Evangelism and Community Engagement
No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
What is Evangelism in the Episcopal Church
Evangelism is sharing our faith story—the ongoing story of our relationship with God—with anyone and everyone we meet, in words and ways that all people can understand.
Evangelism is telling people how God is changing our lives in a way that is joyful, relevant, clear and contagious.
We live in a culture that shares recipes, restaurants, movies or playful experiences with ease and excitement and without shame or doubt. Evangelism is simply sharing our experience that God knows, loves, heals and changes hearts, minds and souls.
How is Evangelism Different from Community Engagement?
Community engagement is showing our faith story throughout the neighborhoods and networks that surround our parishes.
Churches that seek to name and know the people, places and needs in their neighborhoods build a reputation for caring, working, partnering and praying for the common good of all people.
We engage our neighborhoods not to make others into our own image but to love our neighbors unconditionally as God loves them and loves us.
Our longing is that people who live near an Episcopal faith community in the Diocese of Washington would know that faith community to be the kindest, most generous and most brave gathering of people in the community. We want to be known as neighbors whose direction and delight is to give more to our communities than we take. As Jesus said, “The world will know you are my followers by your love for one another.”