Rediscovering Anabaptism: Mission

Wally Fahrer, former Mennonite pastor and now a counsellor, notes that Catholics and Protestants alike in the 16th century assumed Europe was Christian.

Stuart Murray Williams, founder member and chair of the Anabaptist Network and director of Urban Expression, explains that the Anabaptists dissented from this widely held view and said that Europe was not Christian. He talks about the evangelistic stance and priorities of the church he planted in East London and argues that post-Christendom requires a new perspective on evangelism. This will mean a ‘journey’ paradigm and a longer process of conversion.

Adrian Chatfield, Anglican minister and tutor at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, explains that Anabaptists did not have a worked-out theology of mission but were so in love with Jesus that they could not help talking about him.

Nelson Kraybill, former director of the London Mennonite Centre and founder member of the Anabaptist Network, reflects on the churches in England finds most hopeful those churches that evangelise as well as living good lives.

Alan Kreider, former Mennonite missionary in England and founder member of the Anabaptist Network, acknowledges why many people reject Christianity as passé and argues that words must be backed up by fascinating and attractive models of community.

Anne Wilkinson-Hayes, Baptist minister currently working in Australia, insists that in a culture of many alternative spiritualities, Christian spirituality must be experienced as fruitful and must be linked with peaceful and just daily living.

Graham Watkins, Baptist minister in West London, remembers the impact of distinctive lives on his own conversion.