Dear Praying Friends,
On November 17th, in two cities (in Memphis and in KC) our team held two conversational evangelism trainings (called The Changing Face of Evangelism and the Well-being of the City) hosting 300 people at these two places. And the team in KC also hosted a master’s training and trained 26 people to lead this evangelism trainings in other cities.
We (Edina & Gabor) were leading the training in Memphis at Harvest Church. We were greatly encouraged that 224 people dedicated a whole Saturday morning to become equipped to engage in meaningful spiritual conversations with non-believers. At this training we address the current reality of how rapidly the church is shrinking in the U.S., we talk about the need for a paradigm shift in evangelism, we introduce the “CoJourner” framework and share 6-9 different simple conversation-starter strategies and tools while we give an opportunity to practice it by pairing up in twos. At the end of the training we close by offering an online-coaching and follow-up opportunity.
FEEDBACKS & OPINIONS:
Here are some of the feedback from the participants in Memphis:
“This training gave me more practical tools to engage non-believers in spiritual conversations.”
“I’ve learned that I can easily engage someone I just met with into the possibility of discussing spiritual things.”
“It helped me to frame the conversation based on where they are in their spiritual journey. Thought me to be a better listener and asking good questions based on what was said.”
The Changing Face of Evangelism and the Well-being of the City training so far was held in 9 cities and 1020 people were trained in it.
Here are some other feedbacks from previous trainings:
"Especially in a city like NY, the word ‘Evangelism’ will often conjure up an image of a 50+ year old women entering a subway car and passionately (and sometimes harshly) speaking scripture and beckoning passengers to ‘Consider Their Ways’. This image has often pushed the contemporary believer to excuse themselves away from the table called "harvest". The tools and training in The Changing Face of Evangelism and the Well-Being of the City are invaluable as they intertwine: mission, need, strategy and simplicity." - Heston Williams, Lead Pastor, Purpose Life Church, Brooklyn
“…helped to take the scariness out of evangelism and replace it with practical ways to start share my faith that I can apply daily.”- Kendall J., TX
"Learning new evangelism techniques, particularly the ‘Sometime’ method, made evangelism a whole lot less intimidating. Evangelism always felt so forced, but I learned tools that help it feel natural. I used the ‘Sometime’ method the day after I learned it, and it led to an awesome conversation with a girl who was originally resistant to talking with me about the gospel!" - McClaine B., TX