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Evangelism Network

2020 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

Andrzej Gorski founded the evangelistic Gospel Joy Ministry in 2003 and has been the president of the ministry since then. Since 2016, Andrzej has coordinated the Evangelical Poland movement, which serves as collaboration platform among evangelical Christians in Poland. He graduated from law school in 2000 with a specialty in international law and completed 1 year of study at a Bible School in Warsaw. He worked in business as an Area Sales Manager in a multinational company from 2000 to 2003.  Developing Christian leaders through discipleship is another area which is close to his heart. He is deeply involved with the Life on Life Missional Discipleship movement in Poland. Andrzej and his wife, Ania (born again through the Gospel Joy ministry), have three children: Piotr, Jagoda, and Maria.  Since 2011, Andrzej and his team have planted nine house churches in Poland. In 2019 they planted Amazing Grace church in Poznan.

 

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

 

René Breuel is the lead pastor of Hopera, a church in Rome, Italy, which started in 2012 and is currently planting its second daughter church. He has an MDiv from Regent College, Canada; an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University; and is the author of The Paradox of Happiness. He is married to Sarah and is the father of two energetic boys.

 

 

Luke Greenwood is British by birth, grew up in Brazil, and now lives in Wroclaw, Poland, with his wife Ania and their two children. He serves as the European Director for Steiger, a mission organisation dedicated to reaching and discipling the Global Youth Culture for Jesus. Luke’s passion is in evangelism and discipleship among the alternative youth scenes, and has a vision to establish dynamic missionary teams to reach the secularised culture of every major European urban centre. In addition to such projects, Luke often speaks, sharing the vision of Steiger in churches and conferences, as well as teaching each year at the Steiger Missions School. Luke studied music therapy in Brazil and missiology at All Nations in the UK.

 

Kristi Mair teaches philosophy 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), a board member and speaker for Chrysolis, and an itinerant SOLAS Associate Speaker.

 

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 fellowship at Liberty Community Church in Bellshill, where Stephen is a teaching elder.   His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and Politics.

 

Hatun Tash lived in a Muslim country for 27 years but now lives in the UK. She studied various topics at university including bank management and economy, law (basic human rights), maths and physics engineering, and philosophy. She also studied apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Apologetics in Oxford, England. Hatun is the director of DCCI Ministries. She lives an evangelist lifestyle and has a big burden to share the gospel and to see the church equipped. Beside engaging with Muslims at Speakers’ Corner and in mosques every week, she is involved in Christian-Muslim discussion, debates, and Bible studies, while also teaching and training Christians to be better witnesses for Christ.

 

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

Leading an Externally-Focused, Evangelistic Church

René Breuel

Decisions for Christ should not be rare events but a regular part of church life. How do we communicate the gospel beyond the walls of our churches? This workshop will present a biblical vision for engaging our cities and share an urban church plant's experiments with seeker groups, artistic events, public debates, and cultural production.

 

Developing a Balanced Evangelistic Strategy

Stephen McQuoid

Evangelism is an activity that can take place both within a church context and also in the wider community.  Both methods are important and can achieve different things, even though the ultimate goal of both is personal conversion.  Most churches tend to concentrate their focus on church-based evangelism, believing it to be easier and safer.  However, there are bigger strategic questions that need to be asked.  This workshop looks at the need to balance the two.  It will demonstrate the benefits and challenges of both and suggest ways in which a church’s evangelism project can be strategically thought out. 


Day 2

How Do We Communicate 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.

 

How to Avoid Being an Undercover Christian: Practical Tools for Sharing Your Faith Without Fear

Andy Bannister

Many Christians hide their faith at work or university, afraid to be public about their faith in Christ. This session examines a few of the reasons for those fears, before introducing delegates to some very powerful practical tools for conversational evangelism/apologetics that can be used by anybody


Day 3

Preaching Mark’s Gospel Evangelistically

Rico Tice

How are we to preach Christ?  Mark's Gospel is crystal clear on this subject: we're to speak of the Identity, Mission and Call of Jesus.  So just about every verse in Mark's Gospel is about who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.  Mark's clarity means that we can give our church families the confidence to "let the gospel tell the gospel".  So we'll be looking at how we can open up Mark's Gospel and have Jesus walk off the pages of Scripture.

 

Self-Leadership in Joshua 7

Rico Tice

Sadly, the Christian world is constantly hearing of evangelists who have failed to lead themselves in a way that is honouring to Christ.  We'll be looking at the terrible danger of sin as it is portrayed in the life of Achan in Joshua 7, and then putting together a map that will help us self-lead and manage ourselves in terms of Biblical thinking, feelings, choices (around lust and anger), physical health and circumstances.


Day 4

How to Use Top Muslim Objections to Evangelise Muslims

Hatun Tash

As every individual is made uniquely by God, in evangelism we must engage with each of them them differently. In this session we talk through how to respond to Muslims’ objections about the Christian faith by preaching Christ crucified. We will also look at how we can use their own questions and arguments to lead them to question their own faith and bring them to Christ.

 

Responding to Key Misconceptions in a Secularized Global Youth Culture

Luke Greenwood

The current global culture is largely influenced by one predominant worldview: secular humanism. God is dead and we are at the centre. In this relativistic culture we are god, and consumerism is our religion. This is a generation that does not look to the church for answers, as it believes it to be a dead and empty tradition of the past. Either there is no God, or if He is there, He doesn’t really interfere with our lives.

In this session we will address for key false assumptions predominant in the global youth culture: 

1. We can only be sure of what we see

2. We are here by accident

3. Everything is going to be ok

4. To find God you have to be "religious"

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