CCQ at St. John's Vancouver
Learn how St. John’s is equipping themselves for evangelism with this three-part strategy.
In ANiC, as a family of churches growing together in Christ, one of our top priorities is that we all become bold witnesses to the gospel; active and fruitful ambassadors for Christ, sharing his good news with this world that so desperately needs it.
At St. John’s Vancouver they developed a plan which they called CCQ. It involved meeting as a church one evening a week for four weeks and the goal was clear: “to become more intentional, prayerful, and articulate in our witness for Christ.”
What sparked it?
“How do Christians move forward in sharing our faith in this environment of fake news, bad news and a general mistrust of claims of truth?”
St. John’s identified in their part of the country two specific trends which they described as “a deep desire for spiritual authenticity and a deepening suspicion that the Christian faith has nothing to offer.“
To address these they launched CCQ and posed this question to their people: “How do Christians move forward in sharing our faith in this environment of fake news, bad news and a general mistrust of claims of truth?”
They paused their other events and small groups during these weeks to put all the focus on attending these four nights.
Their hope was “that during these weeks, we will become more intentional, prayerful, and articulate in our witness for Christ and an increased sense of our dependence on him for fruitfulness and faithfulness in his area.“
What does it include?
CCQ is an acronym for the three main components they incorporated into each evening:
Connecting with people in our lives
Content of the gospel
Questions people frequently ask when they hear we are Christians
Each evening involved a mix of teaching, testimonies and interactive table discussion.
The Connect section, led by Rev. Aaron Roberts, involved teaching and discussion on questions like:
What do you think is important to your non-Christian friends?
What opportunities does our culture afford us in sharing our faith?
The Content section, taught by Canon David Short, was teaching on the content of the gospel, breaking it down into four primary parts: Creation, Fall, Christ, Response.
The Questions section, led by Student Minister Tad Inboden, centred around apologetics, tackling some of the tough questions the world poses to us as Christians and teaching ways to respond.
we hope it may serve as inspiration and a useful tool for other ANiC churches
The leadership at St. John’s expressed real excitement for how the congregation engaged with the program and a strong desire to see even more participation and attendance in the future.
They recorded each of the four nights and, along with the handout materials, have made it all available on their website.
So, even if you weren’t able to be at the gatherings, or live somewhere else around the world, you can gain from the teaching and discussion. And we hope it may serve as inspiration and a useful tool for other ANiC churches looking for ways to equip their people in a similar way.
For more resources and articles on evangelism and being Bold Witnesses for Jesus go to our Bold Witnesses page.