Sharing the Good News
In early July, our Church Resources Team successfully completed the delivery of Faith Empowered, a training resource for local lay leaders in evangelism, to a group in the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand.
We started working on this project 10 months ago and have had to adapt the resource for online delivery, whilst dealing with the challenge of significant distance and time differences. The time change during New Zealand’s winter and the northern hemisphere’s summer was especially tricky. Our 8 am start turned into a 6 am start for the UK team, which made for some interesting early morning conversations!
We’ve been delighted by the feedback we’ve had, thanking our team members for their creativity, insights, positivity, humour, and resourcefulness in their facilitation. Likewise, our team enjoyed seeing how well participants engaged with the material, demonstrated creative thinking in applying it, and have even started putting theory into action. Additionally, our team also trained a smaller group of Facilitators who will take the resource and deliver it in-person locally. We’re excited to see how this will help adapt Faith Empowered to the specific context of New Zealand and how it will impact the local church
We kindly ask for your prayers for Faith Empowered to take root, have a local impact, and help local churches in New Zealand attract people who are curious and eager to follow Jesus.
Archdeacon Mark, who oversees Regeneration and Mission, sees this as the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership. We eagerly anticipate the next steps and what lies ahead in our collaborative journey together.
Free Resources For you and your church
Faith Questions helps you think about how to answer difficult questions about your faith, and the confidence to share your faith with others.Click here
Faith Pictures is a free resource from Church Army to help Christians of all traditions talk about their own story of faith with confidence.Click here
Faith Shared is a free resource helping churches of all traditions think about how they connect with the communities around them.Click here