Are you hungry to grow in evangelism and discipleship, but have not had a chance to learn how?
Thanks to our relationship to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, we are excited to announce a course being offered right here in our church. Dr. Jim Singleton (preaching here on September 1, 2019) will teach “Evangelism and Discipleship in the Local Church” in two, two-day sessions this fall.
September 20, 2019: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
September 21, 2019: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
October 25, 2019: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
October 26, 2019: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019
About the Course
Many church leaders today are recognizing that we live in a very complicated season for congregations. The things that seemed to spark growth and evangelism in years past are not having the same impact today. This course is about how individuals and congregations can learn to do both evangelism and discipleship in a church setting. The more people are equipped to do evangelism and discipleship, the more likely they will practice them.
There are three ways to participate:
- Gordon-Conwell alumni may audit one course per year at no cost (please reply to this email to register)
- Non-alums can audit at $100 per course
- Anyone can participate at $250 per course as a part of our Certificate of Ministry Leadership. We plan to offer 8-10 different courses away from campus in congregations over the next years (click here for a list of future course offerings). The certificate program requires the participant to complete 6 of these courses, with required coursework.
The design of this course to help leaders understand the process involved in both evangelism and discipleship within the context of a local congregation. For generations evangelism happened when people eventually showed up at a church service or a revival meeting. Most often, it was through preaching that people came into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Today people are not just showing up at a church service or a revival meeting. Today most people who come to Christ do so through a relationship with a Christian. Often these relationships emerge in neighborhoods or workplaces. This course will help you in preparing how to be the kind of friend who can function as a “missionary” in your life context.
Once a person comes to Christ, the Great Commission urged that we make disciples – meaning that we make disciplined followers of Jesus Christ. Yet, most people never experience a natural way for that to happen. We grow by “bits and pieces, here and there”. This course will also guide believers in ways that can naturally help others to grow in Christ.
Who Should Attend?
The course is for ministry leaders in congregations – both pastors and lay leaders. We believe that leaders need real reflection on these two subjects in order to be equipped for a new cultural context that we are facing today. The way of church thriving in the 1980s is very different from today. Yet, the way we engage evangelism and discipleship today can involve people in new ways.
Topics to be Covered
• What is the Grand Story of Scripture – the Gospel?
• How to Communicate that story in a new era
• How to change the culture of a congregation for evangelism
• Recognizing the need for Discipleship today
• Understanding how you have grown through the years
• Creating plans for discipleship in Congregations
About the Professor
Jim Singleton, Th.D
Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Pastoral Leadership
Dr. Singleton brings over 30 years of pastoral experience to his role at Gordon-Conwell. Prior to arriving at GCTS (2012), he served as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also the director of
Thriving In Ministry and Evangelism