Evangelism for Leaders Course

This course is for leaders who really want to reach new people but also understand that evangelism is a word with baggage. It's for leaders who want to discover their inner evangelists - and it's for those who'd rather they remained undiscovered! It's for leaders who are thinking: 'evangelism was never part of my training for ministry' or 'if I mention evangelism in my place, everyone will run a mile and never come back'. It's for leaders who are wondering how to help others grow in confidence in their faith. It's for leaders who know they have a responsibility when it comes to evangelism, but are busy people trying to keep the show on the road. It's for leaders who are questioning whether evangelism is possible in a holistic, inclusive, relational and authentic way.  

This is a free course for all leaders in the Methodist Church (lay and ordained, paid and unpaid, including but not exclusive to Chairs, Superintendents, Presbyters, Deacons, Local Lay Pastors, Pioneers, Children, Youth and/or Family Workers, Chaplains, Church or Circuit Stewards, or leaders of mission, social action or outreach projects).

In 2020 the Methodist Conference adopted a Church-wide strategy for Evangelism and Growth, deepening our commitment to being an evangelistic Church.  Leaders are crucial for this commitment.  This course aims to equip leaders in their contexts to: confidently model what it means to follow our shared calling to evangelism; to intentionally prioritise and promote evangelism and to cultivate a culture of confident, authentic faith sharing which raises up those spiritually gifted as Evangelists.  There are five sessions, each two hours long:

  • Session 1: Evangelism: actually good news? - exploring our theology of evangelism.
  • Session 2: Everyone an Evangelist: even me? - exploring our own identities as evangelists.
  • Session 3:  Are we making disciple-making disciples? - exploring how to enable and encourage evangelism in our places.
  • Session 4: Action planning for evangelism - exploring practical steps for encouraging a culture of evangelism in our places.
  • Session 5 (roughly six months later): How do we know we're doing evangelism right? - a chance to review, listen for God and look to the future.

The course will run online, choose the option which suits you and book below:

  • October 2021 course: Running over a weekend in October, with the fifth session six months later. Friday 8th October 2021: 4-9pm (with breaks), Saturday 9th October 2021: 10am-7pm (with extensive breaks), and the 19th March 2022: 10am-12pm. Register here
  • February-March 2022 course: Tuesdays from 10.30am-12.30pm on: 1st February, 8th February, 22nd February, 1st March and the 6th September. Please note - the first four sessions run over a five week period with a one week break in the middle, and the fifth session is six months later. Register here.
  • May-June 2022 course: Thursdays from 7.00-9.00pm on: 19th May, 26th May, 9th June, 16th June and the 1st December 2022.  Please note - the first four sessions run over a five week period with a one week break in the middle, and the fifth session is six months later. Register here.

If you have any questions please contact Holly Adams, Evangelism and Contemporary Culture Officer on adamsh@methodistchurch.org.uk 


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