Muslim Outreach

2017 European Muslim Outreach Network

Today, Europe is dealing with Islam and Muslims on a new scale. Many Muslims are immigrating to Europe for a better life and job opportunities, impacting the social life of many European cities. Additionally, the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from the civil war in Syria is influencing every aspect of European civilization. Only Jesus can make a difference in the lives of Muslims, radically transforming their lives from hopelessness to joy.

Even though they live in Europe, millions of Muslim immigrants still have not heard the Gospel. One major reason is the lack of training for Christians to articulate their faith in a way that communicates effectively to Muslims. Additionally, many outreach tools lack an understanding of the Muslim mind, resulting in broken communications.

The goal of this network is to accelerate outreach to Muslims in Europe and plant churches among them. This network will serve, train, and equip European Christian leaders with resources and training materials that will enable them to communicate the Gospel to Muslims, as well as the ability to train others in Muslim outreach. They will also have access to regular meetings for support and encouragement held via virtual technology.

Every participant in the Muslim Outreach Network will receive a copy of Fouad Masri’s practical resources, which will help train and equip them to share the Gospel with Muslims:

We encourage those interested in Muslim outreach to:

  1. Seek God’s heart for Muslims and His will for you
  2. Apply to join the Muslim Outreach Network
  3. Download the resources and prepare for the track at the Forum
  4. Invite other leaders to join the Network

 

NETWORK LEADER

Fouad Masri is an author and lecturer born and raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon. As a third generation ordained pastor, he has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with Muslims and has been reaching out to Muslims and inspiring others to follow his example. In 1993, he founded Crescent Project to nurture transformational relationships between Christians and Muslims and to rally the Church to reach out to Muslims to share the Good News of Christ. Since then, he has trained more than 21,000 Christians to sensitively and purposefully share their faith with Muslims. Fouad has authored 14 books including Outreach Magazine’s 2015 Cross Cultural Resource of the Year Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies. Fouad lives with his wife and their two children.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Beth Grove is the European Director of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, a Christian research teaching ministry set up to equip Christians worldwide to confidently engage Islam. She has lived among Muslim immigrant communities in London for 19 years, enjoying friendship and theological discussions with close Muslim friends from many nations. She has obtained a master's degree in Islamics and currently teaches for the Pfander Centre. Pfander publicly engages Muslims on faith issues, asking probing questions of Islam’s history and developing Christian apologetics and polemics for the Muslim mind.

 

Hatun Tash lived in a Muslim country for 27 years but now lives in the UK. She studied various topics at university and has degrees in 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 works for the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, a Christian think tank, research, and teaching ministry that seeks to effectively communicate the gospel to Muslims. Hatun 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.

 

Melissa Sassi has been reaching Muslims since 1999. She spent six years reaching North Africans in France, Algeria, and Tunisia. Melissa holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas and is now on staff with Crescent Project, where she has helped equip and inspire over 4,500 believers to share the gospel with Muslims.

 

 

Ali Sassi, a former Muslim, serves with Crescent Project in the US. Ali was one of the first 10 believers in his home country, Tunisia. While enduring persecution, Ali led worship and served on the church council for the Tunisian church, which has since grown to nearly 2,000 believers. Ali has helped train over 4,500 believers in sharing the Gospel with Muslims. You may see his video testimony at crescentproject.org.

 
 

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.

 

Atef Gendy has been serving as the president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETSC), the largest and oldest protestant seminary in the Middle East, since 2000. In addition to his administrative duties, he continues his role as a Professor of New Testament at ETSC.  After initially working as a civil engineer, he served for eight years as director of a training center in the south of Egypt to help equip lay leaders for ministry in village churches. He graduated from ETSC in 1992 and was selected that same year as an instructor in New Testament. Dr. Gendy earned his PhD in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland under I. Howard Marshall. He has written study notes for the book of Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt and had served as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation (Van Dyke). He currently serves on the editorial committee for The Arabic Contemporary Commentary. He is also contributing with a commentary on Philemon and Colossians for the same project. Dr. Gendy is recognized as a leader in the Synod of the Nile (the Presbyterian Church) and the Council of Churches of Egypt.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Need of the Hour
Fouad Masri

God is on the move in the Muslim world! Join God's work among Muslims in these last days and join the Muslim Outreach Network. In this opening session, you will gain an understanding of the Muslim population, presence, church multiplication factor and how you can become personally involved. This session will include an interactive Q&A session with participants.

 

Panel Discussion: Reaching Muslim Families
Fouad Masri (moderator), Ali Sassi, Melissa Sassi, other speakers to be announced

Today's refugee crisis impacts Muslim families the most. It is with great sadness we watch the dismantling and fragmentation of Muslim families due to war, persecution, and oppression. This panel will present the basic issues and needs felt by Muslim women and children. Join us and be informed on how you can equip your community to share the Gospel with Muslims.


Day 2

Speaking Like Jesus: Communicating Effectively with Muslims
Fouad Masri

Our Savior was the master communicator. He is our model in everything we do or say. Join us for this session as we begin to investigate and research principles from the Bible on how to shine the light among Muslims.

 

Interview: What is God Doing on the Ground?
Beth Grove and Hatun Tash

What are the major issues Muslims deal with before they come to faith in Christ? This panel discussion will assist and clarify theological and social issues Muslims will deal with and how Christians are addressing these concerns. Join us as we hear of what God is doing and learn how you can play a vital role in the multiplication of the Gospel.


Day 3

Interview: What is God Doing in Muslim Majority Countries?
Ramez Atallah and Atef Gendy

Muslims are following Jesus! Join us as we hear of ways God is moving among Muslims. Hear from ministers of the Gospel and leaders from Muslim majority countries whom God is using in his Church to shine the light.

 

How to Share the Gospel
Fouad Masri

This is a foundational session for all who want to serve among Muslims. In this session you will learn the biblical asis on how to share the Gospel with Muslims. This session will sharpen your skills and equip you to share the Gospel with Muslims from all backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to learn from more than 40 years of practical experience in sharing the Gospel.


Day 4

Interview: Why I Chose Jesus
Fouad Masri (moderator), Ali Sassi, other speakers to be announced

In the last 20 years more Muslims have come to faith in Christ than the previous 1400 years. come hear Muslim Background Believers in Christ as they share God's work in bringing them to faith in Christ. This panel will respond to your questions regarding the journey Muslims take to follow Jesus.

 

Where Do We Go From Here?
Fouad Masri

The Great Commission of our great Saviour, Jesus Christ, has been entrusted to his disciples in every generation. This practical session is designed to help you impact others and lead your congregation to an effective ministry among Muslims. Acquire outreach tools and training programs that make you and your congregation multiply your effectiveness in sharing the Good News of Jesus.
 

 

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