Evangelists return to Cliff College!
Cliff College has appointed Tom Donoghue as Cliff Evangelist and Ali Johnson as Cliff Digital Evangelist, taking up their new roles in July 2018.
Cliff has had Evangelists as members of its staff team in the past and is returning to that model as it focuses on equipping the church for evangelism and mission.
Tom is currently the Family and Children’s worker at Loughton Methodist Church. He brings a wide range of experience of evangelism in the church through a range of opportunities including a busy Messy Church, focussed worship and involvement in mission both in the UK and abroad.
Ali is currently Associate Pastor at SwanBank Methodist Church. He was a key member of the team that led the Natwivity and EasterLIVE social media campaigns and, more recently, developed the digital content of the Mothertown Passion, a modern day passion play in Stoke-on-Trent.
The appointment of two evangelists comes alongside the launch of ‘The Cliff Year’, a gap year for 18-29 year olds focusing on evangelism, mission and vocation. This also returns to one of the College’s traditional models of enabling individuals to explore their discipleship and vocation through becoming part of the Cliff Community for a year.
The Methodist Church is in the process of appointing a Director of Evangelism and Growth, who will lead a team of evangelism and discipleship officers, and the two Cliff Evangelists will work in collaboration with this team.
Jude Levermore, Head of Discipleship & Ministries in the Methodist Church’s Connexional Team, said, ‘These are very exciting posts and reflect the Methodist Church’s renewed focus on Our Calling. I look forward to the great opportunities Tom and Ali will offer, working in collaboration with the connexional team, in encouraging churches to make more followers of Jesus Christ.’
Revd Ashley Cooper, Cliff College Principal, said, ‘I am very excited about the opportunities the appointment of Tom and Ali will bring to the College, particular in enabling the equipping of both individuals and churches in evangelism and mission. They both bring great experience of evangelism from their previous roles and are passionate about bringing people into a relationship with Jesus.’
Cliff College provides theological education, training and a range of other opportunities, with a particular focus on equipping the church in evangelism and mission, to both lay and ordained from a range of denominational backgrounds.
Cliff is one of two Centres of learning and development of the Methodist Church, working closely with the Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network.
Cliff’s motto, ‘Christ for all – all for Christ’, sums up the College’s mission, that is, continuing to train people from all walks of life and backgrounds to be better equipped for evangelism and mission, and the ministry to which God has called them.
More information about The Cliff Year can be found at cliffcollege.ac.uk/the-cliff-year-a-gap-year-opportunity
For more details please contact Revd Ashley Cooper, the College Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01246 584200.