Tell us what you think
A theological research survey on evangelism
This survey is conducted by Rev’d John Kuruvilla, a theological research student at St Mark’s National Theological Centre through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. Your responses will assist John in his research on evangelism within the Anglican context.
Should you have more questions regarding this survey, please contact John.
About the survey
This survey forms part of a research project by John P Kuruvilla for the Doctor of Ministry at Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology.
“The sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ has been considered as the paramount mission and ministry of the Christian Church for centuries. However, the ways in which it has been carried out in the past have changed due to opposing pressure from both within and without. It has often been alleged that the church in the late twentieth century is no longer a credible witness to the Good News of Christ. Among such varying opinions there is a serious polemic that Anglican Christians, in particular, have a considerable distaste towards evangelism — the sharing of Good News.
This project seeks to verify the claim above by exploring the lived ecclesial experiences of Anglicans in four separate Anglican dioceses, to find out whether the endemic issue of declining church attendance has something to do with such a perceived distaste. In doing so, I want to explore how theology and sociological changes impinge on this most important ministry area of the Church. The research is expected to throw light on the need for congruence between theology and praxis. In this study, I want to explore whether a perceived distaste toward evangelism is a matter of the content of the message or over its mediation. While admitting the fact that this distaste may be a global phenomenon, this contextual case study aims to add more knowledge, which in turn may assist Anglicans in dealing with similar issues elsewhere.”