This past week I have been in London at the Anglican Communion’s outreach committee meeting, also known as the Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative. Our mission, empowered by Archbishop Welby (the new Archbishop of Canterbury), is to encourage evangelism across the 165+ countries of the Anglican Communion. As a core group member, my responsibility is to encourage work in areas of the world where there is very little Christian presence, in “unreached” areas.
I left the meeting with a sense of hope. Alongside traditional mission areas of concern such as children, youth and discipleship, the group has a continued interest in the unreached as well. In addition, it was encouraging to meet Bishop Graham Cray who heads up Fresh Expressions, a new church planting initiative in the UK. We also made site visits to UK parishes that are engaged in innovative evangelism in their communities.
I have left the meeting with a sense that God is not finished with the Anglican Communion, despite all the recent controversies and troubles. If God could use an ass to speak truth in the Old Testament (Numbers 22), then maybe He’s not done with this international, historic, diverse community called the Anglican Communion.