Making evangelism easier: newly launched web resource
Revd Ben Aldous, Principal Officer for Evangelism and Mission here at CTE, shares about an exciting new website which provides comprehensive answers to questions about the Christian faith, and gives visitors the opportunity to ask their own questions to a real-life Christian...
New site seeks to answer people’s questions
One of the privileges of my role at CTE is supporting and encouraging the work of the Christian Enquiry Agency (CEA) as a Trustee.
This week, on Tuesday 11th February 2020, I spent time at the House of Lords with 50 others from across the ecumenical landscape, celebrating the launch of CEA’s website www.Christianity.org.uk.
This website is the go-to place to find answers about the Christian faith from a non-partisan perspective, and visitors to the site can engage in meaningful conversations online with a real Christian using the conversation feature.
The site also contains content about many aspects of the Christian faith, beautiful imagery, specially commissioned artwork, and up-to-date answers to the kinds of questions about spirituality and identity that people are asking.
CEA has been running since the late 1980s, with a wide range of denominations supporting the charity. Over the last few years the CEA team have been re-imagining their primary tool, www.Christianity.org.uk, seeking to make the easiest evangelism? even easier? than ever. And, what’s more, the site is completely free to link to from church websites and materials.
There are so many encouraging stories of people through the years who have been helped in their journey towards God through an online conversation with someone in the CEA team. We allow people to take the lead and ask the questions they really want to. Some conversations have gone on for years! In a post-Christendom world, where people are increasingly hesitant to walk through the door of a church, this allows them the chance to be in contact with Christians in a virtual but very meaningful way.
It was good to see people from all sorts of churches and charities gathered at the launch, as comedian Andy Kind introduced the site and regaled us with stories. Baroness Maeve Sherlock graciously hosted us, and we had the opportunity to see the website in action.
Dr. Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, says:
“The questions that people search for online change over time. According to Google Trends, searches such as ‘who am I?’, ‘purpose’, ‘gender’ and ‘mental health’ have all increased in the UK in the past 10 years. The website www. Christianity.org.uk is aiming to bring God’s hope to a space on the internet that is currently populated with mostly secular answers."
Often, in times of desperation, people will type “God help me” into a search engine. The Christianity website has particular sections which deal with the type of questions people maybe asking.
The easiest evangelism ever
CEA are offering this website as a gift to the wider Church.
Why not use it on the bottom of your church or Churches Together website, or on your church or organisation’s literature?
In a world where Google search can bring up increasingly weird or ‘fake’ news, this website offers a vast array of articles that are well written and researched and help people navigate the big questions of faith, introducing people to the person and story of Jesus.
So why not take a look yourself, let other Christians know about this resource, and also share the site with those you know who might have questions about faith which you’re not sure you could answer.
Visit the site at www.Christianity.org.uk
Visit their web page ‘Use our URL’ to find out how to embed a link to the website on your site.