Evangelism: Learn How to Reach Out

 

7/18/2019

While no ministry in the local church is more vital than evangelism, in most congregations it is a scary word -- and its intentional application is rarely found, says the Rev. John Zimmerman, Conference General Evangelist and church consultant. 

To address the situation, John and his wife Christine Zimmerman, also a Conference Evangelist, will offer Evangelism Leader’s Training for up to 15 people in each of WPAUMC’s 10 districts this Fall. It will include 10 hours of online class time over two weeks through BeA Disciple.com and a one-day on-site session in each district. Classes in some districts begin in early September. 

The online portion of the class, available through BeADisciple.com,   will provide the theology and doctrine of evangelism, while the daylong session will equip participants with practical tools and resources to recruit, train, and lead an effective evangelism team in their local church.

The Zimmermans, through their About Face Church Outreach Consultants (AFCOC) ministry will follow-up, as requested, with professional leadership coaching for the evangelism servant-leader or a team through online conferencing.

The cost per student is just $60, including all books and material, thanks to support from the Western PA Conference and a grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Western PA. Other sponsors are the Conference Evangelism Team and BeADisciple.com. Additional funding available through the Indiana District will reduce the cost for its participants to just $27.  

The text for the class is “Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith” (Knight & Powe). It is an approved textbook for Lay Servant Ministry, so successful completion of the class will count as an advanced course to renew recognition as a Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker, or Certified Lay Minister. Clergy may also receive CEU credit.

Register at www.af180.org/evang-leaders-training.
Questions?  Contact Rev. John Zimmerman at 814-490-4297 or john@af180.org
Read UM News story about the Zimmermans' efforts to revitalize churches.

Dates, Times and Locations

Butler District 
Online Course: October 7-18, 2019
Onsite Class: October 20, 2019
2pm-7pm Central UMC, Beaver Falls

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

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

Franklin District
Online Course: September 16-27, 2019
Onsite Class: September 29, 2019
2pm-7pm Location to be determined 

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

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 

Johnstown District
Online Course: September 16-27, 2019
Onsite Class: October 5, 2019
9am-2pm at Oakland UMC
1504 Bedford St, Johnstown, PA 15902

Kane District 
Online Course: September 2-13, 2019
Onsite Class: September 21, 2019
9am-2pm -  First UMC
200 Market St, Warren, PA 16365 

Pittsburgh District
Online Course: October 7-18, 2019
Onsite Class: October 19, 2019
9am-2pm  Location to be determined

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