Earlier this year, The Foundation for Evangelism released a three-part webinar series and group study guide for individuals or small groups to delve deeper into the “evangelism equation” concept from Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale’s book Evangelism for Non-Evangelists. Made possible by a grant from the Foundation for Evangelism, the series explores a different topic related to evangelism in each video and includes Q&A at the end. To make the videos even more accessible, we’ve created a playlist of the videos for streaming online at YouTube. The videos are also available for streaming and download at Vimeo.com and the study guide can be downloaded on our website.
A new group study guide has been released for “The E Word” webinar which launched in November 2019. This study guide expands on the webinar and provides a way for small groups and congregations to dive deep into what evangelism means and explore ways they can use what they learn to better tell the Gospel story to their community. Written by Rev. Dr. Heather Lear, The Foundation for Evangelism’s Teaching and Research Fellow and former Director of Evangelism Ministries for Discipleship Ministries, the guide is broken up into four sections – an introduction, and three sessions based on the webinar speakers’ topics, Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson (Claremont School of Theology) with Faith Sharing & “Why Jesus,” Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner (Duke Divinity School) with Evangelism and Discipleship, and Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe (Wesley Theological Seminary) with Contextual Awareness. The sessions have a biblical and theological grounding in the Wesleyan tradition while asking culturally relevant questions to help your group look at current practices, motivation, and outcomes with exercises to challenge you to go beyond “what we’ve always done” and dream for what God is calling you to.
The guide is flexible and gives suggestions for groups meeting for different lengths of time, making it ideal for small groups, Sunday School, Bible Study groups, and even as a congregation-wide study. The questions are intentionally open-ended, and can be adapted for your particular ministry setting.
This group study guide and “The E-Word” webinar it is based on were both sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism as a way to help local churches equip disciples to share their faith and the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 International license, and may be printed/reproduced under the guidelines of this license. If you wish to reproduce this material for another purpose, please request permission by contacting our office.
The Foundation for Evangelism, as part of a recent grant for evangelism resources, partnered with three Professors of Evangelism (two are current, and one is a former FFE-funded E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism) to conduct this three-part webinar. Designed for individuals or small groups to delve deeper into the “evangelism equation” concept from Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale’s book Evangelism for Non-Evangelists, this series explores a different topic in each video and includes Q&A at the end. A study guide is currently in development and will be available in early 2020.
[UPDATE 1/13/2020] A new group study guide is now available to compliment The “E Word” webinar series. It is available as a free download, and the videos can also be downloaded for off-line playback with the instructions in the study guide intro.
Session 1: Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson on “Why Jesus”
Session 2: Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner On Evangelism and Discipleship Systems
Session 3: Rev. Dr. Doug Powe on Contextual awareness
Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, led the Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC through the “Evangelism Equation” from his book Evangelism for Non-Evangelists. In this two-part series, Dr. Teasdale starts at the beginning, examining the current, cultural (sometimes negative) understanding of evangelism, and looks at practices of evangelism that focus more on authentic faith-sharing and active listening that respects and cares for the whole person.
Rev. Ryan Spurrier, Campus Minister for Wesley Campus Ministry at UNC Chapel Hill, shares insights from the Making Disciples on the College Campus grant – a three year grant for innovative campus-focused ministry that engages, forms and grows disciples of Jesus Christ on the college campus. Spurrier shares how, by focusing on three key areas, their campus ministry is seeing real fruit and transformed lives.
After you read Evangelism for Non-Evangelists or individually participate in the webinars, we encourage you to gather with your local church group to develop a congregational strategy for evangelism. You can organize the group sessions as you like. To help with this, we have provided this Study Guide.
Dr. Hal Knight, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Saint Paul School of Theology, recently led an educational session with The Foundation For Evangelism’s board of trustees at their midyear meeting in Leawood, Kansas. The presentation titled “Anticipating Heaven Below – John Wesley’s Optimism of Grace,” included a history of the formation of John Wesley’s understanding of grace and how his influence grew and developed the ideas of evangelism and faith sharing that emphasized God’s love and care for the souls of ALL people. This session is also available as an audio MP3 download.