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1. Evangelism Handbook Introduction

Ministry Partners

Toronto Diocese SymbolThis "Evangelism Handbook" is a resource for the aspiring evangelist and the faithful Christian alike. It is the product of many years of ministry and experience in the Church Army in Great Britain and then Canada. It results from a calling in the words of Saint Paul in Philemon 1.6, "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." I initially wrote this book from a practical perspective and published it in 1982. It has since been revised and added to the internet at www.tellout.com. I wrote it in the belief that most Christian leaders are ready to slide over and take into the driving seat new partners in ministry. My plea is that this book may help them shift out of passive neutralism into positive activism in their ministry for their Master. I pray for the revival of Christian evangelist ministry in the local setting so that all denominational churches will grow to God's glory and will exalt Jesus' name in our midst. My prayer is also that God will use this website and "The Evangelism Handbook" to help ordinary Christian folk see their ministry's full potential. I desire that they become active in working, giving, and speaking for their Savior.

Christian Engineer Evangelist

Engineer's SealHave you ever been embarrassed by one of those official forms when you cannot fit all the information into the space given? I have this problem whenever someone asks me about my education since school. There is just too much to list in the space provided. I remember being interviewed by a selection panel at Church Army and being asked by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Coggan, why I wanted to join the Church Army. I had too many paper qualifications to his mind, but God wanted me to "do the work of an evangelist." He gladly approved! God has blessed me over the years with the opportunity to develop four quite different professions. As a professional civil and structural design engineer, as a Church Army Evangelist in the Anglican Church, as an ordained Anglican clergyman in the Diocese of Toronto in Canada, and as the webmaster of the www.tellout.com website. The struggle to learn how to code has extended my mind to a digital generation.


UK Church Army EmblemEach of these occupations has taught me different lessons about human nature. Being a secular Christian engineer has taught me precision and order, compassion, and Christian ethics. My work as a Christian evangelist has helped me understand people, their various philosophies, and attitudes to life. These callings have urged me to reach out and offer folks the best in life, which is to follow the Christian path. Like Paul and his tent-making, God has given me some unique opportunities to apply principles from one career into another.

Itinerant Evangelists

Ray TaylorThe Rev Captain Ron Meacock is a Christian engineer evangelist in the Church Army and ordained Anglican minister in the Canadian Church. This book is an introduction to his life and work. Captain Ray Taylor, former Director of the Church Army in Canada, wrote in 1982, " 'The Evangelism Handbook' introduces the condensed experience of one who has a call from God to 'seek and save the lost.'" This paperback book will appeal to, perhaps even set on fire, those with the same conviction. Filled with personal anecdotes, object lessons for the church and humor, "The Evangelism Handbook" is designed to be a practical help to the local church and to encourage the church to grow both numerically and spiritually. It takes the Great Commission from Christ of Matthew 28 to seek and save the lost very seriously and to challenge every believer to reconsider the role of evangelism within their lives and within the church.

Evangelism Definitions

Jesus"Do the work of an Evangelist" was the theme of the first conference of 4,000 itinerant evangelists from across the world, held in Amsterdam, Holland, in June of 1983. Too often, the subject matter was the theology of evangelism, and the discussions were occupied with definitions of the words, "What is Evangelism?" Not since Canon Bryan Green's (1901-1993) excellent book, "The Practice of Evangelism," and Dr. James Kennedy's (1930-2007) "Evangelism Explosion" has such a helpful book appeared as Ron Meacock's "The Evangelism Handbook." It is full of illustrations and ideas for reaching outsiders for Christ and the Church. Our Lord's commission still stands, "Go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in." This Handbook is the result of twenty years of fruitful ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a valuable tool in the hands of concerned Christians who long to see people of every age group and in every stratum of society coming to know the Savior.

Captain Ray Taylor was the former National Director (1952-1989) of the Church Army in Canada.✞

"Evangelism Handbook Introduction"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2021

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