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Participating in Abundant Life Workshop (In-Person)

Date: June 20, 2024
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm Eastern
Place: First UMC Waynesville Christian Growth Center (566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville NC 28786)

The Laity are critical for the church to reach its community, but too often aren’t empowered to talk about their faith or fully participate in inviting others into life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. By focusing on “Abundant Life”, we can better understand what God wants to save us from and how holistically God wants to bless us.

In this 90-minute session, author Mark Teasdale (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) and Heather Lear (Vice President for Grants, The Foundation for Evangelism) team up to offer laity valuable encouragement and resources to examine their individual efforts as well as their church’s ministries through tools for “Metrics for Salvation.” Participants will receive a free book, study guide, and workbook following the workshop.

At the conclusion they will be invited to gather a team from their church to participate in an online course or cohort together or consider applying for an Equipping the Local Church Grant from The Foundation for Evangelism.

If you have any questions about this session, please email:

If you attended the June 20 Session …


Mask sure to read your copy of Participating in Abundant Life.

Didn’t receive a copy? Check with the Western N.C. Conference Board of Laity to request a free copy. Limited to 1 free copy per church.


Download the Study Guide and Metrics Workbook to use with the book.


Invite others from your church to go complete the Study Guide and Metrics Workbook together.


Want to go deeper? If you think your church may be interested in joining a cohort of churches going deeper and exploring how to implement what you learned, connect with Terri Farmer at



Rev. Dr. Heather Lear

Practitioner and Instructor

Vice President for Grant Administration, The Foundation for Evangelism

Rev. Dr. Heather Lear is an ordained elder from the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. She serves as Vice President for Grant Administration for The Foundation for Evangelism, and previously served as the director of Evangelism for UMC Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn. She frequently instructs courses in Evangelism for Methodist-related seminaries and UMC annual conferences, and is the Convener/Chairperson of Evangelism Connections, an ecumenical group who strives to frame evangelism, hospitality, and church vitality in a 21st century context.

Dr. Mark Teasdale

Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale

Author and Instructor

E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Mark R. Teasdale is a professor, author, and pastor who focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He currently teaches at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and has lectured at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Southern Methodist University, and Wesley Theological Seminary. In addition, he has been privileged to consult with several local churches and denominational bodies, including the cabinet of the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) and the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church. He is the president-elect of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) and served for six years as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education.

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