Ramez Atallah was born in Cairo, Egypt and emigrated with his family to Canada when he was sixteen. He came to know the Lord through a local church in Montreal and was discipled as a student through the Inter-Varsity group at McGill University. From 1972 to 1980 he developed and directed the ministry of the Groupes Bibliques Universitaires du Quebec. In 1980 along with his wife and two children he returned to Egypt, where he became the IFES Regional Secretary for the Middle East. He attended the first Lausanne Congress and was appointed as a youth representative to the Lausanne Committee in 1975. He served on the Committee from 1974 to 1994. In 2006 he rejoined Lausanne as Program Chairman for Lausanne III Cape Town Congress. After the Congress, he was appointed as one of the Deputy Chairs of the Lausanne Movement until 2015. Since 1990 he has been the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, the position he still holds until now.
Michael Cassidy, the founder of African Enterprise, has been involved in evangelism, teaching and leadership ministries since 1962, the year he launched AE in Pietermaritzburg. Today, AE has evangelistic teams in Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He has been instrumental in calling together several major gatherings of church leaders over the years and also played a leading role in behind-the-scenes negotiations in the run-up to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. Michael has written several books the latest being a treatise on John chapter 17, entitled The Church Jesus Prayed For. He is currently writing his memoirs. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly cricket, rugby, and tennis. He and his wife, Carol, live in Hilton, near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. They have two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.
Samuel Escobar was born in Peru, where he graduated as a teacher. Presently he lives in Valencia, Spain and teaches at the Baptist Seminary in Madrid. For 26 years he and his wife Lilly were active in work among university students with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Canada. From 1985 to 2005, he was Professor of Missiology at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) in Philaldephia, USA. He has a doctorate from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Among his books are Changing Tides, Latin America and World Mission Today (2002), and The New Global Mission (2003). Lilly Escobar passed away in 2015. Their daughter Lilly Ester teaches in Valencia, and their son Alejandro works as an economist in Washington DC.
Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years and serves as the president of Josiah Venture. He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilises and equips youth ministry trainers in over 40 countries of the world. Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education. He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University. For the past 21 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and spent the 10 years before that in Germany. Dave is married to Connie, and has three children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.
BEST PRACTICE PRESENTERS
Hélder Favarin is an evangelist, missionary and pastor. He is the founder of 180º Global/Festival 180º and the founding pastor of the church "Capítulo 29" in Granada, Spain. He is also a founding leader of RedTimoteo, a pioneer program for young evangelists in Spain and serves as a board member of Mission-Net, a European-wide youth movement and congress commissioned by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and the European Evangelical Missionary Association (EEMA). Hélder is part of OC Global Alliance, an interdenominational missionary organisation, and a member of the young leaders leadership team of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. He is the author of the booklet Algo Más (Something Else) as well as numerous articles. He holds degrees in business administration and theology, has a master’s degree from the London School of Theology, and is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has worked for a number of companies, including HSBC bank and General Motors, before devoting himself to full-time evangelistic, missionary, and pastoral ministry in his early twenties. Hélder was born in Brazil but also holds Italian nationality. He has lived in Brazil, Mexico, England, and Scotland, and he currently resides in Spain. Hélder is married to Ana, and they have four little children.
Slavko Hadzic is the pastor of an evangelical church in Bosnia. Slavko has also been an active member of FEUER (Fellowship of European University Evangelists) since 2008. Every year he speaks at several mission week conferences in universities across Europe. In addition to teaching evangelism at a Bible school in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slavko has also been involved in street evangelism for more than 15 years. The church that Slavko leads goes out regularly to evangelise on the streets of Sarajevo. Slavko is married and has two children.
Hatun Tash lived 30 years of her life in a Muslim country and was raised in a staunch Muslim family. Through the love of Christians and Christian Apologetics she turned to Christ and became an avid evangelist to Muslims. Troubled by a weak western response to Islam, she embarked on an investigative journey into Islamic ideology and Christian responses with a view to be equipped as well as equip others to courageously engage Muslims with the Gospel. She has studied a variety of topics at university, including philosophy and human rights, and is now using her skills, background, and passion for the gospel to bring many Muslims to Christ.
Tom Mahairas, founder and president of CitiVision, has spent over 40 years in New York City as a spiritual activist. His involvement includes planting and pastoring the Manhattan Bible Church for 25 years, urban education, mercy ministries, as well as training and equipping disciples for cross-cultural evangelism through the New York Gospel Outreach. Tom is an evangelist and visionary who spent his entire adult life with a focus on reaching cities holistically with the powerful and practical gospel of Jesus Christ. God is now taking that gifting and passion and using it globally to replicate Tom’s vision to reach the masses in Africa, India, Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the world.
Principles and Practice of Personal Evangelism
Many people think of evangelism as happening primarily in a large crusade. But in most parts of the world that is either forbidden or inappropriate. Billy Graham once explained that the best form of evangelism is when one person who has the good news converses with one person who needs it. In this session, Michael will give a clear outline and practical suggestions, derived from his own experience, of how we can help a friend to Christ.
Breaking the Four Barriers to Evangelism
Evangelism in Europe is often slow and many believers have never personally led anyone to Christ. Yet in this same difficult environment, it is possible to significantly increase evangelistic fruit. Most evangelism gets blocked at one of four typical barriers. Learning to break through these barriers can radically increase the effectiveness of evangelism and exponentially increase fruit. This talk will equip you to recognize and cross these barriers, and equip others to do the same.
Best Practice: Four Priorities for Reaching Youth
The greatest presence of secularism and atheism in the world is found amongst the young people in Europe. As we embrace the huge challenge of reaching the youth in this continent, there are four priorities that we should consider: technology, multigenerational leadership, proclamation and a new generation of church planters.
A Strategy of Church-Based Evangelism
Some evangelists can be known for being negative about the local church. Not Michael Green! He has vast experience of church leadership and will share how we can mobilise the whole church for mission.
An old proverb says 'It is harder to ask a good question than it is to give a good answer.' Good questions are harder to think of than we might think but they can also have a greater impact than we would expect. We will look at how we can use questions in evangelism to create interest, to bring up the topic of faith, to respond to objections and to lead people to Jesus.
Best Practice: The Power of Personal Testimony in Evangelism
One tool which we all have, regardless of how long we have been Christians, what our background is, and whether or not we have any theological training, is our personal experience with Jesus - our personal testimony. If used well, personal testimony can be a powerful tool for sharing the Gospel. Slavko will share from his experience in using personal testimony in one-on-one evangelism, seeker bible studies, and evangelistic talk and discuss how to teach others to do it.
Using Fresh Language in an Evangelistic Talk
We all shy away from dull preachers; why should we listen to them? But even the more exciting preachers often use the same old churchy words, most of which mean little to their hearers; why should they be subjected to them? In this session, we will seek to investigate fresh, vivid words which convey biblical truth in more modern dress. This is important if we want to be understood.
A Model Lunch-Bar Presentation
This session will feature a sample evangelistic talk showing how to use people's objections as an opportunity to share the gospel. The talk will engage with the objection, use good apologetics and lead to the person on Jesus. Afterwards Michael will explain how he prepared the talk and how we can learn from the example.
Best Practice: Sharing Your Faith with a Muslim
Hatun will briefly share why she is working with Muslim people and also give practical tips on how to start a conversation about Jesus and finish that conversation by inviting that individual to follow Jesus.
Models of Evangelism from around the World
Ramez Atallah, Michael Cassidy, Samuel Escobar, and Lindsay Brown
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being spread by evangelists and missionaries to the ends of the earth every day. While the message remains the same, the models of evangelism vary greatly. In this interview, we will hear from three leaders of evangelical ministries around the world. Michael Cassidy (South Africa), Samuel Escobar (Perui), and Ramez Atallah (Egypt) will provide valuable insight and inspiring stories of the Gospel going forth to all nations.
How to Handle Public Q&A
Answering apologetic questions in public is a very different challenge to doing so in conversation. We have a limited time to respond to big objections without knowing any of the background of the questioner. A good Q&A is an exciting time that is enjoyed by Christian and skeptic alike. However, there are many ways in which they can go wrong! We will look at the many pitfalls and how to avoid them!
Best Practice: City-Wide Evangelism
Bearing witness to Christ in mega-cities is one of the biggest challenges facing the global church as well as the European church today. Tom Mahairas will share from his experience in New York City and in Greece, where they have seen stadiums filled in Athens, Thessaloniki, and Katerini for evangelistic events, and where believers have reached out with fresh boldness from God in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Tom will share how they have seen God working as they seek to meet people's needs in the country of Greece.