Evangelism--Methods

The commencement of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the British Isles and the lessons learnt for establishing new churches today

Author
Richard Daly
Abstract
The Seventh-day Adventist church in the British Isles has seen steady numerical growth since its inception. However, interest from the indigenous and non-religious community, has been in decline. In response, a thorough examination was made of the methods used by the Adventist pioneers in starting new congregations to see what lessons can be revived for today's church. The Project Director undertook to produce a documentary based on the findings together with a workshop, to help prepare pastors and members to develop missional churches within their community.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Creating a Narrative Empathy Among Southern Baptist Leaders: Shaping a New Perception of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Jihad

Author
Charles Wesley Powell Dr. D.Min.
Abstract
The Southern Baptist denomination is the largest Protestant religious group in the United States. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 there has been an increase of negative rhetoric among Southern Baptists towards Muslims. This thesis-project asks to what extent a lack of narrative empathy towards Muslims can be altered in the life of the Southern Baptist leader thus enabling the leader, consequently the denomination, to better understand and communicate the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as embodiments of spiritual discipline and peaceful living. The theoretical framework and in-depth qualitative interviews provide invaluable insights into the dynamics and use of anti-Islamic rhetoric among Southern Baptists. Concrete strategies of action are proposed, such as strategic personal encounters between Southern Baptists and Muslims which when combined with a better understanding of Islam can help uncover the Southern Baptist denominations preconceived prejudices and misunderstandings of Islam that so often hinder constructive dialogue. This project has crucial practical implications that has not yet received scholarly attention.

Over the Hill and Everywhere: How the Art of Storytelling Can Revive the Practice of Evangelism

Author
Jon Kyle Goodman
Abstract
Faith-sharing evangelism has long been an afterthought in the mainline church, abandoned to the dogmatic, coercive approaches practiced in evangelical circles. The author contends that the art of storytelling offers the mainline church an alternative approach for that practice. The author taught a course on storytelling at Alamance Presbyterian Church. Following the course, each participant agreed to seek opportunities to share their faith narratively outside their congregational context. Participants reported their activity at a closing session and in a written survey. The author concludes that teaching the art of storytelling has the potential to help the mainline church reclaim the practice of evangelism.
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