In the first of a regular series, we filmed an interview with Rev Cris Rogers at his church, All Hallows Bow in east London.
Watch Cris's answers to questions like 'how do you prepare?', 'do you need a theology degree to be a good preacher?' and 'do you need to be a good public speaker?'
A Talk given at the World Bank during
“A Christian and Muslim Dialogue on Creation Care”
Sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals
and the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, D.C.
June 18-20, 2008
Christian-Muslim relations comprise one of the momentous challenges of the 21st
century. 1 The relationship between Christians and Muslims is supercharged by the “war
on terror,” and exacerbated by the fact that western countries are perceived as “Christian”
by many Muslims. On top of this, both Christianity and Islam are missionary religions,
committed to sharing their faith with all peoples.
How then can followers of Christ be agents of peace and respectfully bear witness to their
faith in a polarized and globalized world?
Over the last ten years there has been an explosion of mission activity in
the UK. Churches, organisations, networks and individual Christians are
engaging with their communities more than ever before. We are
learning again the importance of seeing everything we say and do as
part of our worship to God and witness for Him.
With the increase of this integral and holistic approach to mission there
have also come challenges. These challenges revolve around deeper issues of
partnership, trust and collaboration. This report is a call to explore these things together.
The challenges it raises are opportunities for the Christian community to stand together to
serve those who are on the edges of our society.
what might happen if we really believed in God’s
power to transform people’s lives?
what might happen if we were gripped with joy and
gratitude by the difference Christ’s love has made to
what might happen if we looked around at the
people we spend our days with and asked God:
how do you want me to be good news to these
what might happen if we rediscovered our
resources in Christ and learned to be
channels of lavish blessing to our fellow
citizens, wherever we meet them?
what might happen if we created
Christian communities where people
were safe to be who they are, and
encouraged to become all that they
To complete the Great Commission is what we are all working for. But no one in AD 2000 is bold enough to
say for sure just what is implied by the completion of the Great Commission.
Since the Great Commission is not an idea that is specific enough to make into a measurable goal the AD 2000
Movement has wisely chosen a purpose statement which is eminently measurable—A Church for Every People and
the Gospel for Every Person. –as if you can get the Gospel to every person without planting a church movement
which is meaningful to every person.
Show me a denomination in decline and I will show you a denomination without a
church planting vision. Show me a country where the Christian population is
stagnant or in decline and I will show you the denominations within it, with no church
planting vision. It stands to reason. Yet, there are now numerous countries that
show major evangelical growth since the denominations and church groups settled
on a specific national church planting goal. In every
continent of the world there are church planting movements breaking through the
barriers of evil resistance, bringing the glory of the Lord, the incarnate presence of
Christ into their communities.
From every corner of the globe the reports are coming
in. Only a few at first, but now more and more frequently,
reinforcing one another with their startling accounts of
hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands coming to
faith in Christ, forming into churches and spreading their