“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.
Evangelism has always been in the DNA of Wycliffe Hall since our founding in 1877, but this need to proclaim afresh the Gospel to our own generation lay behind Michael Green’s excitement at seeing the new Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement launched this last academic year.
The purpose of the new Centre is twofold: to equip future clergy as missional leaders and to discern, develop and disciple a new generation of evangelists ready to be deployed to assist the church in fulfilling her missional mandate.
Wycliffe’s Director of Ministerial Training, Greg Downes, a member of the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists, is the new Dean of the Centre which will host a number of conferences/training events each year and a public lecture in memory of Michael Green.
Justin Welby becomes Patron of the Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement
We are delighted to announce that the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby has agreed to be the patron of the new Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement and are indebted to him for his support.
School of Evangelism
We hosted our first School of Evangelism at the end of the Michaelmas term for all our first year ordinands and were joined by around twenty guests.
Last year’s School featured outstanding speakers such as Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, Canon Roger Simpson and the Revd Helen Roberts, as well as praxis events such as an evangelistic advent carol service, a Christmas Formal Hall with after-dinner speech, and comedy evangelism with Mark Ritchie.
Michael Green was present throughout the week and commented: “The mix of theology and praxis was superb… a week which will live long in the lives of many of these students.”
The dates for this year's School of Evangelism are 9th - 13th of December and we extend a special welcome to Wycliffe alumni to return to the Hall for the conference and bring along those in their networks to whom this event would be helpful.