DALLAS – Jon Randles, director of the Evangelism Team of Texas Baptists, has announced his resignation effective Dec. 31 to pursue new opportunities in evangelism and discipleship nationwide. He will continue to assist the convention as lead evangelist consultant and will provide some evangelism services under the leadership of Wayne Shuffield, director of the Evangelism/Missions Center of Texas Baptists.
“I came to this post in May 2007 with the goal of seeing evangelism and intentional outreach return to a place of priority in the hearts and actions of all Texas Baptist churches,” Randles said. “Building on the past work of great evangelism leaders, I believe we have made solid progress in returning in our churches to a hunger for reaching the lost. We have miles to go, but winning the 22 million people of Texas to a relationship with Christ is again a priority and Texas Hope 2010 has been a significant part of empowering that vision. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had and it’s been a lot of fun working with a great team.”
Randles will continue his work as an evangelist and revivalist through the Jon Randles Evangelistic Association formed in 1993 as well as his ministry with student groups, college, students and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Two opportunities to write nationally have also played into his decision. Through the new role of lead evangelism consultant, he will continue to aid the convention through the work of the Evangelism/Missions Team.
“It has been a great honor to serve with the BGCT as director of evangelism, and I believe my work in this role is done. There are a number of opportunities that I believe that I must pursue for me to continue in God’s will,” Randles said, “I look forward to continuing to help Texas Baptist churches achieve success in leading Texans to a relationship with Jesus and aiding the convention as a consultant.”
The convention’s evangelism efforts took significant steps forward under Randles’ leadership. The Hispanic youth and singles evangelism event, Congreso, has attracted record numbers of participants, with 731 making decisions for Christ at this year’s event. The Hispanic Evangelism Conference doubled to two major events with more expansion planned in the future. The 2009 Super Summer enrollment was the highest since 1999, growing from four sessions to five with a sixth week planned for 2011.
The Engage evangelism conferences were launched across the state, increasing the number of sites each year as well as the number of participants. Roughly 6,700 persons received evangelism training at the 2009 Engage events with an expanded number of conferences set for 2010. Texas Baptists Executive Director Randel Everett praised Randles’ work as evangelism director and looks forward to continue serving alongside him as lead evangelist consultant.
“Texas Baptists have always had a strong commitment to evangelism, and Jon Randles has continued to lead the BGCT in that direction,” he said. “He has been a strategic leader among our churches and institutions in equipping us for Texas Hope 2010. I believe we will see growth in baptisms because Randles has renewed our commitment to this foundational discipline.”
Wayne Shuffield, director of the Evangelism/Missions Center of Texas Baptists, thanked Randles for his friendship and ministry, believing Randles will continue to play a vital role in helping Texas Baptists share the gospel in days ahead.
“I deeply appreciate Jon as a friend and know him as one the top evangelists of our generation,” Shuffield said. “Jon has provided leadership during his tenure among Texas Baptists as director of evangelism with intentionality and focus to reach Texas for Christ. I am grateful we will continue to benefit from his zeal and influence through his new role with the evangelism/missions center. The evangelism priority continues to be imperative to all Texas Baptists, and Jon will continue to play a vital role for us in this priority.”
Randles encouraged Texas Baptists to make evangelism a priority.
“I deeply believe that virtually all of our leaders and churches believe in the importance of evangelism,” Randles said. “We just need to help and encourage them to make it a priority. I look forward to continuing to help Texas Baptist churches get it done. Texas needs to know Jesus.”
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