John Bowen


  • John Bowen

    John Bowen is an emeritus professor of evangelism at Wycliffe College, Toronto. His most recent book is The Unfolding Gospel: How the Good News Makes Sense of Discipleship, Church, Mission, and Everything Else (Fortress 2021). He is a member of St. John the Evangelist parish in Hamilton, Ont.

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Living as an apprentice in the Kingdom is essential to the Anglican life—even if it won’t save our church

Jesus’s last instruction to his apprentices is often known as the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples.”

But what if we translated that into the language of the trade school? “Go set up satellite campuses to train apprentices in the ways of the Kingdom.” Which of course is what they did, all around the world. We call them churches.Why are we encouraging this thing called discipleship? Because discipleship is the essence of the Christian life.

The four kinds of leader we need

Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes-not just one. And different situations call for different styles of leadership. So what types of leader does the church need right now?

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