundations: Episcopal Charter for Evangelism and Practical Theology of Evangelism
- Evangelism 101: Handouts for evangelism workshop, including materials on the Jesus Movement, Revivals, Digital Evangelism, Neighborhood Prayer Walks, One-to-One StorySharing, Hospitality and more. Workshop currently offered by members of the Evangelism Team in Spanish and English, for dioceses and provinces.
- Exploring Evangelism through Social Media: 45-minute education forum for congregations, with exploratory exercises, to get savvy about Digital Evangelism
- Beloved Community StorySharing: Introduction to the StorySharing Campaign and the full Beloved Community StorySharing Guidebook (currently available in English), a comprehensive guide that equips and leads Episcopalians to share stories of faith, race and difference with each other and with our neighbors.
The Episcopal Evangelism Toolkit is ideal for educational purposes, leadership development, faith formation, adult forums, youth groups, and other Episcopal gatherings.
For more information about the Evangelism toolkit, or to share stories or images related to local evangelism engagement, contact the Evangelism Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.