I’d like to make you feel comfortable, that’s why I want to talk to you about Jesus…

have-you-found-jesusA report has been published about evangelism that will be discussed by the General Synod of the Church of England shortly called ‘Talking Jesus‘. It has resulted in a number of surprising headlines including:

‘We need to talk about Jesus’ – cue cringing embarrassment – Andrew Brown in the Guardian

Talking about Christianity could just put people off – Church of England signals – The Telegraph

Don’t preach, Church tells Christians: Research suggests those who talk about beliefs are more likely to put friends and colleagues off God than turn them to faith – The Daily Mail

For a summary of the findings of the report, watch the first 30 seconds of this:

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Lord Carey to offer training course for retired clergy

ImageLord Carey of Clifton today launched a course for retired senior clergy of all denominations. The scheme is aimed at recently retired Pontiffs, Metropolitans and Archbishops and offers advice from Carey’s long experience as a retired Archbishop.

Modules include:

Changing the narrative – how to get the nation talking about things you liked to get them talking about when you were in charge, ideally just as your successor has got them noticing core Gospel issues

Distraction from mission – how to get people to focus on sex, money and divisions in the church

Helping the media – how to be available at a moment’s notice to speak to an agenda set by the Daily Mail and the Today programme

How to be easily misquoted – devising soundbites which convert into a controversial headline which doesn’t reflect what you imagined you’d said

Meanwhile, the rest of the Church of England had other anxieties as they tried to get the media interested in the poor and vulnerable in the UK who were about to lose benefits, homes and hope on Easter Monday, and held in their thoughts and prayers all those who were suffering and dying all around the world for their sexuality, their political opinions and their faith over the Easter weekend.