For more than 135 years, Church Army evangelists have shared the Gospel with those on the margins of society, helping to communicate God’s love in word and action with those who rarely step inside the doors of a church building. They tend to be bold, seen as trailblazers, taking risks to remain progressive. They are also down to earth, with real people on the ground, engaging in real-life situations.
Church Army evangelists here in Southwark Diocese work in some of the most deprived communities in the UK, where there are high levels of anxiety and depression. Their work includes:
- running youth and children’s clubs
- home visiting and mentoring
- families work
- holiday clubs and trips, and employment advice and training
- specialist work with young offenders and those at risk of offending
- an accessible Christian service for adults
- a computer and games bus
- work with local schools to help those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
- relaxed Bible and prayer evenings for young people
- a youth church led by young people.
What does a Church Army evangelist look like?
God is generous and Church Army evangelists want to model that generosity to others.
The Church Army has a long heritage as a pioneering movement, prepared to take risks and give colleagues permission to succeed or fail as they seek to do new things.
Church Army evangelists are hopeful, expecting God to do new things amongst us.
Evangelists are accountable to God and others, living reliably and responsibly and maintaining high professional standards.
The Church Army is committed to partnership with those who share its values, believing it enhances the work of everyone.
God loves everyone and everyone is significant in his eyes; Church Army evangelists will serve anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, ability, status or circumstances.
Listening to God and being obedient to God are key for evangelists, who seek to be like Jesus in their life and witness.