Back to Church Sunday
Back to Church Sunday (BTCS) is the single largest local-church invitational initiative in the world. It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism--we invite someone we already know to our church. While the initial focus was to invite ‘back’ those who used to attend church, others who do not attend can also be invited, gently encouraged and warmly welcomed. Since 2011, GtC has been supporting and promoting this initiative. For 2017, the international BTCS date is 15 September, but you can also choose another date that is more convenient or better suited for your parish. Regardless of when you decide to hold your BTCS, we have provided the following helpful resources to help you plan:
In addition, you may want to consider rolling out your Back to Church Sunday as a "Season of Invitation," where you invite people to five invitational services, as research has shown that people are more likely to come to church and to keep coming if they are invited several times. The "five seasons" many churches in the northern hemisphere use are the following:
- Back to Church Sunday--September
- Remembrance (All Saints Day)--November
- Advent--early December
Please visit the international Back to Church Sunday website for more details and resources, and please contextual for your environment.
Provincial Synod's Resolutions Affecting GtC
Provincial Synod 2016 passed four resolutions affecting Growing the Church. They are
- to establish GtC teams in each diocese
- to provide resources and training for the Province's 'Decade of Intentional Discipleship and Discipleship-Making'
- to encourage every diocese, parish and organisation within ACSA to register with and to use MyAnglican for their electronic church management system
- for GtC to continue to represent ACSA on the Ecumenical Fresh Expressions Structures in Southern Africa
Click here to read all of the motions.
International Anglicans Ablaze Conference: 5-8 October 2016
Please visit the Anglicans Ablaze website for updates.
GtC's Trevor Pearce Named to Serve on Task Team to Look at Intentional Discipleship for the Anglican Communion
All of us at GtC are excited about Trevor’s appointment and pray for blessings on the team’s endeavours. To find out more, please check out Trevor’s article "A Communion-wide Journey of Intentional Discipleship."
Western Cape Anglicans Ablaze 2015
To read several of the plenary and workshop talks, please visit www.anglicansablaze.org/talks.
Anglicans Ablaze 2014 DVD's and Study Guide
Did you enjoy Anglicans Ablaze 2014? Then order the conference DVD's and watch your favourite talks again! Or if you wish you had attended the conference, you can now watch the plenaries and workshops and be set ablazed! The 16-disc DVD set costs R350 plus R30 for secure postage. Email or call Michael Künz to order the DVD's. + 27 21 763 1315.
Use the FREE DVD study guide to watch the talks together as a parish or small group, and pray together about how God is prompting you to move forward.