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2022 Evangelism Network

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Equipping evangelists with fresh understanding, best practices, and biblically-rooted insights

Europe is one of the most relativistic and strategic continents on the earth. Europeans desperately need to hear and understand the life-giving word of truth - the Gospel. How can this message be shared relevantly, biblically, and credibly? Not all Christians are specifically called to be evangelists (Ephesians 4:11), but everyone is called to be involved in the work of evangelism (1 Peter 3:15, 2 Timothy 4:5). Therefore the curriculum is designed for evangelists, pastors, and laypeople who want to be equipped to be more effective in evangelism. This Network brings together some of the best evangelists from across Europe to provide fresh understandings, best practices, and biblically rooted insights.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

Applicants should be evangelists, pastors, and lay evangelists who want to be equipped to share the gospel messages in ways that are relevant, biblical, and credible. The Network brings together some of the best evangelists from across Europe to provide fresh understandings, best practices, and biblically rooted insights.

Network Leadership

Tom Price is a lecturer at The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and was made an Archbishop’s Evangelist in 2019. He has experience and interest in outreach, cultural engagement, Bible teaching, and discipleship. He has degrees in Philosophy and Christian Apologetics and is currently undertaking doctoral research in theology, philosophy, and film at Aberdeen University. Tom is married to Caroline, and they are raising three children in Oxford.

Naomi "Nay" Dawson works with IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator, training staff and students across Europe and working on the senior European leadership team for the charity. Naomi is the founder of Passion for Evangelism. PfE is a network of creative, public female speakers, helping hundreds of women grow in confidence in public communication. In addition, Naomi has also set up an initiative called Community in a Crisis. CIAC has been helping churches and charities across Europe get online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Network Speakers

Naomi "Nay" Dawson works with IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator, training staff and students across Europe and working on the senior European leadership team for the charity. Naomi is the founder of Passion for Evangelism. PfE is a network of creative, public female speakers, helping hundreds of women grow in confidence in public communication. In addition, Naomi has also set up an initiative called Community in a Crisis. CIAC has been helping churches and charities across Europe get online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Simon Edwards is a speaker and writer. He worked as a lawyer in Australia before moving to the UK to study at OCCA and later Oxford University. Simon has spoken on university campuses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Hong Kong, Oslo, and Queensland; in banks, businesses, and government institutions, as well as in debates and at churches and conferences. He has undergraduate degrees in law and economics, and post-graduate qualifications in law, education, and theology. He is the author of The Sanity of Belief: Why Faith Makes Sense (2021). His research interests relate to the relationship between faith, evidence, reason, and the imagination in the context of the big questions of life, culture, business and society. Simon lives in England with his wife, Natasha, who is the Chaplain for Christians in Government, and their three young children.

John MacKinnon is the Director of Evangelism for both The Word 121 and A Passion for Life. He has served as an itinerant evangelist, as the Lead pastor of a local church and has brought leadership to the revitalisation of other churches. In his current role he engages with church leaders across the UK & Ireland in equipping the local church to raise up joyful bible sharers among its everyday members and in preparing helpful resources designed to equip local churches to gain confidence in everyday evangelism.

Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries. He then lived in Ireland where he qualified as a nurse before going on to study theology, gaining a variety of degrees including an MTh and PhD in theology. He is the author of 16 books on subjects such as discipleship, evangelism, apologetics, and church discipline. Stephen is the General Director of Gospel Literature Outreach, a missionary organisation based in Europe. He is married to Debbie, and they along with their three children. Stephen and Debbie attend Clyde Valley Community Church in Motherwell. His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and Politics.

Tom Price is a lecturer at The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and was made an Archbishop’s Evangelist in 2019. He has experience and interest in outreach, cultural engagement, Bible teaching, and discipleship. He has degrees in Philosophy and Christian Apologetics and is currently undertaking doctoral research in theology, philosophy, and film at Aberdeen University. Tom is married to Caroline, and they are raising three children in Oxford.

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years of mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. From 1992 to 2018 he served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and from 1999 as Chief Executive. From 2006 to 2018 he also served as Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia. Since January 2019 he has been CEO of the ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) which brings together national associations of doctors and dentists in over 80 countries worldwide. His work has involved leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing, and media work. His wife Kirsty is a retired community paediatrician and they have three sons, Christopher, Benjamin and Jonathan, and two grandchildren. They are members of Spicer Street Church, St Albans. www.icmda.net; http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/

Emil Shehadeh was born in Israel and educated mainly in the UK achieving BSc Hons (Medical Biology), MSc (Biochemistry), MB ChB (Medicine), a Diploma in Dermatology and MRCGP. Growing up in Israel he accompanied his parents all over Galilee spreading the Gospel amongst all communities including Muslims. He also worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship and OM. In the early 1990s he co-founded an Arabic Church in Cardiff, S Wales. He practiced as a GP (Family Physician and a trainer) until 2016. Upon retirement, he dedicated his time to writing and speaking on the subject of Islam and evangelising Muslims. He supports evangelistic work amongst Muslims in North Africa and Nigeria. Emil has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Logos University and is engaged in another piece of research, at LST, Northwood, on Causes and Consequences of Muslim Conversions to Christianity. He believes that the expansion of the Kingdom of God must be the chief concern of the people of God.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

Thinking about worldviews is important because of the power and effect of a worldview, but what are the different elements of a worldview and how can we uncover them? How can we help people decide which worldview is a good one and which worldview is a bad one? This seminar will give tools and teach practical skills that will enable people to have helpful and enjoyable conversations about our deeper beliefs with those around them.

Public evangelism is a daunting task for many, yet how many evangelistic events have you attended in the last few years that have had women speaking? How many women do you know who are confident speakers and have opportunities to speak evangelistically? Why are so few women speaking in this context – and what can we do to help women be courageous? Reflecting on establishing Passion for Evangelism, a network to raise up female evangelists, this session will share ways to support women in evangelism and raise up a new generation of creative, public evangelists.

Monday, 23 May

What are the main obstacles to reaching Muslims for Christ? We will discuss styles in communicating the Gospel and discuss what pitfalls one must avoid in engaging with Muslims for Christ. Recent research findings will be discussed, and real-life examples will be presented. This will be an interactive session, with opportunities for comments and questions.

Do you find it challenging to talk about Jesus with people who don’t go to church? Are you unsure how to go about sharing your faith in a culture in which belief in God or the Bible is often viewed as intellectually or morally questionable, and in which conversations about religion are often viewed as divisive or offensive? This session will introduce an engaging, conversational approach to evangelism that works effectively in today’s cultural context and that can be used in our everyday encounters with others.

Tuesday, 24 May

One of the current challenges that confronts evangelists is the advent of critical theories such as critical race theory and queer theory. While these intellectual and cultural trends emerge from the academy, they drip down into popular culture and impact almost every part of life. Post Christian Europe is particularly vulnerable to this influence. This session will briefly summarise the origins of these critical theories before looking at how they directly affect the work of gospel proclamation. Practical examples will be given to illustrate the issues; we will then look at practical ways in which evangelists can navigate this culture and make the gospel accessible. In particular, we will look at the ‘tone’ of our evangelism and how we can share truth in this hostile and reactionary environment.

In this session, the Evangelism Network will facilitate some space to share some of our experiences of evangelism. Even if we often work alone, hearing stories from others can inspire us, and honest conversations about the struggles and challenges can lighten the burden. We will invite Network participants to share real stories of the ups and the downs of evangelism.

Wednesday, 25 May

Our salvation is the gracious gift of the sovereign, trinitarian God who loves us and gives himself for us. As we seek to fulfill the expectation of Scripture in evangelism, we are completely dependent upon the empowerment of the Holy Spirit who delights to magnify Jesus in our lives. In this session, we will discover afresh the eternal truth that in giving us the Holy Spirit, God gives us nothing less than himself and rejoice in the confidence that being in step with the Spirit brings to anyone who wants to make much of Jesus in their daily lives.

There is no better training manual for communicating the Gospel than the Bible, and the book of Acts is a special goldmine for good guidance. In Acts 17 the Apostle Paul addresses people with a worldview and values at variance with his own. They initially write him off as a ‘babbler’ who is foolish and misguided, but he engages them successfully, resulting in several key conversions. This session explores five key lessons drawn from this passage to apply to our own practice: Go where the people are; use words they understand; give opportunity for discussion; start from where they are at, and employ the Identify, Confront, Invite model.