SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & UK Archbishop Welby says “The best decision anyone can ever make is to be a follower of Jesus Christ”

Revolutionary love: Archbishop Justin’s lecture on evangelism.

A transcript and an introduction, 3/5/15.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has set out his vision for a Church in which every Christian shares “the revolutionary love” of Jesus Christ.

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“The best decision anyone can ever make is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.” Archbishop Justin Welby, Lambeth Palace, 5 March 2015. (Photo: Lambeth Palace)

The Archbishop was giving the inaugural Lambeth Lecture, a new series of talks which will feature guest speakers addressing key issues for the Church.

Video of the Archbishop’s lecture will be available shortly. The full text follows below.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Lecture:

I want to start by saying just two simple sentences about the church. First, the church exists to worship God in Jesus Christ.

Second, the Church exists to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. Everything else is decoration. Some of it may be very necessary, useful, or wonderful decoration – but it’s decoration.

When I talk about making disciples as we go through, of course I’m not only talking about words; I’m also talking about actions, and we’ll come back to that in a little while.

The best decision anyone can ever make, at any point in life, in any circumstances, whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever they are, is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. There is no better decision for a human being in this life, any human being…

Read more at … http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5515/revolutionary-love-archbishop-justins-lecture-on-evangelism

SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & Archbishop Welby: “The best decision anyone can ever make is to be a follower of Jesus Christ”

By Adrian Hilton, 3/6/15.

In January, Tim Montgomerie, writing in the Times, vented his frustration with the Archbishop of Canterbury:

I remain hopeful that Justin Welby, a “graduate” of HTB and its famous Alpha course, might oversee a renewal of the whole Church of England but I’m increasingly worried about his early focus… We’ve heard his views on banking reform, Wonga, food banks, energy companies and welfare reform but where is his big intervention on the miraculous nature of Jesus Christ?

… The thing is, if you spend time listening to Justin Welby, he just can’t help himself. No matter what the topic of conversation, he will quite naturally bring Jesus into it sooner or later. This is a man genuinely obsessed with his faith to the point of overflowing. Anyone who thinks he doesn’t talk about it enough either hasn’t heard him speak at any great length or has only observed him through the media, which loves to pick up on any of his comments that might be perceived as bashing Wonga/bankers/Ian Duncan Smith whilst generally losing interest once God gets a mention.

It really shouldn’t be a surprise that, on becoming Archbishop of Canterbury two years ago, he announced his three priorities as:

  • Prayer and the renewal of the religious life.
  • Reconciliation
  • Evangelism and witness…

Read more at … http://archbishopcranmer.com/welby-the-best-decision-anyone-can-ever-make-is-to-be-a-follower-of-jesus-christ/

MANAGEMENT & Renowned theologian Archbishop of Canterbury sends bishops to business school for more education #WesleySem

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “About 10 years ago the current president of Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. David Wright, asked me to put together a book in which business school professors would adapt their subject matter for church leaders. I recruited some of the best professors teaching in our IWU MBA program and asked them, ‘Write a chapter about what church leaders need to know about your subject.’ The result was two books. The Church Leaders’ MBA: What business professors wish church leaders knew about management was published by Ohio Christian University Press. And, Foundations of Church Administration was published by Beacon Hill publishers. Read this article about how in England the Archbishop of Canterbury also realizes that pastors are weak in management and is now encouraging them to take similar training. It should be no surprise that the first course chosen by Dr. Wright for our IWU Masters of Arts in (Ministry) Leadership was nonprofit management.”

Business school bishops,
by C. S-W, The Economist Magazine, Jan 21st 2015,

The Church of England encourages its clergy to get some management education

JUSTIN WELBY (pictured), the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a renowned theologian. But the head of the Church of England is not your ordinary church chief; he has brought extraordinary changes to the way his clergy manage their worshippers. At first glance, the archbishop’s curriculum vitae might appear to focus more on things pecuniary than pious. He spent over a decade working in the oil industry, half at the executive level. Though Mr Welby does not hold an MBA, he believes that there are benefits to bringing boardroom practices into religion, and as such supports a proposal to send 36 bishops and deans on a mini-MBA course run by INSEAD, that will begin in April…

Sending bishops to business school will kickstart a ‘culture change for the leadership of the church,’ the report says.

Read more at … http://www.economist.com/whichmba/business-school-bishops