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Evangelism Network

2021 European Evangelism Network

Europe is the most relativistic and pagan continent 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 lay people 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.

 

NETWORK LEADER

The Network Leader Is to Be Announced

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity in Scotland and an Adjunct Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, and his latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher. See more at andybannister.net

 

Kristi Mair teaches philosophy, ethics, and apologetics at Oak Hill College in London, UK, where she also provides pastoral support for female students. She holds a degree in philosophy and theology, as well as an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics. She is currently working on her PhD in the area of epistemology in philosophical theology, with a particular focus on Michael Polanyi, Esther Meek, and Augustine. Kristi worked for 8 years with a campus-based ministry in the UK (UCCF), and she continues to speak regularly at mission weeks and events across Europe. Kristi has a heart for engaging people with the message of Jesus, developing a Christian mind, and raising the next generation of apologists to live out our calling as disciples to love God and our neighbour. Kristi is the author of MORE > Truth (IVP, 2019), Co-editor of Healthy Faith (IVP, 2020), a board member and speaker for Chrysolis, and an itinerant SOLAS Associate Speaker.

 

Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his speaking engagements and media appearances, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture, textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students.  Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff, his wife Stephanie, and their family live in Colorado.

 

Randy Newman is the Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area. He has taught at several evangelical seminaries and is currently an adjunct faculty at Reformed Theological Seminary and Patrick Henry College. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written several books, including the award winning Questioning Evangelism, and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and two stunningly adorable granddaughters. Randy blogs occasionally at www.connectionpoints.us.

 

Zefjan Nikolla is the General Secretary of BSKSH (IFES Albania) and pastor of Emanuel Evangelical Church in Tirana. He is involved in various national and international evangelistic initiatives ranging from youth ministries to attempts to reach government leaders. He is also the director of the Albanian Leadership Forum. His passions include sports, reading, and above all, seeing his nation turn to Christ. Zefjan is married to Edita and they have two daughters, Greis and Emili.

 

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’ 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 one grandson. They are members of Spicer Street Church, St Albans. www.icmda.nethttp://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/

 

Avi Snyder serves as the European Director of Jews for Jesus, an international mission agency that relentlessly pursues God’s plan for the salvation of the Jewish people.  Avi was raised in a Jewish home in New York and came to a saving faith in Jesus in 1977 with the help of a Jews for Jesus tract and the forthright witness of Christian friends. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, the School of World Mission, with a master’s degree in missiology. Avi has served with Jews for Jesus since 1978 and has provided leadership for the ministry in Los Angeles, New York, and London, as well as establishing the work in the former Soviet Union where he lived for seven years. He and his wife Ruth currently live in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Rico Tice is the Senior Minister (Evangelism) at All Souls, Langham Place in London. Joining in 1994 during the later years of the ministry of John Stott, his main role is to help the hundreds of enquirers about the Christian faith who come through the doors of the church each year. He has also developed the Christianity Explored course, which introduces people to Jesus through studying the Gospel of Mark. Over 10,000 courses now run in over 100 countries every year, and the material has been translated into more than 50 languages. September 2016 saw the launch of a new resource from CEM called ‘Life Explored’, which is a 7 week course that unpacks sin through the lens of idolatry. Rico studied history at Bristol University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe College, Oxford (when he wasn’t playing rugby). He married Lucy in December 2008 and they have three young children – Peter, Daniel, and Mercy.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Five Lessons in Communicating the Gospel

Peter Saunders

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.

 

How to Reach Millennials and Gen Z with Biblical Truth

Jeff Myers

Stunning new research conducted by Summit Ministries and the Barna Group reveals the dramatic influence of deadly worldviews. Dr. Myers dives deep into the research and discusses the techniques Summit Ministries has found to be proven effective in reaching this generation with truth. 


Day 2

Lessons Learned from Evangelism in the Balkans

Zefjan Nikolla

Religious freedom in the Balkans over the last 30 years has provided an unprecedented window of opportunity for evangelism after 600 years of opposition to the Gospel. Generally speaking, evangelistic efforts in the Balkans have been chaotic at best and culturally offensive at worst. God has blessed the proclamation of His Word in spite of less than effective and or appropriate evangelistic methods. What are the lessons learned?

 

That Dirty Little Word – Provocation

Avi Snyder

No matter how sensitively and delicately the Gospel message is presented, the very news that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead will always provoke. For some, the provocation is rooted in the conviction of their sin to repentance and faith. Others, however, are provoked to reject, revile, and oppose the good news. Speaking the truth and speaking in love presents a unique challenge: How can we put forth a testimony that’s both loving and sensitive without rendering dull a message that by definition is sharper than a two-edged sword? This session examines the Scriptures that describe a number of qualities that produce a biblically provocative testimony – one that is both accurate and compassionate.


Day 3

Sharing Our Faith in a Pandemic

Rico Tice

The key Biblical principles for evangelism are Sovereignty, Integrity, and Creativity, but how do they combine in the face of trying to work out sharing our faith in the new era of COVID-19?  We'll use the pandemic as a case study in thinking through a new context and seeking to faithfully proclaim the gospel.

 

Five Steps for Answering Any Tough Question

Andy Bannister

What do we do when we encounter a question or challenge about our faith we haven’t heard before? Do we need to master every apologetic topic before we can feel ready to stand up and share the gospel at work or university? This session will share a simple five-step framework that, with practice, you can apply to any tough question that comes up during evangelism. It will take two or three common questions and work through them to show how it works in practice.


Day 4

Communicating Truth in a Non-Truth Culture

Kristi Mair

In a time of post-truth, virtue-signaling and relativism, do people even care about truth? When it comes to engaging with our cultural moment, how can we persuasively communicate the truth of Jesus Christ? In this session, we will explore a few philosophical underpinnings before we consider how we can share Jesus in a non-truth culture, where slogans like ‘stay in your own lane’, and ‘you do you’ dominate discussions. How can we engage, expose, enter, and evangelize in seemingly disinterested and apathetic societies? We will also spend time considering how we can share the liberating, life-giving joy of Christ when suspicion, power-plays, and corruption occupy the public imagination.

 

Questioning Evangelism for the 21st Century

Randy Newman

The gospel never changes but our audiences do—in seemingly limitless ways. How to proclaim good news, so people actually hear it, has always been a challenge for God’s people. For starters, evangelism needs to be more dialogical and conversational and less confrontational and presentational. This seminar flows out of decades of evangelistic ministry and extensive research about how people are actually coming to faith today.

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