Nationwide Initiative on Evangelism (NIE)

Scope and Content

This contains the papers of the NIE and these include files relating to the various predecessor influences which led up to its foundation, the minutes of its committees and working parties, papers relating to the 1980 Assembly There are also correspondence files with the Counties and London Boroughs as well as the denominations and organisations involved with the NIE.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1976 the BCC DEA Board discussed a proposal which was to be presented to the BCC Assembly concerning a national effort in evangelism. In 1977, the BCC Assembly by a narrow vote commended this NIE to the churches. The initiative which had now become known as a Nationwide Initiative in Evangelism and was to stimulate rather than organise local evangelism was to cover all four nations and apparently also fitted in with the Methodist world-wide call to evangelsim, which was happening at that time. The DEA felt that an Assembly which was to be convened in 1980 would produce fresh evidence that it was appropriate to have an additional organisation for stimulating evangelism. In fact this was the beginning of the process which led to the winding up of the NIE in 1982. The NIE's functions were then taken over by the BCC's Standing Committee on Evangelism, which later became the Evangelism Committee.


This has been arranged as follows:

NIE/1/1 - Deeds of Covenant

NIE/2/1 - NIE Council of Reference

NIE/2/2 - NIE Initiative Council

NIE/2/3 - NIE Initiative Committee

NIE/7/1 - Files re predecessor influences

NIE/7/2 - NIE Nottingham Assembly

NIE/7/3 - NIE dealings with Wales, Scotland and Ireland

NIE/7/4 - Contact and support

NIE/7/5 - Re the winding up and evaluaton of NIE

NIE/7/6 - Working Groups

NIE/7/7 - Projects

NIE/7/8 - Standard letters and circulars

NIE/9/1 - Correspondence re the work of the IC/COR

NIE/9/2 - Correspondence with the Counties

NIE/9/3 - Correspondence with the London Boroughs

NIE/9/4 - Correspondence with denominations

NIE/9/5 - Correspondence with organisations

NIE/10/1 - Literature and publicity

NIE/10/2 - Histories

NIE/10/3 - Copies of press releases

NIE/12/1 - Scrapbook of press-cuttings

NIE/12/2 - Photographs of members of IC

NIE/13/1 - Tapes of Nottnigham Assembly

NIE/13/2 - Taped interviews of those involved

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