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The Foundation for Evangelism is a grant-making foundation established in 1949 to “diffuse the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Today, we live into that vision by promoting, encouraging and providing resources for evangelism in the Wesleyan tradition.
What do we mean by “Evangelism?”
Evangelism is talking, teaching and preaching the story of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Evangelism alone doesn’t lead to a transformed life.
Discipleship is the important “next step” in evangelism. It is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to nurture and grow together in our faith journey.
The Church is where discipleship happens
The Church is the community where believers are formed and equipped for evangelism. Not all churches look the same, either! Some have a physical location, some are strictly online, and still others feel called to go where the people are.
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Small Groups or Congregational Resources
Participating in Abundant Life
Connecting biblical perspectives of holistic salvation to contemporary concepts of well-being, Teasdale shows how Christians can better communicate in secular settings and partner with all people to seek the common good. Includes helpful tools for evaluation.
Authors Powe and Knight describe the profound connection between the thoughts of John Wesley, the hymns of Charles Wesley, the scholarly thinking of evangelism and the understanding of the gospel, all in relation to to the needs, concerns and hopes of "the People of the Way." Learn on your own or as a congregational group from this practical study on living an evangelistic life that demonstrates the transforming power of loving God and neighbor. Includes discussion questions.
La Evangelización Transformadora
Los autores, Powe and Knight, describen la profunda conexión entre los pensamientos de John Wesley, los himnos de Charles Wesley, el pensamiento erudito sobre la evangelización y la comprensión bíblica del evangelio, todo ello en relación con las necesidades, preocupaciones y esperanzas de «la gente de a pie». Este estudio práctico incluye preguntas de discusión para estudio individual o grupal.
Dr. F. Douglas Powe and Dr. Henry H. Knight
This companion to Transforming Evangelism by the same authors, looks at how churches can form missional communities and congregations.
Web Series For Small Groups or Congregations
Built around a group-study model, these six videos can be used as a 3-6 week study. The study guide provides ideas and discussion questions.
Evangelism for Non-Evangelists Online Course
Six-week online course co-taught by Dr. Teasdale and Rev. Dr. Heather Lear guides your leadership team in building a culture of evangelism into the ministries of your church. Includes copy of the book by the same name. Next course offered in Fall 2023.
Models of Evangelism
Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison
Move beyond the caricatures of evangelism to consider how you can engage in one of eight models of evangelism, whether through one-on-one conversations, social media, social justice, or the liturgy of worship services.
E. Stanley Jones & Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society
Edited by Dr. Jack Jackson and Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
Reclaiming a Wesleyan heritage is not simply emulating John Wesley. This updated take on renowned missionary and evangelist E. Stanley Jones’ ministry helps us translate John Wesley’s ideas into action for ministry today.
Evangelism and Discipleship Systems
DISCIPLE Bible Study
A Whole-Bible Study for Groups
DISCIPLE is a group Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. This 34-week overview of both Old and New Testaments helps participants see the whole Bible as a revelation of God. Independent study of 3-4hrs each week help participants prepare for weekly group meetings. Available in a wide variety of languages.
DISCIPLE Leader Training
This self-paced training, offered by BeADisciple, trains facilitators for DISCIPLE Bible Study. In this online course, participants will come to understand what makes DISCIPLE unique, how to implement the study in their church, and what their role as leader should look like.
Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life and God.
Alpha offers content and guidance for churches, ministries, and individuals to create a space for honest and open conversations about life’s biggest questions.
Podcast episodes, Videos, etc.
Catalyst Conversations Podcast
A podcast that invites pastors and laity to unpack evangelism and discipleship, and how they are putting those into practice in their church and community.
Holistic Evangelism & Salvation - with Mark Teasdale
In this episode of Compass Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale helps us adopt a healthy understand of the Christian ideas of evangelism and salvation.
Sharing God with Their Communities
Three recipients of the 2022 Equipping the Local Church Grants talk about the learning experience and successes of their respective evangelistic projects. Recorded at the Foundation's 2022 annual meeting.