Our vision - "Life in all its fullness: locally and nationally"
Counties people (Evangelists) work locally - often in a county or alongside a church; several have a national brief. Some work with young people others among the marginalised or in education. It’s difficult to describe a typical Counties Evangelist as each develops a work that plays to their strength. However, sharing ‘life in all its fullness’ is the heartbeat of each Counties Evangelist.
Counties resources, which include exhibitions, publications and courses, equip individuals and churches to be more effective in their own faith sharing activities.
At present there are 27 Counties Evangelists along with a further 19 who, although over retirement age, are still actively involved in the work. Counties also provides training for potential Evangelists and have strong links with the ‘Church Planting Initiative’.
There is a small support team based in Westbury, Wiltshire.
Our Core Values
1. Dependency on God: We acknowledge our dependency on God, by faith.
2. Commitment to the Bible: We are committed to the truth of the Bible, affirming evangelical Christianity. We seek to be obedient to its teaching, evaluating our work and attitudes in its light.
3. A Focus on Evangelism: We are committed to the great commission (Matthew 28: 18 to 20) and the task of evangelism.
4. Believing Prayer: We believe that prayer is the basis of our work and underlies everything that we do.
5. Church Linked: We recognise the importance of local churches and seek to equip and support them in evangelism, providing appropriate resources.
6. Biblical Unity: We value the fact that we comprise Bible believing Christians from different churches seeking to work together in unity.
7. Achieving Excellence: We are committed to integrity, honesty, quality and professionalism, encouraging creativity and innovation in all that we do.
Counties began in 1899 when some saw the desperate need for the counties of Britain to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Consequently, for many years Counties Evangelists worked in villages and towns using ‘gospel’ caravans and tents as tools to proclaim the message. Summer tent missions were a regular part of Counties work through to the mid 1970s.
As society changed, so did methods. But the core task of communicating the Christian faith remains at the heart of all that Counties does.
Counties Evangelists continue to work locally and nationally throughout the UK. In recent years exhibitions and other resources have been created – all with the goal of presenting ‘life in all its fullness’ to an increasingly sophisticated but still needy nation.