AQA GCSE “Evangelism is not effective, as seen in the decline of Church attendance globally.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)

Colour Code:

  • Blue – Your argument 
  • Red – Argument against 
  • Purple – Response

A key teaching known as the “Great Commission” states “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, evangelism involves spreading the Christian message through the gospel or by personal witness from individual believers.

On the one hand, this can be contested by the growth of Christian churches in the continents of Asia and Africa. An example of this growth is the work of “Christ for all Nations” who host large events across Africa which can attract over 1 million people. Since their inception, Christ for all Nations claim to have converted over 70 million people in Africa. If this is the case, it is hard to argue that evangelism is not effective.

On the other hand, evangelism is not as effective when Christians have to compete with other world-views which have started to reject religion. In the UK recent polls have suggested for the first time, people who have declared themselves to have no religion have become the majority. This might imply the Christian message is just not as relevant or appealing to many people in modern Britain. Christian evangelism might be at risk of being drowned out by a humanist perspective which promotes good values but does not require worship of a God.

Conversely, just because Church attendance has declined does not necessarily tell us about how many people still be believe in God. Many believers could simply have a personal faith where they connect to God through prayer. The gospel of Matthew teaches “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” It would be reasonable, as result, to not see Church attendance as the most important aspect and that people could still be hearing the message from missionaries who spread the gospel.

In conclusion, it is not really possible to judge the success of evangelism on church attendance worldwide; similarly the work being done in Africa suggests the Christian message is alive and well.

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