Archbishop Justin tells Pope Francis Pilgrim Course is a new "means of evangelism"

Monday, June 16, 2014

In his address to Pope Francis during their meeting in Rome on 16 June, Archbishop Justin Welby identified the Pilgrim Course as a new tool for the Church of England in "the joyful task of leading people to know Jesus Christ".

Noting his own personal reasons for being grateful for the work of the Alpha Course, Archbishop Justin told the Pope: "We continue to develop many other means of evangelism, most recently the Pilgrim Course".

Archbishop Justin also told Pope Francis:

"Your Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudiam was inspirational for all Christians. The task of making disciples is of compelling urgency so that the light of Christ may shine into every corner of the world."

Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey was the first course for nurture and discipleship to be commissioned by the Church of England's House of Bishops. 

In their Foreword to the series, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York describe Pilgrim as being "offered to the parishes and communities of the Church of England that we might take more seriously the Great Commission to make new disciples, and build in each of our parishes a place where people can come to know Christ and follow in the way of faith".


Read the full text of Archbishop Justin's address


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