Witness to the World training videos online

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Earlier this month, Witness to the World, an evangelism training resource was mailed to the pastor of every BGCT-affiliated congregation. The hope is that this resource will help encourage evangelism around the state as church leaders use it to help others learn how to do evangelism.

Witness to the World: The Six Week Experience is designed for you, the leader, who longs to ignite God’s people with hearts for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Something powerful, even God-sized, happens when we say, “We are on a mission! We want to witness to the world!” To help you be on mission and use the Witness to the World book, the BGCT has posted a series of weekly teaching videos online that can be used with the Witness to the World book to encourage believers to share their faith with people they know.

To view the downloadable teaching videos and order the Witness to the World book, click here.

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6 Responses to “Witness to the World training videos online”

  1. David Troublefield Says:

    Listening to the streaming evangelism conference on Tuesday, I appreciated Dr. Roy Fish’s admission that he failed to do all the evangelism he might have done while living in a previous neighborhood–but that he has consciously/intentionally/relationally involved himself more in the neighborhood where he lives now, and seen positive results in doing so. (Always wondered whether evangelism professors actually did what they taught us in seminary.) I’ve realized too: to evangelize the neighborhood, a guy has to be home more often than I usually am–and be more intentional about it.

    Anyone else?

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  2. David Troublefield Says:

    From a recent evangelism survey of Texas Baptist DOMs, Texas vocational evangelists, and church ministry staff members in a select Texas Baptist association:

    1. For fun: Percentage who like surveys: 10% (90%, “No”!);

    2. Percentage who consider barriers to evangelism done by Texas Baptists to be more about churches than about communities: 88% (the problem is the church doing what the church is supposed to do, not the community’s rejection of the gospel);

    3. Percentage indicating that the targets of their evangelism efforts have been individuals more than groups: 39% (more “relational” means less group-directed evangelism?);

    4. Percentage saying that the role prayer is practiced as optional in evangelism: 20% (79% indicated prayer is not practiced as optional–but where is the power of it and the transformation from it?);

    5. Percentage who said believers’ evangelism efforts should be done more independently than interdependently: 33% (“together” is considered “better” by more–yet each Christian personally has a “style of evangelism” along with his spiritual gift?);

    6. Percentage who indicated that the ethnicity of their neighborhoods is changing: 67% (ethnicity not indicated);

    7. Percentage saying that ethnic groups in their neighborhoods are unreached: 62%;

    8. Percentage who said younger generations in their communities are unreached for Christ: 64% (Texas needs mean more new churches–which are targeted at affinity groups, rather than at “people like us”?);

    9. Percentage indicating that evangelism is done more confrontationally than via service: 47% (via service: 54%; a good mix–as long as the gospel is delivered via service and/or while serving);

    10. Percentage who indicated that the evangelistic climate of their churches’ neighborhoods is cool rather than hot: 87%;

    11. Percentage saying that evangelism via church planting is seen as effective: 57% (seen as ineffective: 44%);

    12. Percentage indicating their own personal evangelism efforts are more spontaneous than intentional: 38% (more intentional: 62%).

    RESULTING SUGGESTIONS:

    1. Churches need revival, training, opportunities, celebration, persistence;

    2. Continue doing event evangelism–but strategize for follow-up with individuals when do event evangelism;

    3. Understand and practice prayer in/for evangelism;

    4. Use interdependent evangelistic efforts to strengthen independent efforts (i.e., “teach evangelism”);

    5. Evangelism strategies must include transitioning the ethnic make-up of church staffs;

    6. Intentionally focus on reaching varying ethnic groups–and varying generations–in neighborhoods;

    7. Continue evangelism via service; strengthen evangelism via confrontation (each of 6 evangelism styles must eventually open its mouth and ask, “So, if you were to die tonight, do you know without a doubt . . . ?);

    8. Include strategies for preparing communities to receive a gospel witness (e.g., Darrell Robinson/Total Church Life’s “sow down the city” with advertising pointing people to God prior to beginning an intentional witnessing effort, so that people everywhere respond to the question, “Have you been thinking about God lately?” by saying, “Yes–some church keeps on advertising about him all the time!”–We can say, “That’s my church!” and begin a conversation about why);

    9. Church-planting should target unsaved people; existing churches should evangelize more–and report accurately/completely about how they do (fill out the ACP reports);

    10. Continue both intentional and spontaneous personal evangelism efforts.

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  3. David Troublefield Says:

    My personal thoughts about the above survey results:

    (1) Start with position and passion, not vision and mission (vision and mission naturally result from position and passion; position: born-again, destined for Heaven–not Hell anymore; passion: the Lord Jesus Christ, our destiny-changer! Anything Christ wants for Himself as Lord of the universe is what believers now also want for Him!–how could we not?!);

    (2) The role of senior pastor is critical (churches using a senior pastor model of church staffing like their associate ministers–but they don’t follow those staffers as they do their senior pastors; if the senior pastor does not model evangelism and an evangelistic lifestyle, neither will his staff or congregation; cf. the research of Pat Morley/Man in the Mirror Ministry: 236,000 pages of literature review indicate this is so);

    (3) Programs for evangelism training must be sustainable–and sustained (many evangelism training approaches have not been sustained because their design/implementation defied sustainability; individuals naturally tend to latency anyway on our best days–if a program cannot be sustained due to its design, it isn’t the fault of people as much as it is the training they’ve received; people must be motivated AND be taught to practice a sustainable evangelism model);

    (4) “Becoming a Contagious Christian” concept of Willow Creek Church: it’s true, and we all know it! (there are at least 6 distinct styles of personal evangelism seen in the lives of characters presented in the New Testament; all believers: discover your style, learn to use it in approaching the unbelievers around you, partner with believers possessing differing evangelism styles to reach non-believers who may be won via them; don’t make everyone have to be Billy Graham-like if God didn’t create/recreate them that way);

    (5) The “monkey” (burden of proof) is on the lost person’s back, not the Christian’s back (believers simply are “satisfied customers” of the Lord Jesus Christ and may present the gospel as objectively as that, humbly challenging non-believers to try Him for themselves; cf. Josh McDowell–who was an unsaved college student challenged by believers who claimed their joy came from Jesus to prove it wasn’t so!);

    (6) The gospel is historic objective truth and cannot actually be changed; it isn’t more true if anyone believes it, or less true if no one does–the gospel is just true (the gospel is like a lion: it can defend itself when it’s turned loose; just turn it loose);

    (7) The BGCT has the money BUT not the manpower to assist Texas Baptist churches differently than now in great numbers over a short time (a partnership of a sort unlike now–in terms of focused intentionality to reach the state evangelistically–will be necessary; a process approach also will be necessary: identify those congregations whose demographic potential for much evangelism is great; assess the ability of each church identified for affecting much evangelism; place each congregation in a customized track leading to greater evangelistic involvement–no church has anything more important to do than to accomplish the Great Commission as a Great Commandment congregation);

    (8) Probably, more evangelism takes place among Texas Baptist churches than it appears–half of all congregations report either no baptisms or do not report baptisms (complete ACP reports more accurately);

    (9) Otherwise, the U.S. church needs an evangelist and an educator–the evangelist to call God’s people back to the practice of their positions in Christ, and the educator to show them how (else, spiritual revival will be needed again in about 2 weeks); and,

    (10) How about let’s start it today?!
    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  4. David Troublefield Says:

    Don’t know where the smiley face came from at point #8 above–but it’s a good place for one!

  5. David Troublefield Says:

    MORE ON SUSTAINING MINISTRIES IN/BY LOCAL CHURCHES (ministries like: evangelism, evangelism training, etc.; from the research of Pat Morley, Man in the Mirror Ministry)

    1. Nine Areas Which Must Be Addressed by Church Leaders in Order to Implement Sustainable Ministry Program Change—Change That Lasts:

    • Leadership of the Senior Pastor of the church
    • Vision articulated urgently/continually by the Senior Pastor
    • People targeted by the specific ministry program promoted
    • Planning for the program which considers all necessary factors
    • Resources needed by the program and participants of it
    • Execution of the program’s ministry planning model over time
    • Communication with participants and other stake-holders
    • Motivation to overcome resistance among any and all
    • Sustainability inherent to the program’s planning model

    2. Three Factors above Which Cause the Other Six Factors to Follow:

    • Leadership: Senior Pastor must champion the program/results
    • Vision: Senior Pastor must communicate vision urgently
    • Sustainability: program’s planning model must function always

    3. Morley indicates that the findings above result from:

    • 2 years of doctoral-level academic research
    • 236,325 pages read (all available related literature)
    • 653 Internet websites visited
    • 123 hours of personal interviews conducted
    • 4 congregations studied (2 effective, 1 ineffective, 1 failed)
    • 2 computer hard drives crashed
    • 1 PhD dissertation committee satisfied (Dr. Patrick Morley, A Look in
    the Mirror; Number 138, June 2006)

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  6. Cleophas Blessed Says:

    Dear missionaries,
    Praise God so much. I request you for partnership with us in our ministry. the idea behind this is to build the kingdom of God(mark16:15) We welcome every ministry gifts of God. More especially evangelists,revivalists and many others.
    Hoping to hear from you soon.

    God bless you so much as we labour together for the extention of God’skingdom and salvation of his precious souls.

    In Christ’s love yours
    Pastor Blessed Cleophas
    District overseer: Eternal church of God post office box1404
    Kamwenge -western Uganda
    Phone number:256392849985

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