Ahead of the Church Army Discovery Day tomorrow, discover a little bit about the work of the Church Army and hear from members of the community on how Church Army has supported their calling.
What is the Church Army?
Church Army's vision: Our vision is for everyone everywhere to encounter God's love, and be empowered to transform their communities through faith shared in words and action.
We put our vision in place through following our DARE strategy. DARE has four objectives that underpin our work:
About the Liverpool Centre of Mission
Liverpool Centre of Mission is a strategic partnership between the Diocese of Liverpool and Church Army. It was established in November 2017 and is staffed by Lead Evangelist Paul Smith and Pioneer evangelist Cherith Withington.
The Centre of Mission is located in Norris Green, Liverpool. It is currently involved in ministry to two community primary schools, a weekly food bank, parents & children's outreach, leading worship in a local community centre, development of ecumenical worship, supporting people living with mental health issues, men's outreach through football, one to one support for vulnerable adults and the development of a community garden and prayer spaces.
Letâ€™s hear it from the Church Army community themselves
“Being a Coventated Evangelist in the Church Army Mission Community affirms the evangelistic part of my priestly ministry and the calling I have to those who struggle emotionally or economically. The Church Army supports me as I try to make those words of Jesus, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”, a reality for those with whom I share the good news.”
Anne-Marie – ordained Coventated Evangelist
“I joined the Church Army Mission Community as a pioneer evangelist in January 2019. I was attracted to, and inspired by, a community that exists to share the love of God in a bold and innovative way. Radical evangelism has to be underpinned by radical values and Church Army champions both. I have chosen to explore the commissioned pathway because I want to be committed to a community that clearly puts faith into action.”
Alan King – Co-Worker Pathway applying to train
“Since 1995, when my husband Andrew started training, I have felt part of Church Army, and worked alongside Andrew in his ministry. In 2016, I officially joined the Mission Community as a co-worker. This has given me a recognised role and offers me prayerful support for my own ministry with children and families, mental health chaplaincy, and in continuing to support Andrew in training evangelists across the diocese.”
Gemma Payne – Co-Worker Pathway
“Having been a supporter of Church Army for many years, when asked to become a Companion of the Community I felt very humbled. I had been a member of the Church Army Fellowship in the past. By using the daily office each day, attending “Gatherings” for prayer and fellowship have always enrich my spiritual life and enabled me to support Church Army work in prayer.”
Gloria Richards – Companion Pathway