Notes from FIEC Leadership in Lockdown webinar on ‘Evangelism after Lockdown: A Passion for Life 2022’ with John Stevens, Andy Paterson, Rico Tice, and John MacKinnnon.
1. Our task is to testify to the deliverance we’ve received in Jesus and call people to experience this deliverance themselves while we wait for Him to return in judgment.
2. Coronavirus Regulations Update for England from 29 March.
– Stay at home lifted but stay as local as possible.
– Qualifying groups of max 6 people including children or of 2 households can meet outdoors including private gardens. A linked childcare household is treated as a single household.
– Qualifying groups must not mix or mingle with other groups outdoors.
– Organised outdoor sports (children and adults).
– Outdoor children’s activities.
– Outdoor parents and child groups (max 15 parents) but not in private gardens.
– Weddings with max 6 and funerals with max 30.
– Support groups of max 15 can meet indoors – but not in private premises.
– Can meet indoors for work and provision of charitable services like foodbanks.
– Can meet for education and training – but must be some form of accredited qualification.
– Fixed penalty notice £200-6,400 for breaching rules on gathering. £10,000 for organising gathering of more than 30 people.
– No further changes to rules on gathering expected until 17 May when will allow 6 people / 2 households to meet indoors and 30 people outdoors. On 12 April there are minor changes that apply to youth and children’s activities.
– Nothing heard in relation to singing, including singing outdoor and whether there will be a special Easter dispensation.
3. A Passion for Life 2022 vision is to see the gospel of Christ proclaimed in every community to every generation across the UK and Ireland. It has a strap-line of ‘A month of mission, A lifetime of evangelism.’ You can watch a video introducing it HERE.
4. Pastors are weary and leading churches full of weary members and yet there are opportunities the current crisis is providing to speak the good news of Jesus into. Because of cancelled plans, people know they are not in control and the death toil has shown that life is fragile.
5. Church leaders need to be modelling evangelism ourselves.
6. The Lord is the great evangelist.
7. A gospel outline is better than nothing.
8. We are the only ones with real answers to the question “What are you going to do with sin and death?”
9. There are going to be materials to train the church family for evangelism with different modules we can pick and match depending on our situation.
10. To encourage development of a mission culture there is a podcast. A podcast. Yes, another podcast. I’m sure it is good but I have no space in my life for another one.
11. Recognise that hybrid evangelism (in person and digital) will be a feature of church life going forward.
12. Rico’s 2 headings: Come and hear | Go and tell. Come and hear is about evangelism we do at church. Go and tell is about equipping to go out and do personal evangelism.