What Is Evangelism?

Patricia M. Lyons

Nov/2019, 96 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640652125



Readers will find in this book a strong and uplifting argument that the Episcopal Church’s theology, sacramental ministry, and commitment to social justice have an essential role to play in mainline Christianity and in the public square. This book will help readers to understand that what it means to be an Episcopalian and how evangelism is a fruit of that identity, not a mere marketing strategy or an end in itself.

This book is an approachable and inspiring presentation of the theological rationale and resource for sharing the faith as well as an argument that sharing the faith increases our own. It addresses basic questions that are buzzing in the church today and lays out a series of stories from faith communities across the Episcopal Church, both physical and digital ministries. Proceeds from this book will go to Sandy Hook Promise, the non-profit organization doing the brave work of the Newtown Families Against Gun Violence.

Patricia Lyons serves as Missioner for Evangelism and Community Engagement for the Diocese of Washington. She is a member of the presiding bishop's cabinet on evangelism and the working group for the "Way of Love" curricular and support resources. An honors graduate from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of Religion, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, and received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches theology and evangelism. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

"Written through the lens of what evangelism means in the 21st century, this book is both deeply rooted in both the Anglican/Episcopal tradition and Lyons infectious love for Jesus. The result is accessible, encouraging, and meaningful with real-life applications for every reader. What is Evangelism? reminds us that the first step in sharing the Good News is listening, and I can think of no better place to begin that practice than with this book.” ––Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church

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