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Celebrate Norfolk Charity No 1141245

Engage strategy is launched in Norwich

2013: A new evangelistic strategy called Engage has been launched at a breakfast meeting in Norwich, sitting alongside the established Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk. Engage leader and Director of ENYP, Danny Doran-Smith reports.

 

EngageLogo350On Saturday March 2, a group of people from across Norwich came together for a breakfast to learn and share about an evangelistic strategy called ‘Engage’ which is designed to support and sit alongside the Celebrate mission of celebrating the Christian community in Norfolk.  Engage is designed to bring year round consistency to mission and evangelism. 

John Betts, Celebrate Project Director, said: “To see a gathering of evangelists and evangelistic organisations was both exciting and encouraging.  The possibilities for the future of the Christian witness in Norwich has advanced, because we came together in Jesus name and took time to talk, listen and engage in some serious thinking about how we might move ahead together.  Praise God.” 

Jill Gower, Director of Call to Prayer and member of the Celebrate Team, said: "The breakfast went really well - a diverse group of people working together to find ways to further the Kingdom of  God by reaching people through exciting new ventures.  I feel we could generate a good interest from those who do not yet know Jesus."

The heart of Engage is:

1.       ENCOURAGE the prodigals.  There are many today who at some point in their lives encountered the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ, but for some reason have broken away or have been displaced from the Body of Christ (Luke 15 v 11-32)
2.       ENABLE the church.  Our Churches are comprised of people who are journeying in faith.  As we journey together, we as Christians must be open to both evangelising and being evangelised to, by those in our faith community (Ephesians 4 v 11-16)
3.       EVANGELISE the lost.  The lost are those who have no tangible knowledge of Jesus Christ.  These people don’t know the Good News of the Gospel (Matthew 28 v 18-20).

The approach:
We want to Engage in Evangelism and Mission Together (John 17 v 21) through methods such as; joint events, conferences, training, outreach and mission in line with the Vision.

The Strategy:
A team of around 30 people have been gathered together to strategically look at the following areas of engagement within the City and County throughout the calendar year:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Men
  • Women
  • Families

This team will meet again in the coming months to continue to plan and vision each of the areas.  If you are interested in finding out more about Engage or Celebrate please contact Danny Doran-Smith or John Betts.

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