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Evangelism Leader's Training

The Bible clearly mandates, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.“ Our Discipleship Ministries in Nashville boldly states, “Evangelism, no ministry in the church is more vital.” Yet in our local churches, evangelism is a scary word and its intentional application into the life of the church is rarely found. The following training proposal will engage this reality with theology, doctrine, and practical application that will influence the local church and its community in disciple-making for Jesus Christ.


The WPA Conference Evangelism Team will implement a training opportunity for each of our 10 districts that will identify individuals who are interested in beginning (or renewing) and leading an evangelism team in their local church. They will participate in a two-week online classroom teaching experience on evangelism. The online class will culminate with a one-day onsite gathering in their district that will equip the evangelism servant with all the tools and practical resources to recruit, train, lead and facilitate an effective evangelism team in his/her local church. AFCOC will follow-up, as requested, with professional leadership coaching for the evangelism servant-leader.


Details

· The training program will be offered in all 10 districts as a district-wide opportunity and capitalize on proximity and association for support and encouragement.

· The online classroom portion is two weeks long with 10 online contact hours. The text is “Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith” (Knight & Powe).  It is an approved textbook for Lay Servant Ministry. www.beadisciple.com will host the class taught by John Zimmerman.  As a side benefit, successful completion of the class will serve the learner as an advanced course that is required to renew recognition as a Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker, or Certified Lay Minister. Clergy would also be able to receive CEU credit and perhaps access their quadrennial continuing ed allotment.  

· The on-sight one-day gathering will be held immediately following the class. It will be a full day of practical training held at locations within the 10 districts facilitated by AFCOC.

· The training program will have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 participants from a District (or two Districts if collaborating). All registered will participate in the same online class and gather at the same on-sight training day.

· The online class will focus on theology and doctrine of evangelism within a co-learner environment. The on-sight one-day gathering will focus on practical application to begin or renew an effective evangelism team in the local church. The follow-up coaching will be offered on an as-need basis and will be through online conferencing. It can be individual or team coaching. AFCOC is trained by an ICF-accredited trainer.


Cost: Due to funding through the Evangelism Team of WPAUMC, United Methodist Foundation, and About Face the cost per student is only $60.00 (If you are from the Indiana District there is additional funding and your cost is $27.00). This includes the two-week online class, the on-site class in your district including the meal and all materials.


Target: Lay/clergy in local churches passionate about evangelism/outreach. Local evangelism chairs (or potential Local Church Evangelism Chairs) would be a key segment of the target audience. This program would be part of a larger effort to restart/re-energize Evangelism Committees in our local churches. Lay speakers/servants/ministers would especially be part of the target audience. 


Questions:  Contact Rev. John Zimmerman at 814-490-4297 or john@af180.org

Coming to a District Near You

Butler District 

Online Course: October 7-18, 2019

Onsite Class: October 20, 2019

2pm-7pm at  Central UMC

1227 Sixth Ave, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

EVENT CANCELLED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Connellsville District

Online Course: October 14-25, 2019

Onsite Class: October 27, 2019

2pm-7pm at First UMC

 149 W Patriot St, Somerset, PA 15501

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



Erie/Meadville District 

Online Course: October 14-25, 2019

Onsite Class: October 26th, 2019

9am-2pm at Sagertown UMC

 620 Euclid Ave, Saegertown, PA 16433

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



Franklin District

Online Course: September 16-27, 2019

Onsite Class: September 29, 2019

2pm-7pm at Knox UMC

9729 PA-338, Knox, PA 16232 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Greensburg District

Online Course: September 16-27, 2019

Onsite Class: September 28, 2019

9am-2pm at First UMC

 15 East 2nd St, Greensburg, PA 15601

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)


Indiana District

Online Course: September 2-13, 2019

Onsite Class: September 14, 2019

9am-2pm at Punxsutawney First UMC

 301 W Mahoning St, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Johnstown District

Online Course: September 16-27, 2019

Onsite Class: October 5, 2019

9am-2pm at Oakland UMC

1504 Bedford St, Johnstown, PA 15902

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Kane District 

Online Course: September 2-13, 2019

Onsite Class: September 21, 2019

9am-2pm -  First UMC

200 Market St, Warren, PA 16365 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Pittsburgh District

Online Course: October 7-18, 2019

Onsite Class: October 19, 2019

9am-2pm  Location to be determined

EVENT CANCELLED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)



Washington District 

Online Course: October 21-Nov 1, 2019

Onsite Class: November 2, 2019

9am-2pm at Beallsville UMC

2825 Main St, Beallsville, PA 15313

EVENT CANCELLED

(You may register and attend a different district event that is still open.)

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