Sharing Jesus while social distancing

We might be in lockdown, but we still want to inspire you for mission in every season

We might be in lockdown, but we still want to inspire you for mission in every season

About Evangelical Alliance

The Evangelical Alliance joins together hundreds of organisations, thousands of churches and tens of thousands of individuals to make Jesus known.
Representing our members since 1846, the Evangelical Alliance is the oldest and largest evangelical unity movement in the UK.
United in mission and voice, we exist to serve and strengthen the work of the church in our communities and throughout society.

Featured Resources

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- The mantra of those who have sought to equip
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and inspire us and encourage us in evangelism for years
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has been that, "Mission starts on our doorstep."
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But now, we're only allowed out of our house
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for certain reasons,
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so what does mission look like in lockdown?
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Well first of all, churches have responded amazingly.
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Looking out for the vulnerable, helping the isolated,
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Christians delivering leaflets
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to their streets offering help.
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Food banks have been ramping up their efforts,
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churches have been livestreaming their services
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like it's going out of fashion.
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I wish I had shares in Zoom.
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But this is also a moment for us to think about
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how we might share our faith with our friends
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at this time for three really good reasons.
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First of all, the sands are shifting beneath people's feet.
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Cultural guru, Mark Sayers, says that
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in moments of transition people are way more open
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to the Gospel than other moments.
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This is a moment for us to be a non-anxious presence
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and to take the opportunities to share our faith
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with our friends.
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Secondly, we will never have more time, for many of us,
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on our hands to be able to do so.
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I don't know about you,
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but I spend so much time with church rotas
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and traveling to and from work
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and suddenly there's a vacuum in my diary.
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What would it look like if we invested that time
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growing and deepening relationship with our friends,
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and our friends who don't know Jesus?
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Thirdly, the technology is amazing.
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Can you imagine coronavirus in a time just 30 years ago
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via fax machines and pages,
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instead of video conferencing and social media?
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What would it look like for us to run
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Christianity explored programs, alpha courses online,
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and invite those who might never do those courses
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if they took place in a church building?
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Paul writes in Colossians 4,
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"Devote yourselves to prayer.
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"Be watchful and thankful
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"and pray for us, too, that God may open a door
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"for our message."
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I, like many others, pray that prayer regularly
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for an opportunity to share my faith with my friends.
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What if this is that moment?
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Let's not miss it.
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Let's make the most of the opportunity.
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Let's go for it.