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"Evangelism for the Rest of Us"

by Sarah F. Erickson

2009 Thompson Scholars

Explore “Evangelism for the Rest of Us” as a Thompson Scholar, May 25-28, 2010, on the seminary campus.

Enrollment is limited to 15 people. Applications are being accepted now; they will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until the event is full or until April 1.

These days, the word ‘evangelism’ makes many people uneasy. Mainline churches often think of evangelism only as membership management. But, the communication of God’s good news is one of the primary callings of the Church.

What does a biblical theology of evangelism look like? How might faithful and effective evangelism be practiced today? How might those in our churches become more confident in their personal witness to Christ?

Leading the Thompson Scholars’ small-group discussions and visits to other ministry settings will be Steve Hayner, CTS President and Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, and Sharol Hayner, a Presbyterian pastor who has served on the staff of Peachtree Presbyterian Church/Atlanta, in the areas of adult discipleship and worship.

Participants will discuss the major contemporary issues in evangelism as they pertain to the local congregation – including the nature of the Gospel, the dynamics of conversion, the biblical theology of witness, and the congregational practice of missio Dei.

To apply, submit an e-mail to Sarah Erickson with the Subject line: Thompson Scholar Application. In your e-mail, enter the following information:

  • Your name
  • Church name and denomination
  • Preferred mailing address
  • Daytime phone number
  • E-mail address
  • A brief answer to the following two questions: 1) How would you describe the challenges of evangelism in your particular context and in general in our 21st century context? 2) Why would you like to participate in this event?
The $165 program fee includes all meals and double-occupancy housing for three nights (May 25, 26, 27) in the Harrington Center on the seminary campus. (Because of the limited number of guest rooms available, requests for single rooms will be placed on a wait list; the program fee for single rooms, if available, is $315.)
The reduced program fee for this event is made possible through financial gifts in honor of Dr. Cecil Thompson, dedicated to the support of the work of evangelism in the church.