A new resource is being launched for UK churches tomorrow. Here’s the blurb from the EA.
Thursday 5 March 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM
“Would anyone in your community notice if your church ceased to exist?” the Evangelical Alliance is asking at the launch of its new initiative Square Mile.
“Square Mile is a powerful resource to equip the whole church and take the whole gospel to the whole world,” said Mr Westlake. The initiative includes a website and a small group course. The website will act as a hub, profiling mission resources, stories and networks in each of the MILE categories, across the spectrum of evangelicalism.
The DVD-based course, designed for small groups, aims to inspire grassroots church members and give them the means to make a difference at home, church or work. Each course session involves Scripture, deciphered in the home group and by theological experts, including Bishop of Durham Tom Wright, Elaine Storkey and Tim Keller, to provide the rationale for engaging in each of the four areas. There are also stories about Christians having an impact on their communities around the
“I’m always excited when I hear that people are getting together in local churches to talk about how they can make a difference in the wider community,” said Bishop Wright.
“This particular project is straightforward enough to be easily comprehensible but has enough depth to take people from where they are and go somewhere quite a good deal further. It will be an excellent resource for the local church and the local community to be God’s people in tomorrow’s world. I’m very happy to commend this whole project and to take part in it.”
The course is complemented by a personal journal that participants can use in their own time. Its chapters follow the MILE pattern and allow individuals to reflect on what God might be calling them to do in their communities. “We are called as followers of Christ to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly,” said Mr Hughes. “By getting involved with Square Mile, we can begin to live out that call effectively.”
For more information please visit the Square Mile website at www.eauk.org/squaremile. (published 5 March)