Evangelism

Evangelism

The Evangelism Commission of the Diocese of Olympia is dedicated to providing resources to congregations in the following areas:

•    Congregational identity: Identifying and deepening a unique congregational identity within an Episcopal ethos so that congregants can articulate this for themselves and for others
•    Speaking of God: Exploring how congregants can better speak about God and their experience of their Episcopal Church both within and outside the walls of the church
•    Inviting: Getting the word out or encouraging the word-of-mouth that naturally flows from a congregation that is healthy and vibrant. What we do to attract newcomers and long-timers to congregational life.
•    Greeting: The welcome we offer once someone crosses our threshold or even before a newcomer crosses our threshold.
•    Orienting: Helping newcomers get a bead on our congregation. The first round of inclusion. Moving from disorientation to some initial sense of connection and understanding.
•    Innovation: New and unusual ways (that may be grounded in ancient practices) that provide a path to God and potentially to the Episcopal Church.

The Commission does its work through: A yearly evangelism conference, the sponsorship of two annual awards: The Bishop’s Preaching Award and The Evangelism Commission Website Award, an Anonymous Visitor program and a host of on-line resources for use by congregations on the Commission’s website.

For more information, go to the Commission’s website: www.olympiaevangelism.org