Successful start as Wycliffe's new School of Evangelism is launched

by Rev Greg Downes  |  19th Dec 2018

It was a great joy to conclude the year with Wycliffe’s new School of Evangelism in week 9 of the Michaelmas term.

First year ordinands attended as an Integrated Studies Week (ISW) alongside 25 guests that included local clergy and alumni of the Hall.

This will be an annual event and one of several initiatives run by the new Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement launched the same week and headed up by Wycliffe’s Director of Ministerial Training, Greg Downes.

The school had an impressive line up of speakers including Michael Green, Steven Croft, Roger Simpson & Helen Roberts.

There were a number of evangelistic activities in the week itself and the school culminated with a commissioning service that included worship, testimony & prayer ministry.

Many students spoke of the significant impact of the week.

Ordinand, Faith Bailey writes:

The School of Evangelism was a great week, where we listened to people who are all practiced in the art of evangelism. Their enthusiasm, stories and experience were really inspiring, and (for my next sermon) I decided to change the way that I preach…
My talk felt very different and I felt quite uncomfortable with what I had prepared to say, but at the end of the service somebody gave their life to Christ!
 I am totally inspired to preach like that again.

 Dr Michael Green, who attended the whole school said:

The mix of theology and praxis was superb…a week which will live long in the lives of many of these students.