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.
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.”
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