Because of the more aggressive and confrontational tactics we hear about, evangelism has developed a bad connotation. Doors are shut hurriedly, phone calls end abruptly, and e-mails left unanswered.
After all, isn’t this a task better handled by the pastor?
Perhaps it’s time to reexamine John Wesley’s model of evangelism as a full, natural circle-where it’s a communal beginning point rather than a solitary end.
The central motive of authentic evangelism is: Having received a message that’s made all the difference in our lives, we desire to share that message with others in the hope that it will transform their lives as well. Wesley models an evangelism that reaches out and welcomes, invites, and nurtures, and speaks to both head and heart.
“Evangelism is about relationship,” the authors write. “How we are in relationship to God, who is able to transform us into new beings. How we are in relationship to our neighbor, whom we must love like ourselves.”
As one reviewer says, “Knight and Powe have given us a relational book. They describe the deep connection between John Wesley’s thoughts, Charles Wesley’s hymns, scholarly thinking about evangelism and biblical understandings of the gospel-all in relation to the needs, concerns, and hopes of everyday people.”
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.
Lead in Evangelism by Henry Knight III and F. Douglas Powe, the Leader’s Guide is also available here.
Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people, many of whom are simply turned off by church. The big idea is that congregations must be willing to embrace radical ways to connect with new generations. Re-thinking old assumptions is a starting place but more is needed. To really connect congregations have to move beyond and start doing new things that are out of their comfort zones. These authors give ten ways to help you move from just saying what you intend to actually doing it. This book provides tools to help churches re-frame the Good News in non-traditional ways and study questions for church leadership teams.
Every year, especially at the beginning, we ought to challenge ourselves by wanting to be better Children of God than the last. Our relationship with the Lord, should not be static, but flowing upward and growing closer.
Doctor’s Orders: Prescription for a Successful New Year, challenges Christ followers to live up to the high calling of our Lord and Savior, with a monthly mantra to focus on:
• Spiritual / Personal growth
• Relationships / Marriage
• Spiritual Warfare
Jeremiah 29:11 proclaims, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” During the New Year, align your plans with God’s plans . . . Doctor’s orders.
God wants to do a new thing in the African American Church.
Author, Douglas Powe suggests that the African American church, while once the bedrock of the community, is no longer on the radar for many. During the Civil Rights movement African American churches initiated and even shaped transformation for an entire country, well beyond their own walls. In this post-Civil Rights era the power of many African American churches remains mired in the assumptions and practices of the past, thereby making them invisible to their surrounding communities.
New Wine, New Wineskins helps African American congregations understand and benefit from the cultural shifts