Evangelism Network

2019 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 LEADERS

Andrzej Gorski founded Gospel Joy Ministry (Pro Novis Foundation) in 2003 and has been the president of the ministry since then. 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 Ania have planted five house churches, and Andrzej serves as an elder in the 5N (Baptist) Church in Poznan.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Lindsay Brown is a native of Wales. He studied European history at Oxford (MA) and theology at the Free Faculty of Theology at Vaux-sur-Seine, near Paris, under Henri Blocher. He has been involved in student ministry with IFES for over 40 years, serving variously as European Regional Secretary, International General Secretary and currently heads up FEUER (Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities of Europe) a network formed by a joint effort of UCCF, the British student movement and IFES, the international evangelical student body - which has as its aspiration the renewal of public communication of the gospel in the universities of Europe. He recently served as the International Director for the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization.

 

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.

 

Tim Howlett lives in the UK in a small town just south of Bristol. He has been Executive Officer of United Beach Missions since 2010, although he has been a volunteer on their summer mission teams since 1984. In fact over 2 years of his life has been spent on UBM’s weeks of evangelism. United Missions is an interdenominational organisation seeking to share the good news of Jesus on the beaches and in the cities with holiday-makers, tourists, and international students. UBM operates mainly in the UK and the Republic of Ireland but also runs teams in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland. UBM seeks to reach people who perhaps would not naturally enter a church building. Tim has been married to Alison for 30 years and they have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and one grandson.

 

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. 

 

 

Michael Ots is an evangelist and apologist based in Bournemouth, England. He speaks at University mission weeks across Europe as well as training students in evangelism. He is the author of two books, the first of which, What kind of God?, has been translated into Romanian, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, and Russian. He is also actively involved in the evangelistic ministry of his local church.

 

 

Hans Kristian Skaar has been involved in youth ministry for 25 years as a volunteer, a youth minister, a teacher, a youth ministry consultant, and for the last 8 years as director of Norwegian Lutheran Mission Youth. He lives in a small town outside of Oslo. His biggest passions are football, youth ministry, and mission, and in recent years, he has been launching new youth groups in areas without Christian youth work.

 

 

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.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Qualities of an Evangelist
Stephen McQuoid

We know what the gospel is and we acknowledge that every Christians should be a witness for Jesus Christ. However, we also need to think about what qualities good evangelists need to embody. Obviously being spiritually gifted is key, but there is also a set of qualities that we can develop which will enable us to be better evangelists. This includes obvious qualities such as approachability and boldness but also some less obvious ones such as patience and humility.

Preparing an Effective Evangelistic Talk
Michael Ots

While we might be more comfortable sharing within the context of a one-to-one conversation, as Christian leaders we may often be invited to speak at evangelistic events. How do we go about preparing a talk that will be both faithful to the content of the gospel but also connected to the culture in which we live and applied to our hearers? How do we go beyond simply stating truths and communicate the gospel in such a way as to help people see and feel its truth, beauty, and power? Whether or not you are experienced in giving such talks you will learn new tools for crafting an effective talk. Michael will draw on his years of experience of preaching in lecture rooms, bars, cafes, coffee shops, and on the streets! 
 


Day 2

Reaching People beyond the Walls of the Church
Tim Howlett

In the UK, maybe 5% attend a church of any description and only 2% attend an evangelical church. Although the figures vary from country to country, across Europe about 2.5% of the population would identify themselves as Evangelical. So how do we reach the other 97.5% or 725 million people? Given that very few of these (humanly speaking) would enter a Bible-based and Gospel-loving church, how do they get to hear the good news of Jesus? We will look at Biblical principles and concrete examples of reaching people beyond the walls of the church.

How to Train Evangelists
Lindsay Brown

When Lindsay Brown identified the need to train evangelists, he started the Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities in Europe (FEUER).  In this session, Lindsay will share what inspired the vision of a network of evangelists across the continent.  He will also give practical advice and illustrations of how to set up training for evangelists, what is involved in training evangelists, and what evangelists really need to learn in order to be adequately trained. 

 


Day 3

Compelled to Proclaim: The Passions and Principles that Moved the Early Believers to Witness
Avi Snyder

Writing to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul thanked the believers for their zeal because, “your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world” (Romans 1:8).  This forthright declaration of the gospel message wasn’t an isolated phenomenon, found only among the believers in Rome.  For we’re told that, even earlier, those who were scattered because of the persecution arising from Stephen’s death “made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch,” proclaiming the Good News first to their fellow Jews and then to non-Jews as well (Acts 11:19-21).  What motivated these early believers to proclaim their faith with such a courageous zeal and to such a far reaching extent?  What compelled them to speak openly of the Lord, often in the midst of dire circumstances and in the face of great risk?  This workshop will explore the scriptural principles and first-hand expriences that fueled the first disciples’ passion for open proclamation.  We’ll also consider how we may be motivated by those same principles in the hope that our witness might have an impact far and wide.

Confused, Alone, and Without Purpose: Can This Global Youth Culture Find Truth?
Luke Greenwood

The current urban population, connected by consumerism, social media, and the entertainment industry forms the largest global youth culture ever to exist. It spans the globe, sharing the same values, listening to the same music, watching the same movies, and sharing the same posts. They do not look to the church for answers but believe it to be a dead and empty tradition of the past. But God’s heart is broken for this lost generation and we need to make the message of his love accessible to them. In this session we want to spark a discussion on how we can start missional evangelistic movements in our secularised cities, sent from our local church.

 


Day 4

Religion in Adolescent Culture: A Calling to the Church
Hans Kristian Skaar

What do European teenagers think about religion? How important is it? What do they think about God? How do they practice their faith? Sociologist Erving Goffman talked about “frontstage” and “backstage” culture. In most of Europe the religious life of teenagers is not “frontstage.” It is “backstage” in a private room and is becoming increasingly individualistic and pluralistic.  Fewer young people are visiting our churches and youth groups or following their parent’s religion, but they are still thinking about God and religion and drawing their own conclusions. The good news is that they are less skeptical towards Christianity than a few decades ago and a little more curious than before. The bad news is that most of them will never be introduced to the Christian faith. When it comes to religion, many are left alone. Looking at research from Norway and beyond, we will consider the calling to the church to be concerned with the youth outside our churches and discuss practical principles for mission-focused youth ministry.
 

Handling a Public Q&A Session
Michael Ots

One of key parts of presenting the gospel is showing that it stands up to scrutiny. One of the best ways to do this is by inviting questions after we have spoken. However, while many of us are experienced at answering questions in conversation, we may be less equipped to handle the unique challenges of doing this in public - especially when the audience can be hostile. What do we do when one member of the audience angrily wants to take you down? How do you get people interested when at first no one wants to ask questions? How do we avoid the many pitfalls at such times. In his experience as an evangelist Michael has handled hundreds of Q&A times especially in universities across Europe. He'll help us look forward to such opportunities, rather than to fear them, and to see them as a key part of our communication. 

 

 

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