The Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada Recommends John Bowen's 'From Visitor to Disciple"
Thursday September 9th, 2010
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has recommended Professor John Bowen's booklet From Visitor to Disciple in the Anglican Journal.
The booklet is published by the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College and it explores how people are helped to take steps from first attending church to becoming active disciples of Jesus. The Primate goes on to say:
"John calls us to think about how we welcome people who are coming through the doors for the first time and those who are returning after years of “being away.” The questions he calls us to ponder range from practical matters such as signage and parking to spiritual matters such as how we talk about our faith. He takes us inside the liturgy and explores the extent to which people can fully participate. He moves us into the coffee hour and explores how we show genuine hospitality. He raises questions about follow-up. Who does it and in what ways? He challenges us to think about our reputation in our neighbourhood."