Evangelism--Methods

Equipping Selected Members of New Lord's Baptist Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois, in Marketplace Evangelism Skills

Author
Wooyoung Lee
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of New Lord's Baptist Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois, in marketplace evangelism skills. The project director selected the quipping program model in order to achieve the purpose. First of all, the project director researched and studied what evangelism is, what the gospel is, and what the marketplace is through published materials and Interrnet resources.

In order to equip the selected church members of New Lord's Church in marketplace evangelism skills, the project director developed a curriculum. Before the curriculum and seminar, the project director implemented a student needs assessment and pre-test to control contents, learning experiences, and educational environment. Also, the project director researched existing evangelism methods and chose the Three Circles evangelism method according to the context of the selected churched members.

Due to Covid-19, the project director implemented the seminar on online for four weeks. The project director conducted a post-test to check significant changes after the seminar. Also, the project director conducted a class evaluation survey to check the project director's capacity in curriculum design. Two experts evaluated the project director's results of the research and curriculum

Equipping Selected Couples from The First Baptist Church of Lafayette, Inc., Louisiana, in Personal Evangelism Skills

Author
Bradley L Gill
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip couples who have been selected from The First Baptist Church of Lafayette, Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana (FBL), in personal evangelism skills. Utilizing the quipping model to educate and empower adults to share the gospel, the project director selected a group of married couples from FBL based on their interest and involvement in evangelism training. Group members participated in a free personality self-assessment that guided their training. After conducting research in the field of evangelism, the project director developed teaching plans that he implemented through sessions designed to equip adults to share the gospel based upon their personality strengths. A variety of professionals evaluated the project director's knowledge and effectiveness of the sessions through the training process.

Equipping selected Adult members of Chinese Baptist church, Houston, Texas, with Personal Evangelism Skills

Author
Oleg Nyu
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adult members of Chinese Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, with personal evangelism skills. Equipping selected adult members produced a renewal in believers with a skill set of boldly evangelizing the unbelievers of Houston. This evangelism training allowed the church to refocus on the basic obedience of the Lord's commission and strengthened the individuals in their pursuit to be more like Christ. The project director used and equipping model with three phases to accomplish this project.

Phase one of the equipping model was to research the field of evangelism and various evangelism models. Phase two consisted of synthesizing the essential evangelism skills discovered in the research into a training course. Phase three was the training workshop with selected adults. The project evaluation confirmed the project equipped the selected adult members of Chines Baptist Church with basic personal evangelism skills.

Developing an Evangelism Strategy for Millennial Generation at the Korean Church of Suwanee, Georgia

Author
Jae Ho Lee
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop the evangelism strategy for millennial generation at the Korean Church of Suwanee, Georgia. All of the research on this project was based on the environment in Suwanee city and Georgia State. And the practical goal was to establish evangelism strategy for the millennial generation.

To achieve this object, the project director studied with 'Evangelism,' 'Strategic Planning,' and 'Millennial Generation.' After the study, the project director was evaluated by professional in the field of evangelism and strategic planning. In addition, the project director organized an evangelism strategy planning team and conducted a test evaluation and survey to analyze variously about the evangelism strategy. In conclusion, the project director developed effective evangelism strategies and methods. Furthermore, the project director also presented the developed evangelism strategy to the Suwanee Korean Church Pastoral Cooperation Committee. As a result, everyone agreed and approved the strategy.

Through this project, the project director once again aspired to evangelism, the need for developing evangelism strategies appropriated to those who receive the Gospel has been felt. Hopefully, this project's all research and evangelism strategy will be use as a valuable tool of evangelism. Above all, I hope that this project to be used preciously in God's work for the millennial generation.

The Impact of Presence and Touch on Church Growth

Author
William Charles Berg D.Min.
Abstract
This project addresses the problem of discovering whether, when churches move to be physically present in their communities and engage in appropriate touch through serving, there is a corresponding impact in confession of faith and church growth. To answer this problem, the researcher began with the incarnation and trinity as a model of presence and touch. The researcher reviewed the Gospels to identify Jesus’ use of physical presence and touch in His ministry. The researcher also looked at the impact of presence and touch on the early church in the Book of Acts. He reviewed literature that focused on the importance of presence and touch and its influence on conversions and church growth. The researcher then interviewed senior and associate pastors of seven growing churches. Next, the researcher surveyed congregants from these seven churches. Both the interviews and the survey focused on how serving in the community through presence and touch impacts conversions and church growth. This study revealed that within the seven churches involved in this research there is, indeed, a direct connection between presence and touch and a growth in professions of faith and church attendance. Through his examinations, the researcher identified seven principles of how serving through presence and touch affects churches. As part of their missions, the majority of churches today serve their community in some capacity. Like any organization, the church is limited in time, gifting, and finances. Thus, knowing the effect of a ministry helps the church wisely allocate resources. This project sought to provide the church insight on how its use of presence and touch when serving the community results in conversions and church growth.

Characteristics of Diaspora Christian Forestier Who Successfully Evangelize People from the Upper Guinea Host Cultures.

Author
Nathan Kendall D.Min.
Abstract
This phenomenological study investigated the characteristics of successful evangelists working in a trans-cultural West African Muslim context. The evangelists were part of a diaspora minority in Upper Guinea, where missions first arrived in 1919 but still shows few results. The potential evangelistic impact of the local Church, as the population of western missionaries diminishes, motivated research into what characteristics describe those diaspora believers who are successful at evangelizing their Muslim host populations. Interviews provided data to compare those who had successfully evangelized Muslims versus those who had only successfully evangelized non-Muslims. The results of the research point to four primary differentiators between the two groups became evident: a dedication to deep prayer, commitment to Bible study, trust in God refined through persecution, and participation in new Christian works. Additionally, some secondary characteristics were identified, including reading the Bible in multiple languages, an emphasis on external community, and evangelization of others as a means of spiritual growth. Lastly, some non-differentiating characteristics were identified: answered prayer, significant friendships across cultural and ethnic boundaries, and the sharing of learning. In other words, read your Bible and pray every day makes a difference.
Chapter 2 of the thesis explores God’s demonstrated desire for all nations to be saved, God’s use of diaspora God-fearers, and evangelism as an expected endeavor for the whole church. The chapter 3 literature review explores diaspora realities, including the reality of few scholarly resources coming out of French West Africa and nuances of diaspora in North America and Europe, with a preference to what has been reported by Africans. There was also a look at multicultural churches and one ethnic group evangelizing another, all within a West African, Islamic context. Not to be missed is the author’s contrarian view on heart-languages in urban, multi-cultural, West African churches.

Held together and sent out in grace : the interplay between prevenient grace and evangelism

Author
Kent A. Lundy
Abstract
Nationally, the average United Methodist invites one person to Church every 38 years (www.um-insight.net)! In what way can we leverage our understanding of Prevenient Grace to increase the number of invitations the congregants of Churubusco UMC extend to others? The author researched how differing emphasis of invitations helped persons invite others to church. Individuals were placed into small groups for this study period. The analysis suggested that a full understanding of Prevenient Grace is best expressed within small group accountability.

[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.]

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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