A MAN with a big heart brought his UK tour to Crowthorne last month.
The Revd Chris Duffett, president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, shared his vision for Big Hearted evangelism with churches from across the Thames Valley at the workshop, held on Friday, July 13 at Crowthorne Baptist Church.
The Big Hearted Tour is designed to resource Christians to be big hearted in their workplaces, home, community and church and is based on his experiences with the Eastern Baptist Association.
During the morning event, he shared some of his street evangelism, which has included setting up a red carpet in a high street, so people could be treated as VIPs, and a maze where the prize at the centre was a box containing a mirror – emphasising that the person who had completed the maze was a special treasure.
Chris is also famous for standing in the streets offering free hugs, cakes and drinks to passers-by, often with amazing results.
“Today is about being big hearted enough so that others can hear [the Gospel],” Chris said.
The morning featured a mixture of practical workshops, training sessions and sharing creative ideas that churches can use in their own communities. There were also opportunities for people to pray.
More than 24 people came along for the session and a mixture of denominations were represented.
“You want confidence and find out how to get people to talk to you,” Chris said at the start of the session. “This isn’t about meeting a crazy street evangelist … this is about creating encounters with God and creating confidence.
“People said to me why do you do what you do? Well, I want you to have what I’ve got. Jesus is amazing – he’s the best. He’s the hope of people,” Chris added, explaining the ethos behind his ministry.
Chris’ tour continued with a youth-orientated celebration held at Woodley Baptist Church on Sunday, July 15.
v The Big Hearted Tour continues across Chris’ presidential year. For more details, log on to www.bighearted.org.uk.