Evangelismania for Life Conference Milford Delaware, June 2015

EvangelismMania For Life Conference Logo, Milford DE, June 2015 EvangelismCoach Personal Evangelism ConferenceImagine:

  • You confidently answer a question about why you follow Jesus.
  • Your friend asks you how you became a Christian and you give a clear story.
  • You share the gospel story without being tongue-tied.

Just this week, I met a church member who felt that evangelism was not doable because he felt he had

  • no talent,
  • no skill,
  • nor verbally eloquent like his pastor.

My friend lacked any confidence that he could witness to anyone.

Maybe you feel the same way. You find personal evangelism intimidating. You would rather clean a pig sty instead of talking about Jesus to your friends.

I was.

Learn how Personal Evangelism can be Natural

Speaking at Your Evangelism EventThe EvangelismMania for Life conference will help you overcome those natural fears and find fresh freedom in sharing your faith.

As you go through the seminar with Chris Walker, you’ll

  • Learn to recognize God given moments to talk about your faith
  • Discover evangelism can be as normal and natural as breathing.
  • Find and develop the four core evangelism skills you need, even if you don’t know your Bible.

Discover a compassion for the lost and learn how to share your faith.

This seminar is designed to give you a clear understanding of personal evangelism which results in a compassion that swallows fear and equips you to be effective in everyday life.

It’s designed to move you from clumsy to confident in just ONE day.

Coming to Milford Delaware, June 27, 2015

If you live in or near the Milford MD or central Eastern Shore area you don’t want to miss this FREE event. . . .

Chris will help you find the same confidence that has helps him talk about his faith in Christ to anyone who asks. He used to be the obnoxious evangelist no one wants to be and has learned core skills to make evangelism.


The seminar dispelled the fears associated with evangelism. Both personal stories and Biblical truth provided a framework from which to proceed in making sharing my faith conversationally more a part of my lifestyle.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone with a heart for becoming more verbal in their witness. — Participant


Come to learn some of the practical ways Chris has discovered to share your faith out of his research, study, and first hand real life experience from serving as a local pastor, planting two churches and doing evangelism work cross culturally in 9 different countries.

Date:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

10 a.m. Breakfast/registration,

11 a.m. Workshop I

12:30 Lunch

2 p.m. Workshop II

3:30 Break

6 p.m. Evening Crusade

Location:

Jesus Love Temple, Milford Delaware.


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Cost:

This personal evangelism seminar is free.

It is sponsored by Jesus Love Temple.

Other Notes:

  • Registration information will be shared with EvangelismCoach.org.
  • Lunch will be provided. More information as time draws closer.
  • A resource table will be available, where Chris will provide audio CDs and other items from his resources.
  • When you register online, you’ll receive a complimentary subscription to the weekly newsletter by email, every Friday at 2pm. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Register Here:

Register online for free. You’ll receive reminders as the conference draws near.

We encourage you to bring your ministry leadership team to this event.

Event is open to the public and other churches are invited to register and attend.

Who is Chris Walker?

2013ChrisWalkerHeadShot425x287Chris Walker, of http://www.EvangelismCoach.org, is the featured speaker.

He is fittingly known as the Evangelism Coach because of his extensive work with churches in the US and Latin America in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Chris is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His website has over 1000 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

He has written:

Chris has also recorded 2 CDs on church hospitality issues, authored 2 DVDs for training greeters, and a 3 DVD set on Breaking Unseen Barriers that keep your visitors from coming back. Plus, he’s recorded additional DVDS and CDs on personal evangelism. All resources will be available at the resource table. Credit Cards will be accepted.


“Fall 2010 has gone well. I believe the First Touch teams have a renewed sense of purpose and others are doing their part to apply the welcoming concepts they learned when you spoke here. I heard from many folks about how helpful and energizing it was to hear you speak.

Your talk helped us see the need to engage people, not just serve them. I think overall it was one of our most successful events ever, and was a real example of how the momentum is shifting in a positive way.” P Strachan, Midlothian VA.


Chris is a highly accessible speaker who brings a passion and energy to his workshops that is contagious.

Geoff McClean, Pastor


I feel rejuvenated in learning to pray after the Salvation Army Quest ministry workshops in Michigan. Chris is very passionate and on fire for what he speaks about. Keep up the good work!

Dean Groendal
Muskegon Corps, Salvation Army

 

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Faith Story Number 2: Your Journey to Faith

Faith Story Number 2 is the story of your own journey to faith - How You became a Follower of Christ

The story of your journey to Jesus is one of the most crucial ways that people see how Jesus is relevant to your life.

You might have had a dramatic conversion like the Apostle Paul, or a gradual awakening like Timothy.

You might be able to point to a day and time like the Apostle Paul:

  • Walking forward to an altar call, or
  • Kneeling alone in your bedroom on night.
  • Praying a “I surrender” type prayer with a friend.

Or, if that wasn’t you, you might be able to describe a Timothy style awakening:

  • “It happened, but I’m not sure when.”
  • I’ve been to church all my life, but I know that I believe.
  • I grew up surrounded by believers and I’ve always known Jesus.

No matter how it happened, you need to know your story.

You need to know your journey story in depth so that you can share relevant portions at a moment’s notice.

Different ways to describe that Journey to Faith

Gary Rohrmayer’s book (Spiritual Conversations) maps out a spiritual journey to Christ in descriptive phrases

  1. Hostile
  2. Curious
  3. Actively Seeking
  4. Surrender

Everts and Schaupp (I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus) map out the spiritual journey in phases

  1. Distrust to trust – trusting a Christian
  2. Complacent to Curious – the shift of spiritual thirst.
  3. Closed to change to open to change – hardest threshold to cross (personal life)
  4. From Meandering to Seeking.
  5. The actual conversion to the Kingdom of God (surrender).

They also pick up the biblical image of planting from Mark 4:26-29

Kevin Harney uses this same metaphor as the basis of his book: Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally.

Your Own Conversion Journey

I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit draws people to faith over time.

Even the Apostle Paul was prepared before that Damascus Road.The Journey to Faith of the Apostle Paul

In one of my seminar’s, I saw this in real life.  Read here on some of the faith stories I heard.

Each journey to faith story I listen to has more than one key turning point in the discovery of God.

That turning point might have been a

  • Sermon
  • Conversation
  • Life circumstances
  • A dream that God gave you.
  • Invitation to a church or event
  • Late night musings over deep issues.
  • A mystical and spiritual encounter with Jesus.

Think about your own conversion journey and the influences upon your life that shaped your faith.

  • Do you recall individual conversations with friends about God?
  • Do you recall different individuals who helped you while explored Christianity?
  • Do you remember important sermons where something “clicked” and it made sense?
  • Do you recall songs, art, poetry, or music that moved you to explore Christianity more?
  • Did you have some late nights pondering life issues such as is there life after death, how do you find meaning, how can you ?
  • How many times did you look at the beauty of nature and wonder about the nature of God?

Free Your Journey Story Download:

This 33 question discussion guide can help you think through elements of your story.

It’s a free download.

Get it here: http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2011/free-download-personal-testimony/

Devotional questions to help you develop your Christian Testimony. Free Download from EvangelismCoach

 

Conference: Personal Evangelism for Ordinary People – Eastern North Carolina. August 14-15, 2015

Imagine:Personal Evangelism for Ordinary People Conference August 2015 North Carolina

  • You confidently answer a question about why you follow Jesus.
  • Your friend asks you how you became a Christian and you give a clear story.
  • You share the gospel story without being tongue-tied.

Just this week, I met a church member who felt that evangelism was not doable because he felt he had

  • no talent,
  • no skill,
  • nor verbally eloquent like his pastor.

My friend lacked any confidence that he could witness to anyone.

Maybe you feel the same way. You find personal evangelism intimidating. You would rather clean a pig sty instead of talking about Jesus to your friends.

I was.

Learn how Personal Evangelism can be Natural

Speaking at Your Evangelism EventThe Personal Evangelism for Ordinary People seminar will help you overcome those natural fears and find fresh freedom in sharing your faith.

As you go through the seminar with Chris Walker, you’ll

  • Learn to recognize God given moments to talk about your faith
  • Discover evangelism can be as normal and natural as breathing.
  • Find and develop the four core evangelism skills you need, even if you don’t know your Bible.

Discover a compassion for the lost and learn how to share your faith.

This seminar is designed to give you a clear understanding of personal evangelism which results in a compassion that swallows fear and equips you to be effective in everyday life.

It’s designed to move you from clumsy to confident in just ONE day.

Coming to Eastern North Carolina, August 14 &15, 2015

If you live in or near the area, you don’t want to miss this FREE event. . . .Lunch will be available for purchase at the event for $8.

Chris will help you find the same confidence that has helps him talk about his faith in Christ to anyone who asks. He used to be the obnoxious evangelist no one wants to be and has learned core skills to make evangelism.


The seminar dispelled the fears associated with evangelism. Both personal stories and Biblical truth provided a framework from which to proceed in making sharing my faith conversationally more a part of my lifestyle.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone with a heart for becoming more verbal in their witness. — Participant


Come to learn some of the practical ways Chris has discovered to share your faith out of his research, study, and first hand real life experience from serving as a local pastor, planting two churches and doing evangelism work cross culturally in 9 different countries.

Dates:

One conference.  Two locations.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, NC

AND

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, NC

9:00a – 4:00p

Registration opens at 8:30am.

Location:

First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, NC

400 N Bayshore Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540


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Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, Sanford NC

2200 Woodland Ave 308 Turner Rd, Sanford, NC 27330


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Cost:

This personal evangelism seminar is free.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the door for $8.

It is sponsored by Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.

Other Notes:

  • Registration information will be shared with EvangelismCoach.org.
  • Lunch will be provided for a nominal cost, or you may bring your own. More information as time draws closer.
  • A resource table will be available, where Chris will provide audio CDs and other items from his resources.
  • When you register online, you’ll receive a complimentary subscription to the weekly newsletter by email, every Friday at 2pm. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Register Here:

Register online for free. Lunch will be available for purchase at the event for $8.You’ll receive reminders as the conference draws near.

Pick your site:

Friday, August 14, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville NC

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, Sanford NC

We encourage you to bring your ministry leadership team to this event.

Event is open to the public and other churches are invited to register and attend.

Who is Chris Walker?

2013ChrisWalkerHeadShot425x287Chris Walker, of http://www.EvangelismCoach.org, is the featured speaker.

He is fittingly known as the Evangelism Coach because of his extensive work with churches in the US and Latin America in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Chris is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His website has over 1000 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

He has written:

Chris has also recorded 2 CDs on church hospitality issues, authored 2 DVDs for training greeters, and a 3 DVD set on Breaking Unseen Barriers that keep your visitors from coming back. Plus, he’s recorded additional DVDS and CDs on personal evangelism. All resources will be available at the resource table. Credit Cards will be accepted.


“Fall 2010 has gone well. I believe the First Touch teams have a renewed sense of purpose and others are doing their part to apply the welcoming concepts they learned when you spoke here. I heard from many folks about how helpful and energizing it was to hear you speak.

Your talk helped us see the need to engage people, not just serve them. I think overall it was one of our most successful events ever, and was a real example of how the momentum is shifting in a positive way.” P Strachan, Midlothian VA.


Chris is a highly accessible speaker who brings a passion and energy to his workshops that is contagious.

Geoff McClean, Pastor


I feel rejuvenated in learning to pray after the Salvation Army Quest ministry workshops in Michigan. Chris is very passionate and on fire for what he speaks about. Keep up the good work!

Dean Groendal
Muskegon Corps, Salvation Army

Faith Story Number 1: What’s New Story

Telling recent stories of God's activity in the world is a must have skill for a Christian in Personal EvaneglismGod is at work in my life.

I’m learning new things from reading in Scripture.

I’m seeing God’s hand of provision for this ministry and our work in Latin America.

I’m being challenged by God’s Word to make some specific changes in my life.

The specific examples of each one of these would be the first story that every Christian should master:

I call this

The What’s New Story.

What's New Personal Evangelism Story

What are these stories?

What’s New stories describe the current activity of God in your life.

These stories answer this question:

What is God doing in your life today (in this season of life, not a 24 hour time period) that makes the gospel good news?

Surprisingly many people I encounter have a hard time answering that question.

It’s like they have lost the language to speak of God’s current activity such as:

  • how He pursued us prior to our declaring our loyalty to Him, or
  • how He has met us in current events, or
  • how He walked with us through prior suffering.

What’s New stories allow us to let our friends know that Jesus is at work in our life, no matter what circumstances we face.

Psalm 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
Psalm 73:28

Look at these two citations from Scripture.

  • Psalm 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
  • Isaiah 63:7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

What’s New stories call us to tell of ALL the deeds of the Lord.

What’s New stories call us to share “the many good things He has done.”

What’s New stories are real time evidence of your vibrant relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

An Example of What’s New stories

I used to walk with my friend on a regular basis.  (Because we have moved to a new city, we now meet weekly online to continue our faith conversations).

In one of our conversations, I brought up the topic of my small group discussion from the night before:

How do we live out our faith in the “fear of the Lord?”

The question came from Proverbs 1:7 that says

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

With the same casual nature as a friendly conversation about daily events, I reported on the conversation.

I shared some of my thinking as I interacted with the question in my small group.  I shared what felt I was learning from the Lord as I did my own self evaluation.

Talking about my small group conversation opened up nearly an hour long two way conversation that dwelt in themes like:

  • How to develop a relationship with God
  • What about the people who have never heard the gospel?
  • “All religions are true” and why that does not make any sense.
  • How sin affects each person no matter how good they think they are.
  • How Jesus reconciled us to God so that we might have a relationship with Him.
  • How many good works does one have to do to secure the blessing of God and earn a spot in heaven.

How to find these stories

I like to capture stories in my journal during my devotional time.

During my time of prayers of thanksgiving, I might make a note of how I saw God’s hand in my life the day before.

During my time of reading the Bible and writing my thoughts in my journal, I might observe a question that I might use in a conversation.

Hint: Think back over the last 30 days.  How have you seen God’s kindness at work in your life?

You might see evidence of God’s work in:

  • Guidance
  • Healing
  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • Speaking to you
  • Growing a particular fruit of the Spirit
  • A season of testing
  • To be a blessing in the life of another

To find your What’s New story, you must intentionally nurture your relationship with Christ.

You need to spend regular time with Him to cultivate the sensitivity to see His Hand at work in your life.

As you get guidance from the Lord, and take steps of obedience, you’ll live into the adventure of faith and have new stories.

When you invest the time in your devotional life, you will find new stories.

You will always have a fresh What’s New story to share.

Let me ask you this?

As a devotional exercise, write down the answer to this question:

What is God doing in your life today?

Imagine describing your answer to a non-Christian.  How would you help them see God’s activity with clarity?  How would you paint a visual picture in their mind?

A Good Friday Reminder – Jesus Changes Lives

Jesus changes lives.  If you need a fresh reminder, watch this tear jerker video of changed lives via Cardboard Testimonies

One challenge to shortening a personal testimony is to get at this core question:

What difference has Jesus made in your life?

As I watched this video below, I was struck by the power of the cross.  Real lives changed by a real Jesus.

This is what Jesus does.

Jesus transforms a life.

Jesus gives hope.

Jesus redeems the past.

On this Good Friday, remember afresh what the Lord has done for you.  Being a follower of Jesus is not simply agreement to some theological point.  It’s a living relationship with the God who can heal you, save you, and redeem you.

This Good Friday, remember the treasure we have.