Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury told Premier that any church that leaves evangelism to the ‘professionals’ is committing missionary suicide.
Speaking about the need for everyone to invest in sharing their faith, he said:
“Any church that leaves things to the ‘professionals’ is committing missionary suicide basically. The responsibility of demonstrating in word and works the love of Jesus Christ, in a way that is deeply attractive is the responsibility of every single Christian. Always. Everywhere.”
Archbishop Justin spoke out about how the Church has failed to equip people to share their faith for too long.
“If you go back to 1944/5 there was a report for the Church of England called Towards the Conversion of England prepared for William Temple. It said there will never be a conversion of England until every Christian disciple is equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ. That has always been one of the greatest weaknesses in many churches – not just Church of England churches. We do not spend enough time equipping people to share their faith.”