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New website looks to equip Christians to share faith

The Evangelical Alliance says it wants to inspire the Church to tell their stories.

Through the website greatcommission.co.uk, the organisation will upload new videos of people explaining how they came to faith along with Christians who've seen lives changed.

Speaking about his hopes for the site, Gavin Calver from the EA said: "The idea is to help strengthen the muscles of churches and individual Christians to reach people.

"We want to establish a greater confidence in the gospel. We want to help people know how and we want to help people know where to go to find the resources, support and assistance needed to reach people more effectively."

There's a wider push within the UK Church for a refocus on evangelism.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has made it one of his key priorities and earlier this year launched the Thy Kingdom Come campaign to encourage people to share their faith and pray for people sharing their faith.

Of non-Christians living in England who say they know a Christian, four in ten say they have never had a conversation about Jesus with that person.

There have also been concerns from some Christians that public evangelism is getting much tougher in an increasingly hostile country.

Some would point to the arrests of numerous street evangelists over the past few years.

While recognising the concerns, Gavin Calver's keen that Christians don't look for reasons to avoid sharing their faith.

"It's still easier than just about every other country in the world," he said.

"It depends in which way you look at it - in the UK, we've had a lot of power connected to church and perhaps we're losing some of that.

"But within this site we've developed a resource which is a reminder to all Christians of their rights and freedoms for the gospel in this country.

"Though the pressure may be going up slightly, we still have just about more gospel freedoms than anywhere in the world and we want to make the most of those so long as we have them."

Listen to Gavin Calver speaking to Premier's Marcus Jones:

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