Evangelism is the spiritual practice of seeking, naming, and celebrating Jesus' loving presence in the stories of all people -- and sharing that practice with others. Evangelism is not a burden or a chore. It is the great gift of being able to give and receive grace and hope and truth from everyone we meet. It is God reaching right down into our lives to find us and help us find each other.
The goal of community listening is to create a mutual community ministry. The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice has put together information on this topic and is available to lead workshops to help you develop community listening strategies for your congregation.
- Download highlighted information about community listening.
- Watch a recording of the Feb. '21 community listening workshop.
Evangelism with Integrity
How do we practice evangelism with spiritual integrity, out of our values and identity? We build spiritual intimacy with one another. We go to the deep places of life and explore how we find and struggle to find God there.
The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice leads our evangelism and discipleship development initiatives for the diocese. Canon Whitney offers educational and spiritual programs throughout the year and has authored a six-part video curriculum "Evangelism with Integrity," which is available for all to use:
- Why You Think You Don't Like Evangelism
- Questioning Evangelism
- The Motivation Trap
- Do Not Be Afraid: Evangelists Vs. Fear
- Depth Leads to Invitation
- Evangelists Are Born In Crisis
Download the study guide for Evangelism with Integrity.
Requiem or Renaissance
For many congregations and communities in the Diocese of Missouri there is a tension between the church of the past and church of the future. Requiem or Renaissance is intended to be an invitational gathering of congregational leaders to begin a discussion about the future into which God is calling the Church.
Congregational leaders are invited to be a part of these conversations with the Rev. Canon Whitney Rice. Watch our diocesan announcements to find the next gathering.
Watch a video introduction to the program:
Additional Evangelism programs from the Episcopal Church