We now have more details online about the regional Engage XP events. Basically, where there are morning and/or afternoon events, these sessions will be geared to church growth issues and are designed for pastors, church staff and laypeople. Where there is an evening event, that portion will be an evangelistic rally for church members to bring their lost friends. Looks like a great approach.
“We just want people to be inspired, encouraged, uplifted and trained” in evangelism, says Jon Randles.
For those who live near these events — El Paso, Belton, Kingwood, San Antonio and Midland — start making plans to attend and to bring others with you. For those who live too far away, please be in prayer for these — that God will stir our people.
In response to an earlier post, a number of people have made good points about the cost of travel and the need for regional events in even more areas. Jon knows this year’s five XP events do not get into every area, and that pains him. He mentioned the Panhandle, East Texas and South Texas as not having one close. But he made a promise — if Engage XPs can be held next year, then those areas will be able to host one.
I could see a day when we had regional events rotating on maybe a two or three-year cycle, which would mean that every two or three years an area would have an evangelism event closer by. I also like the idea of simulcasting the main event in other locations.
Pray for Jon as we move forward in evangelism. He has a lot of people in his ear, and he has a passion to do as much as possible to spread the good news. Pray that he will have wisdom in moving forward.
One final note: In the earlier blog I love the way people have been supportive while offering constructive suggestions. This is such a healthy and powerful way to proceed in God’s work.