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VTS announces new book from Professor Patricia Lyons


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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ALEXANDRIA,VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the publication of What Is Evangelism? A Little Book of Guidance (Church Publishing, Inc., 2019) authored by the Rev. Patricia M. Lyons, Ph.D., professor and Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism Initiatives at VTS.
"Tricia Lyons is quite brilliant," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. "The writing is elegant. The argument is sound. The vision is of a Church bringing Christ to a hurting world. Read it and act on it."
In What Is Evangelism? Lyons offers an engaging, entertaining, faithful, and contagious Episcopal vision for sharing the Christian faith as a way to go deeper in our own relationship with God. Readers will find a strong and uplifting argument that the Episcopal Church's theology, sacramental ministry, and commitment to justice social have an essential role to play in mainline Christianity and in the public square. Here is a blueprint for evangelism in today's world for every follower of Jesus.

Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church says, “Written through the lens of what evangelism means in the 21st century, this book is both deeply rooted in both the Anglican/Episcopal tradition and Lyons’ infectious love for Jesus. The result is accessible, encouraging, and meaningful with real-life applications for every reader. What is Evangelism? reminds us that the first step in sharing the Good News is listening, and I can think of no better place to begin that practice than with this book.”
Lyons teaches and serves as Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism Initiatives at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is a member of the presiding bishop’s cabinet on evangelism and the working group for the “Way of Love” curricular and support resources. An honors graduate from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of Religion, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, and received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary.
What Is Evangelism? A Little Book of Guidance can be ordered from the publisher here and from Amazon here.

Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.
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