What qualities should a Church Army Evangelist have?
Church Army Evangelists should have a passion for evangelism; a desire to see communities and lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ; and a desire to implement the Church Army’s national ‘DARE strategy’:
- doing evangelism: bringing people to a living faith in Jesus Christ throughout the British Isles and Ireland is at the heart of the work of a Church Army evangelist
- advocating evangelism: Church Army evangelists are passionate about encouraging the wider Church to become more actively involved in evangelism
- resourcing evangelism: the Church Army trains people, and helps them to be resourced to do what God has called them to do
- enabling evangelism: the Church Army enables people to do evangelism in their own context by creating opportunities for them to join in what God is already doing.
What should I do if I believe God is calling me to be a Church Army Evangelist?
First of all, speak to people you trust and who know you well, including your parish priest or chaplain who will help you in beginning to discern your sense of calling.
The Vocations team runs a number of events to help you explore your vocation. Please keep an eye on the What’s On page to find out more.
The Church Army also has events to help you explore your sense of calling. If you get in touch with them, they will arrange for you to meet with a local Church Army vocations team member, invite you to attend a Church Army Discovery Day event, and get in contact with our Vocations team so you can begin the discernment process here in Southwark.
Once you are ready to begin the formal process of discernment, your parish priest or chaplain can book you on a Vocations Forum.
Vocations Forums usually take place at Trinity House, near London Bridge, although during the Coronavirus pandemic they are being held online over Zoom.
At a Forum you will have an opportunity to talk and listen to others who also believe that God may be calling them, to reflect on what the Bible says about ministry and to think about your own journey of faith so far.
Your parish priest or chaplain can book you on a Vocations Forum by e-mailing Sue Stewart, the Vocations Department Administrator (contact details below).
At the end of the Forum, you will be asked if you would like to continue to explore your vocation. If you decide to go ahead, you will be assigned a Vocations Advisor who will work with you in discerning your vocation further and make a recommendation as to whether you should proceed.
Selection and training
What is the selection process?
The Church Army will develop a candidate profile to build a picture of your evangelism, calling, experience, training and life. They will request and consider references and reports. During this time, they will support you and journey with you towards a potential discernment residential.
At the January discernment residential, you will explore your calling as an evangelist. Afterwards you may be sent on a placement to visit a Church Army project and/or asked to complete a written activity. You will also be asked to complete psychological and psychometric assessments.
At the May discernment residential, they will review your journey so far, reflecting on your personal faith development, how your vocation fits with Church Army, and your vocation to be a leader in pioneering situations. Together you will discern if training as a Church Army evangelist is the way forward for you.
What does Church Army training look like?
Church Army training is part-time, and consists of practical mission, training residentials, and reflective practice.
The seven areas of focus are:
- the Christian faith
- mission and evangelism
- mission and evangelism in a pioneer context
- creating and sustaining Christian community
- contemporary culture and context
- leadership and collaboration
- the Church Army.
On completion of the training, evangelists-in-training will be awarded with a Church Army Commission and admitted to the office of Evangelist.