The Engage 2015 campaign has gained strength and momentum by securing backing from key UK denominational ambassadors. The Engage 2015 team has invested a considerable amount of time and energy promoting their materials to churches around the country by conducting tours and attending a number of festivals. During their travels they have been able to link up with denominational leaders to explain how engage can help churches engage with their local communities alongside the Rugby World Cup tournament.
Salvation Army Commissioner Clive T Adams says, ‘I am excited about the Engage 2015 campaign, because, yet again, two of my passions become intertwined – my love for the Lord and my love for sport. Sport is a wonderful means of establishing relationships, and can be a means to transforming lives and communities. Engaging in the Rugby World Cup is a wonderful example of the local church modelling integrated mission, creating opportunities to make disciples, and thereby effectively fulfilling the Great Commission.’
From the Baptist Union, Head of Baptists Together, Lynn Green says: ‘I am glad to hear that the Rugby World Cup is in the UK this year, and I want to commend the Engage 2015 campaign as a way that churches can be part of forming a strong foundation to build legacy for sport and the gospel throughout the UK. This is something we want to be part of!’
In support of Engage 2015 Catholic Cardinal Vincent Nicholas says, ‘Let’s bind together and heave away to get this campaign really moving. Engage 2015 can make a real difference to the Rugby World Cup 2015. Let’s play our part!’
The Church of England’s Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood & Minister for Sport says, ‘It is a real privilege to endorse and encourage the ministry of Engage in this year of the Rugby World Cup. I want to encourage our parish churches to pray passionately and get involved personally in the initiatives of Engage, and I pray that through this ministry the name of Jesus will be lifted high.’
Rev John Glass, General Superintendent of the Elim Pentecostal Church and Chairman of the Evangelical Alliance says, ‘Engage 2015 is an exciting initiative that not only highlights the important contribution that players with a Christian faith continue to make to world of sport but also creates a platform from which those within the local church can share their faith with others. I fully endorse its aims and objectives.’
Engage is most grateful for the endorsements from these leaders and looks forward to supporting churches as they reach out to their communities in the coming months.