“Evangelism is never proclamation in a vacuum; but always to people and the message must be given in terms that make sense to them.” So said the late Michael Green (1930-2019) in his seminal book ‘Evangelism in the Early Church’, encapsulating the call of Christians to proclaim afresh the Gospel in each generation in a way that resonates with its hearers.
Wycliffe Hall now hosts an annual memorial lecture in honour of the late Revd Canon Dr Michael Green. Michael was perhaps the best known evangelist within the Church of England, who had a distinguished ministry as a priest and theologian, having been Rector of St Aldates Oxford and Professor of Evangelism at Regent College Vancouver. Archbishop George Carey requested that he return to the UK from Canada to help lead the Decade of Evangelism in 1990. Halfway through that decade he became a lecturer at Wycliffe Hall Oxford, a position he held (latterly in an honorary capacity) for the next 25 years until he died on 6th February 2019.
The Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘The Early Christians and the Mission of God’, was delivered by Prof. NT Wright, Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall. It was held at St Aldates Church (where Michael was Rector between 1975-1987) in December 2019. You can listen to it here.
Revd Greg Downes, said, “It is a great privilege for us to host this public lecture in honour of Michael Green, as an expression of our esteem for him and in gratitude to God for his life and ministry, which has impacted so many thousands of people all around the world.”