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Evangelism and Witness

"The best decision that anyone can ever make, at any time, in any place, is to follow Jesus Christ." Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop Justin Welby has made evangelism a priority because it’s the only response there is to what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. As Christians we know that Jesus proves God has chosen to be for all people – offering his love to each of us without conditions. Through his life, teaching, death and resurrection, Jesus shows that God has completely changed this world, these communities, and our lives.

So many people are living with no knowledge of what God has done to entirely change their situation. Evangelism means sharing this good news, because it’s too good to keep to ourselves.

Archbishop Justin is listening to voices from throughout the church, and developing ideas for how he can support this sharing through evangelism and witness:

-  evangelism means showing others – through our words, actions, attitudes and interactions – how God has offered every one of us a new start. And because this message is about the person of Jesus Christ, that message is always loving, always gracious, and always particular. Ultimately this is the work of God, but this work requires us to consider, in every new situation, how we can show others they are loved by God.

-  witness is about what we do with what we have seen: the love of God in Jesus Christ. It flows from our personal meeting with Jesus: we are those who are witnesses firsthand of his love and grace, his forgiveness and mercy, his goodness and light, his welcome and his life. We are those who have heard him address us, we have known him take our guilt away. We have been called by name by him, and set to be witnesses for him to those around us. Witness is the work of the every Christian disciple, and stems from confidence that the best decision any human being can make is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Find news, sermons and interviews about evangelism and witness

March 2015

Archbishop to launch lecture series
4 March 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury will tonight set out a vision for how every Christian in the country can…

February 2015

Archbishop meets and prays with Birmingham youth workers
22 February 2015
Archbishop Justin met with youth workers in Birmingham on Saturday evening, telling them their work would…

Christianity course addressing ‘urgent task’ for the church, says Archbishop
12 February 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury praises Church of England's Pilgrim Course for helping bring new people to the…

November 2014

Evangelism is central to being people of God, says Archbishop Justin
21 November 2014
Don't wait to share Jesus with others, the Archbishop of Canterbury tells Church Army annual meeting.

July 2014

Follow Jesus in prayer, Archbishop tells Anglicans in Mauritius
7 July 2014
Archbishop urges focus on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism as he concludes visit to Anglican primates…

June 2014

Archbishop addresses National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
17 June 2014
Speaking in Westminster today the Archbishop said the global 21st century church must - as Pope Francis…

Why following Jesus means sharing Jesus
6 June 2014
The truth of what Jesus has done for us is too good to keep to ourselves, says Canon Chris Russell

May 2014

Archbishop Justin answers the question: What Makes Us Human?
2 May 2014
Jesus shows us 'authentic living and dying, a life among people, for people, with people', the Archbishop…

April 2014

Archbishop Justin's Ecumenical Easter letter
19 April 2014
"I pray that our Christian hope and the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ will heal relationships…

Archbishop licenses new Fresh Expressions leader
2 April 2014
Archbishop Justin says Fresh Expressions movement will continue leading the 're-imagination' of the church's…

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