The Foundation for Evangelism has three primary areas of impact:

Local Church Resources

Through programs such as the Harry Denman Evangelism Award [youth, lay, and clergy], Speakers and Workshops, Making Disciples on the College Campus, and The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church, The Foundation for Evangelism transforms the evangelism ministries in the local church through grants, resource development, training opportunities, and research into innovative approaches.  Here the Foundation fulfills its vision to be a catalyst to equip disciples to share the Good News of Christ.

Impacting the local church is a key component in our founder’s vision.  As we approach 70 years in ministry, The Foundation for Evangelism has set a goal.  We will have a transformational impact, on the scale of the ESJ Professors, in the local church.  We will invest our energy and steward the resources of our donors to reclaim the principles of John Wesley to employ the synergy of God’s people – clergy and lay, young and mature, persons from all nations – working together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

E. Stanley Jones Evangelism Professors

The Foundation for Evangelism provides funding to support E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism at United Methodist Seminaries and schools of theology around the world including positions in Germany, Russia and Zimbabwe.

These professors prepare the next generation of leaders for ministry in the local church through classes in evangelism, missions, and a variety of other disciplines all taught with a focus on evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley. Through ongoing research and publication, these professors reach far beyond the seminary walls to educate and equip clergy, laity, and youth for evangelism ministries that bear fruit in the 21st century local church.

When this program was first envisioned, there was not a requirement that ordained clergy receive seminary training in evangelism nor were there professors educated and in place to provide the classroom training. The Foundation marked 30 years for the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism in 2014.  Today, EVERY ordained clergy member must have a course in evangelism and the professors are in place to provide an exceptional level of training through this endowed program.

Life Transforming Ministry

While the truth that Jesus Christ is our resurrected Savior remains unchanging, our reality is that the ways in which people receive information and enter into relationship with Christ is changing at the speed of technology – perhaps faster than at any other time in history.  Gifts to ongoing the ministry of the Foundation allow our Board of Trustees to adjust to change.  If you have a heart for evangelism and desire for the Foundation to continue to fulfill its role, these endowment funds allow your gift to continue to have an impact in perpetuity.