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1 Sharing Faith Today What’s the point?

2 Sharing Faith Today: What is evangelism?

3 A definition of Evangelism Lausanne, What is evangelism?

4 Note the link between evangelism and discipleship What is evangelism?

5 Essentials of the Christian Faith What is evangelism?

6 The Stereotype of Evangelism What is evangelism?

7 Preacher and rally What is evangelism?

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10 Preacher on TV What is evangelism?

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12 Courses on the faith RICA, Emmaus What is evangelism?

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14 Other forms of evangelism – are their forms of evangelism with less profile? What is evangelism?

15 Is the humble coffee morning a work of evangelism? What is evangelism?

16 Is evangelism concerned only with preaching and challenge? What is evangelism?

17 Is mission about how we demonstrate the good news? What is evangelism?

18 Problem These definitions can be confusing, naieve & devisive What is evangelism?

19 The BIG fight between evangelism and mission What is evangelism?

20 In the NT proclamation and social witness are inseparable.

21 A more helpful idea: Evangelism as a key dimension of mission Greek underlying mission = evangelsim. Mission done overseas & evangelism done at home. What is evangelism?

22 A historical overview of the tensions between evangelism and mission What is evangelism?

23 Pre-19 th Century: ‘Mission’ overseas ‘Evangelism’ at home Leading Reform What is evangelism?

24 The Great Reversal : An attempt to herald the second coming. What is evangelism?

25 Formation of the World Council of Churches, 1948 Following a tradition to ‘Bring the gospel to everyone in ‘this’ generation’ John Mott. What is evangelism?

26 Post WW2: Should we encourage preaching or social action? What is evangelism?

27 Donald McGravin, Will Uppsala betray the 2 billion? What is evangelism?

28 Stott vs Costas 1975 There is no separation between evangelism and mission What is evangelism?

29 Do we use the term mission or evangelism to define what we do? What is evangelism?

30 Evangelicalism and social conscience – 1975/86, Nairobi & South Africa What is evangelism?

31 WCC today: Missiological Juggernaut? What is evangelism?

32 WCC today: Ecclesiological Nightmare? What is evangelism?

33 Recent insights into evangelism: what activities can be termed ‘evangelism’? What is evangelism?

34 Evangelism is an intentional activity (Needs planning) Billy Abraham, Scott Jones, What is evangelism?

35 Evangelism is strategic but open to the Spirit Rolland Allen, Missionary Methods, St Pauls or ours. What is evangelism?

36 Evangelism relates to a specific culture Tomlinson, Bridges, Donovan, Rise in Parachurch, Youth for Christ, Crusaders, Class meeting in Methodism What is evangelism?

37 The intention is to make new converts William Abrahams, Scott Jones, What is evangelism?

38 Giving people an opportunity to accept Christ while….. Lausanne 1974, (Bosch – radically reorientate lives including becoming member of a Christian Community.) What is evangelism?

39 Informing people about the cost of following Jesus (Lausanne 1974 – evangelism always points to discipleship, Monica Hill, Entering the Kingdom ) What is evangelism?

40 Initiating people into the Kingdom of God Bosch, Abrahams, Scott Jones What is evangelism?

41 Evangelism is a process. 3 years Catchechesis, Fowler – Finding Faith Today, The Engel Scale. What is evangelism?

42 Catchechesis Engel Scale Fowler 3 years Catchechesis, Fowler – Finding Faith Today, The Engel Scale. What is evangelism?

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44 Evangelism is outward looking and Kingdom orientated. Thrust of NT and evident in the Great Commission, Bosch – Transforming Mission What is evangelism?

45 Evangelism is like the lead in a pencil What is evangelism?

46 Evangelism is not… What is evangelism?

47 At the point of a sword or on the threat of hell. Constantine CE312 Edict, CE324 conversion. Becomes a Christian –and then miraculously the Empire is converted! Fear cf love. Welsey’s 44 Sermons Evangelism is not!

48 …a tool for political or economic stabilisation. Verkuyl – Contemporary Missiology – Impure Motives for Mission Evangelism is not!

49 Looking for more Church members – or the same as Church growth. Reaction to Donald McGravan Church Growth theory. Evangelism is not!

50 Sheep-stealing from other Churches DAWN Discipling a Whole Nation – Church Planting Movement – Agreement between denominations Evangelism is not!

51 The preserve of evangelists Michael Green – Evangelism through the local Church, 1992 Evangelism is not!

52 Things we find hard….. What is evangelism?

53 Breaking into conversations where we can share our faith What is evangelism?

54 Changing the form of our message to relate to different cultures. What is evangelism?

55 Doing the work of the Kingdom in the institution of the Church. What is evangelism?

56 Some helpful tips For those in work What is evangelism?

57 Be transparent! What is evangelism?

58 Let love and friendship take the lead in evangelism. What is evangelism?

59 Ask friends if you can remember them in your prayers What is evangelism?

60 Some helpful tips for Churches What is evangelism?

61 Has everyone attending Church has had the opportunity to make a faith commitment? What is evangelism?

62 Develop regular services designed for newcomers What is evangelism?

63 Don’t expect the world to come to you: go out to the world What is evangelism?

64 Use business cards on coffee tables, saying something about faith. What is evangelism?

65 Network with community groups and share in an activity What is evangelism?

66 Place prayer boxes/boards in public places What is evangelism?

67 Make things easy on yourself! What is evangelism?

68 Is the coffee morning a work of evangelism? What is evangelism?

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