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FFE Convenes Evangelism Summit

Board and staff leadership of The Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) will engage a select group of innovative Christian leaders in Atlanta, Ga. on January 30-31, 2017 to determine how the FFE may best support evangelistic efforts in the spirit of John Wesley.

“The Evangelism Summit is designed to help The Foundation for Evangelism effectively engage with our key constituencies, which include laity, local church pastors and younger generations, and to determine best practices for evaluating the impact of those partnerships,” said Dr. Larry Klemann, board chair.

The group of 11 United Methodist leaders and Christian innovators, experts who have effective evangelism ministries, were specifically selected for their areas of impact that match the FFE grant focus areas. The FFE identified ministries across the United States where metrics exist to document that lives are being transformed–places where the ideas leaders read about are no longer ideas, but ministry reality.

“We recognize that we are not the practitioners who can answer the key questions. These exceptional leaders can help FFE more clearly understand how evangelism succeeds today, what are needed improvements for the future, and where FFE can invest our grant funds to have the greatest possible impact,” Mrs. Mary Brooke Casad, task force leader and immediate past board chair, said.

“We spent a great deal of time locating ‘next generation leaders.’ We specifically invited folks who are catching the attention of today’s leaders, who in turn say to us, ‘you better keep your eye on that one –God is at work in that ministry!'” Casad said.

Through careful listening and guided discussion during the Evangelism Summit, the FFE leadership expects to inform its ongoing efforts to discern where God is calling The Foundation to engage, provide resources, and encourage efforts to address adaptive challenges in Wesleyan evangelism.

The following individuals/ministries will be participating in the summit:

  • Adolf Hanson, Theologian in Residence, St. Luke’s UMC Indianapolis,
  • Craig Robertson, Founder, Spiritual Leadership, Inc.,
  • Eric Lindh, National Executive Director, Project Transformation,
  • Heather Lear, Director of Evangelism Ministries, Discipleship Ministries of the UMC,
  • Kay Kotan, Founder, You Unlimited,
  • Olu Brown, Lead Pastor, Impact Church;
  • Scott Chrostek, Campus Pastor, RezDowntown, [The UMC of the Resurrection]
  • Tyler Best, Campus Minister, Pfrimmer’s Chapel UMC,
  • Owen Ross, Founding Pastor, Christ Foundry,
  • Rob Peabody, Co-Founder, Awaken,  and
  • Adam Weber, Founding Pastor, Embrace Church.

Headquartered in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, the FFE is an international grant-making foundation that promotes, encourages and provides resources to grow Wesleyan evangelism by bringing all people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Of particular interest are ministries impacting young people and the local church.

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Weber named Distinguished Evangelist of the UMC

Adam Weber 2016 Distinguished EvangelistThe Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) has announced that Rev. Adam Weber, lead pastor of Embrace church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award.

Given annually since 1989, FFE’s Distinguished Evangelist Award recognizes an exceptional leader–either clergy or laity–whose ministry transforms the lives of those they mentor and shepherd.

“Our goal is to create a platform from which exceptional, innovative United Methodist leaders can serve as role models to inspire others seeking new, impactful ways to approach evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley,” said FFE President Jane Boatwright Wood.

In nominating Weber for the award, Rev. Rebecca Trefz, director of ministries for the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, wrote: “[Adam] believes that everything we do–from hospitality, to small groups, to personal interactions–should be focused on reaching ‘the next person’ for Christ. But it isn’t simply about reaching them for personal salvation. It’s so their lives can be transformed so they can, in turn, bring light and hope into the world around them.”

Weber’s success building Embrace is well documented. Outreach magazine identified Embrace as one of the top 50 fastest growing churches in the U.S. in 2013, and Weber’s role in that growth is clear. Weber began meeting informally with Embrace members in 2006. After completing a Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2007, he was named pastor. During Weber’s decade of leadership, Embrace has grown to six campuses with more than 4,000 in weekly attendance.

“Beyond just what happens inside the walls of the church, Adam models an evangelistic faith in all of his life. He doesn’t preach or prescribe things to others that he isn’t doing for himself. Adam has a spirit of humility that acknowledges that he is a work in progress along with everyone else. It is this kind of leadership that makes others not only want to follow him as their pastor but also learn from him as a fellow disciple of Jesus Christ,” Trefz wrote in the nomination.

As Distinguished Evangelist, Weber will partner with FFE to achieve their shared vision of growing generations of Christ followers. Through participation in FFE’s international forums and platforms, such as its Evangelism Summit in Atlanta in January and the Leadership Institute (The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection) in Leawood, Kansas in September, Weber now will have the opportunity to reach a national audience.

The Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) exists to grow generations of Christ followers – clergy and laity – who are living out their passion for evangelism by inviting people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. FFE provides grants and other resources to support Wesleyan evangelism in the United States, Germany, Russia, and on the African continent in areas such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Known for the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism supported at 13 United Methodist and Wesleyan-tradition seminaries around the globe, FFE partners with local churches, seminaries, agencies and ministry innovators to address adaptive challenges impacting Wesleyan evangelism.

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Seeking Innovative Evangelists – Clergy and Lay

 

Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) invites exceptional, innovative leaders – both clergy and lay – working in a United Methodist Church setting to apply (or be nominated) for its 2016 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award.

Given annually since 1990, the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church Award is designed to recognize all who are called to be evangelists in the spirit of John Wesley – not just those who are called to be clergy.

To be considered for the award, the applicant should be known for the tangible ways in which their ministry transforms the lives of those they mentor and shepherd. The successful candidate will be a role model and inspiration for others who seek to embody FFE’s vision of growing generations of Christ followers in new and impactful ways.

The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church:

  1. Is an innovator.
  2. Practices evangelism in the Methodist or Wesleyan context in a United Methodist setting.
  3. Is known for the tangible ways in which their ministry transforms the lives of those they lead, mentor, and shepherd.
  4. Nurtures, mentors, and develops “Timothy” leaders who seek to be in ministry in similar ways.
  5. States clearly “Why Jesus.”
  6. Embodies FFE’s vision of growing generations of Christ Followers – clergy and laity – who have a passion for evangelism.

Upon receiving the award, the 2016 Distinguished Evangelist will be invited to:

  1. Participate in media efforts to promote FFE and this award.
  2. Speak at the Lake Junaluska Summer Sermon Series the summer following being named.
  3. Deliver a featured lecture as the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church on a national stage.
  4. Participate in FFE’s Speakers Bureau.
  5. Share with FFE links to websites, blogs and other social media with which they are affiliated.
  6. Provide articles and videos (or access to existing) for use on the FFE website.
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Meet the 2016 Harry Denman Evangelism Award Winners

Luke Edwards, King Street Church [Boone, NC]

Western North Carolina Conference Clergy Award Recipient.

“Luke is meeting people where they are, really listening to them, helping meet the physical needs of food, shelter and warmth as well as answering the “Why Jesus” question and leading them to“How do I invite Jesus into my life’.”

Rev. Luke Edwards began his work at Boone First United Methodist Church in Boone, North Carolina as Director of Missions, starting a community garden, a firewood ministry, and supporting several mission programs and services. When the church fully recognized the need to have a presence on King Street, the local main street of Boone, Luke was tapped to be the pastor of that street church, beginning with an evening worship service in the home of Luke and his wife, Ginna.

When it became more than their home could accommodate another site was found. Now people meet in Boone Saloon, study the Bible, discuss the tough questions, drink a beer, and have church. Several street people have found Jesus, as well as a church family and Luke has been a stable, steady person to help shepherd them along the way. People who simply don’t relate to a traditional church structure  now study and worship through King Street Church. Hear more about his ministry from Luke.

The person who nominated Luke Edwards for this award actually knew Harry Denman as a frequent guest in their home when she was growing up. She remembers him always saying you needed to meet people where they are, and she saw him being genuine, a person without polish or worldly power, yet who exemplified Christ in her life in a profound way. She says, “Luke has that same gift. He is real. He is genuine. He is quick to hit the homeless shelter. Yet, he also takes time to hang out with people like me who are old enough to be his mom. He connects with me personally. That’s the Christ connection. That’s what Harry Denman was all about.”

She continues, “Luke Edwards meets people where they are in all respects, and has consistently strived to meet their needs in sustainable ways that respect the individual and equip that person to provide for him or herself. Whether it’s breaking bread with the homeless, the Bible Study at the shelter or the local jail, Luke is connecting people with Christ and the Word of God in Christian community.”

Luke has been recognized by Fresh Expressions US for innovative ministry and use of the Fresh Expressions model of church. 

Culture of the Call Church Award

We want to hear from you.  Apply HERE for 2016 Culture of the Call Church Award. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 9/15.

This award continues The Foundation for Evangelism’s tradition of recognizing excellence in local church evangelism, incorporates the focus on striving to impact younger generations, and encourages those who seek to grow the United Methodist Church. Originally designed “To recognize one local congregation of The United Methodist Church each year that has a history of having young people 35 or younger experience God’s call to full time Christian service as a result of their being active in the life of that church,” the award has come to represent a level of excellence desired for all churches as they seek to identify, support, mentor, and encourage young people who are called to Christian service.

What does a Culture of the Call Church look like?  Learn more here from the 2015 Culture of the Call Church Award recipient Hasting United Methodist Church !

Seeking Proposals Wallace Chappell Lecture

he Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) partners with United Methodist-affiliated and Wesleyan-tradition seminaries to equip growing generations of Christ Followers as they answer the call to Christian leadership that passionately incorporates evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley.

Guidelines Available 

Through the Wallace Chappell Lecture Series, recognized national or world leaders in Christian evangelism provide inspirational, challenging lectures and classroom appearances that prepare current and future Christian leaders for innovative ministry that brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

Grant increased $1,500 to $4,500 per event 

 It is our goal to reach the largest possible audience with evangelism resources so that our partnerships have the greatest impact on our Christian witness.  Therefore, FFE is encouraging all Wallace Chappell Lecture Series grant recipients to prepare a video series of their Wallace Chappell Lecture events.  The increase is intended to help offset the costs associated with video production.  In addition to seminary distribution, videos will be available to seminary students and local church leaders via the FFE website.

We are delighted that the 2016-2017 Wallace Chappell Lecture Series will be held at Reutlingen School of Theology on October 4, 2016.  This marks the first lecture series to convene outside the continental United States. Dr. Bryan Stone, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston School of Theology, and Dr. Michael Moynagh, head theologian for Fresh Expressions of Church in U.K., are the featured lecturers.

Submit requests via email or USPS no later than September 1, 2016.

2016 Distinguished Evangelist Nominations

The Foundation for Evangelism is seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award.   With this honor, the Foundation creates a platform from which exceptional, innovative leaders who are in ministry in a United Methodist setting can serve as role models and inspiration for others seeking new, impactful ways to approach evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley. Nomination deadline – 9/15/2016

Each year The Foundation for Evangelism recognizes one person as the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of this grant is to

Evangelism happens in many contexts and many settings.  Evangelism impacts and engages all generations and requires relationship among a variety of persons.  All are called to be evangelists – not just those who are also called to be clergy.  It is the purpose of this award to celebrate, inspire, encourage and equip ALL who are called to bring others into life-transforming relationships with Jesus Christ.

The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church:

  1. Is an innovator.
  2. Practices evangelism in the Methodist or Wesleyan context in a United Methodist setting.
  3. Is known for the tangible ways in which their ministry transforms the lives of those they lead, mentor, and shepherd.
  4. Nurtures, mentors, and develops “Timothy” leaders who seek to be in ministry in similar ways.
  5. States clearly “Why Jesus.”
  6. Embodies FFE’s vision of growing generations of Christ Followers – clergy and laity – who have a passion for evangelism.

The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church will be invited to:

  1. Participate in media efforts to promote FFE and this award.
  2. Speak at the Lake Junaluska Summer Sermon Series the summer following being named.
  3. Deliver a featured lecture as the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church on a national stage.
  4. Participate in FFE’s Speakers Bureau.
  5. Share with FFE links to websites, blogs and other social media with which they are affiliated.
  6. Provide articles and videos (or access to existing) for use on the FFE website.

The Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church is announced each fall.

Nominations

Download Nomination Form

Return by September 15, 2016

Send Nominations to:

Nominations
The Foundation for Evangelism
P. O. Box 985
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Grants@FoundationforEvangelism.org

Announcing Making Disciples on the College Campus Grant

The Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) announces a new pilot grant program designed to impact ministry on college campuses in the United States.

“Making Disciples on the College Campus…a ministry impacting young people” will provide grants of up to $50,000 in each of three years to an innovative campus-focused ministry with a mission to engage, form and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.

Guidelines | Application | Questions

“With the Making Disciples of the College Campus pilot, we hope to challenge those in ministry in a university setting to push beyond traditional interpretations of campus ministry to evangelize, nurture, support and create disciples of Jesus Christ. Notice we aren’t just saying ministry with students, but making disciples on the college campus,” said Jane Boatwright Wood, FFE President.

The FFE seeks applications for innovative ministries that address the formation of new Christ followers, help young people renew and recommit to their Christian faith, and develop life-long discipleship practices. Applicants are encouraged to explore the possibilities of incorporating the entire university population into a faith community or disciple formation opportunity.

The grant will support pilot programs addressing the adaptive challenges faced in evangelism in the tradition of John Wesley in the United States. Innovative programs that have demonstrated successful outcomes in a pilot situation, and that are supported by a strong plan for replicating these results on a larger scale, will be considered.

Grant recipients will be evaluated on the extent to which their innovative ministries:

  • Form new Christ followers;
  • Help young people renew or recommit to their Christian faith;
  • Develop mature discipleship practices to support Wesleyan living and evangelism;
  • Develop a campus-wide faith community.

The FFE has designated $50,000 per year for 2016, 2017, and 2018 for this pilot grant program. Grant awards will not exceed $50,000 annually or be less than $10,000. The term of each grant awarded shall be for one to three years in duration. Applications are being accepted through August 1, 2016. Visit the website for more information about the Making Disciples on the College Campus grant or to apply.

Headquartered in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, FFE is an international foundation with the vision to grow generations of Christ followers – clergy and laity – who have a passion for Wesleyan evangelism. To accomplish this vision, FFE promotes, encourages and provides resources to grow Wesleyan evangelism bringing all people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Of particular interest to this process are ministries impacting young people.

FEC at GC 2016

What pictures come to mind when you hear the word evangelism?

Evangelism is on the move. Evangelism is relational. Evangelism is joy-filled.

And a passion for evangelism, the overwhelming desire to introduce others to the Jesus Christ you  love, and who loves you, is what we are called to do.

The Foundation for Evangelism partners with innovative, exceptional leaders from around the globe who are committed to practicing evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley and to equipping others to do the same.  The FFE team – trustees, professors, distinguished evangelists, and ministry partners – are here to tell the story of the remarkable, contextual evangelism that is bringing people into life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.