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A public gospel - Good works or good news - must we choose?

Danny Webster, advocacy programme manager at the Evangelical Alliance, explores whether churches have to compromise too much when they work with local authorities.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Public Gospel: How should the gospel shape our engagement with public life?' It is the third in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What services do your church provide for the local community? Do you work with your local council? If so, what challenges / opportunities have you faced as a result?
  2. Have you found that working with local authorities provided you with gospel opportunities, or restricted your opportunities to share the gospel?
  3. Do you think that churches should be providing public services? Why (not)?
  4. What do we need to do differently as a church? (For example, are there contributions we should be making to our community that we are not at the moment. Or, do we need to be open about our faith within our existing opportunities?)