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Gospel Leaders

Leaders Training Leaders

What is your calling? Most of us don’t answer “evangelism,” but wouldn’t we all love to learn how to share Jesus with others!

Over 36 years ago, The Foundation for  Evangelism noticed that most pastors did not have evangelism-specific training. With generous support from donors, we established grants to fund professors like Dr. Daniel Shin (Drew Theological Seminary) who travels to Russia, Cambodia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. He trains pastors and laity to tell others about Jesus, all in addition to his work at the university.

Today, growing numbers of local church pastors don’t receive seminary training. That’s why we focus on equipping instructors to provide tools to meet the needs of pastors and their churches.

These professors are using their foundation-supported positions to:

  • Developed programs for churches to talk about Jesus in multireligious communities – Jack Jackson (Claremont School of Theology)
  • Teach online courses using innovative tools to help students develop creative practices of evangelism – Mark Teasdale (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
  • Translate a vital church resource on evangelism for Spanish speaking leaders. – Doug Powe (Wesley Theological Seminary) Hal Knight (Saint Paul School of Theology), and Angel Santiago-Vendrell (Asbury Seminary)

I now have a very different view of evangelism. I actually have begun to think that I could evangelize! Before I took the class, that seemed like something that only a few could do.

Ways to Support This Grant Area:

Grants Overview

Evangelism Training for Ministry Professionals

Grants ranging from three years up to endowment funded positions at Wesleyan-tradition seminaries or other leader training programs that expose students to a Wesleyan understanding of evangelism and discipleship.

Meet the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism


Evangelism Training for Local Church Leaders

Grants supporting local, regional or denominational events provide funding for speakers focused on evangelism in the Wesleyan tradition. Preference is given to events that encourage pastors and laity attending together for a holistic approach in the local church.

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Harry Denman Doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships granted for 1-4 academic years to support students completing a PhD, Th.D., or equivalent in evangelism or related discipline. Fellows are equipped and encouraged to then teach in Wesleyan-tradition schools of theology or institutions of higher education.

Meet the Harry Denman Fellows