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Green Mountain Witness Spreads the Word: Evangelism Year in Review

Spread the Word: Evangelism Year in Review

Members of our Vermont Green Mountain Witness Team have been authoring a series of articles for The Mountain about the importance of re-claiming evangelism as part of our charism as people of faith. By popular request, today’s edition features links to all articles in the “Spread the Word” evangelism series published in the past year.

The Role Joy Plays in Evangelism

By Fr. Liam Muller | January 3, 2018
Joy is one of the gifts of the Spirit—the other gifts of the Spirit being love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23) which are also, should you be asking, pretty good tools for evangelism. But for our purposes in this season of joy we will focus on joy. Read More

Going Forward with Words and Deeds

By Fr. Liam Muller | February 1, 2018
Now, I don’t know how your first day of going to a new church went, but I think I can state with certainty that no one in the congregation on that day cried out because they had an unclean spirit residing in them. In fact, in the history of going to new places of worship, this probably qualifies as the most unusual first day—ever. Read More

Evangelism Matters!

By Fr. Liam Muller | March 1, 2018
This month the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, Jamison Dunne, Joe Fortner, Kathleen Moore and I are attending an evangelism conference in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I happen to love the title of the conference for its double meaning” “Evangelism Matters.” Read More

‘Cleveland Rocks!’ Reflections on the 2018 Evangelism Matters Conference with Guidance for Congregations

By Fr. Liam Muller | March 29, 2018
For those who remember The Drew Carey Show, “Cleveland rocks” was the phrase, sung (yelled?) over and over during the opening credits. It’s also an apt description of the enthusiasm of the 400 Episcopalians gathered for the Evangelism Matters conference, which was hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio from March 14-17. Read More

Exploring an Episcopal Understanding of Evangelism

By Titus Presler | May 31, 2018
The word “evangelism” stumbled into a conversation at a recent diocesan event. “Oh, evangelism,” said one participant, “that’s all about trying to get people to go to your church, isn’t it?” Read More

Who Do You Say That I Am?

By Robert Barton | June 15, 2018
On Sunday, April 3, 2016, I wanted to die. I was lying in bed, at the end of my rope, after long years of depression, angst, substance abuse, and trauma. This is not the place to go into all the details, but I was at my bottom. Faithless, miserable, and unable to get out of bed, all I could yearn for was oblivion. Read More

Evangelism Means Knowing, Telling Our Stories

By Jamison Dunne | July 2, 2018
Telling the story of how your life has been transformed by life in Christ is a powerful form of witness. No longer is Jesus in the abstract of dogma or theology. Instead he is found at my bedside lifting the heavy load of life. In this type of sharing one sees the visible power of God’s work in this world. Read More

Evangelism: Look, Listen, Be Joyful

By Joe Fortner | July 16, 2018
Nobody is perfect. People are gonna tell you you’re perfect just the way you are. You’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Read More

Evangelism in Translation

By Katie Runde | August 1, 2018
After decades of dodging fundamentalists speaking in tongues over me for the salvation of my Anglo-Catholic soul, praying for me in their prayer groups as one of the lost, demanding of me whether or not I had accepted Jesus as my personal savior, it was to my utmost surprise that I realized that I, my shy self, was an evangelist and had been for most of my adult life. Read More

When Evangelism Means ‘Staying In’

By Kathleen Moore | August 15, 2018
A couple weeks ago, a good friend asked me to lunch. We met at a local restaurant and fell into the easy kind of conversation friends do – catching up on what’s going on in our lives, at work at school and with family. Then without warning, my friend directed the conversation into unexpected territory. Read More

Evangelism: It’s About Telling Stories

By Jennifer Ogelby | September 3, 2018
I believe that evangelism is all about love and spreading that love to whomever we meet. A big part of that is listening to people’s stories. Read More

Evangelism the Theme of Diocesan Convention

By Titus Presler | September 18, 2018
Episcopalians into evangelism?! Not only are many people surprised by our Convention theme, but reservations abound because of the many stereotypes of evangelism people have from experiences with other churches and other kinds of Christians. Read More

One Body, Many Members

By Robert Barton | October 2, 2018
As we seek to move together in the work of proclaiming and living the Gospel of our Lord, it is of paramount importance that we be in community with one another as we encounter those we seek to reach. Read More

A Shout-out for Engaging Evangelism at Diocesan Convention

By Titus Presler | October 16, 2018
Diocesan Convention is around the corner. The theme is evangelism, under the title of “Go, Tell It on the Mountains! Evangelism Vermont-Style.” Read More

Evangelism at Diocesan Convention: ‘Not a moment, but a movement!’

By Titus Presler | October 31, 2018
Thirty people came forward to be commissioned by Bishop Tom Ely as Evangelism Catalysts in the diocese during the Convention Eucharist held Saturday morning, Oct. 27, at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. Read More

Spread the Word…Or at Least Be Willing to Try!

By Jamison Dunne | November 14, 2018
The energy of Convention was the driving force that allowed me to take a chance with evangelism on social media. Seeing so many folks willing to take a chance with this most important cause was more than enough to give me the courage to try out becoming fully an evangelist. Read More

Soul Appetizers: Reaching Out and Connecting with Music

By Joseph Fortner | December 3, 2018
As important as music is to our worship services, it also can serve as a gateway. For some, the draw of music may encourage them to come to church without much further prompting. Yet music can also be an incidental doorway towards faith-related inquiries, as well as a means to engage “non-churchy” people in conversations which may open their hearts to God’s message and “walking in His grace.” Read More

A Birth Announcement

By Jennifer Ogelby | December 17, 2018
As I try to connect with the people I meet on the street, the grocery store, church and work I can feel Jesus being born in my heart once again. Am I ready to take that next step of sharing the news of Jesus’ birth? Read More

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