Here are several digital evangelism programs that I have personally used in my Christian ministry over the years which may be of interest to churches, congregations, home groups, and individual Christians. Some are detailed on this website, others have not been documented here.✞
Jesus cared greatly for the children he met in his ministry. In Matthew 19.14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." The object of Sunday School teaching is to encourage children to come to Jesus. We believe that they are already members of the Kingdom of God. This program for Sunday School Renewal is a day-long event for children's work teachers in the theory and practice of Sunday School. This includes many illustrations and a new and more effective way of improving the traditional Sunday school model using more parents as teachers.✞
A Series of practical home meeting seminars for the members of a Church helps Christians to share a personal Jesus and culminates in a community, led and run by laypeople. Many people who belong nominally to the church and keep their name or family on the membership roll but who do not worship every Sunday or ever take part in the internal workings of the congregation. These are the initial target of these home meeting seminars. The actual group of committed Christians in many congregations is only a small part of the total membership. With this in mind, home meeting seminars and training sessions have been devised to reach this wider group of members. This course is supported by two leaflets: The Big Question and "Group Dynamics." These leaflets can be used to stimulate conversation, to encourage new ideas, and to provide a framework for a lively discussion on the nature of the Christian Faith in the home meeting seminars.✞
This Christian meeting series challenges a group of laypeople with the question, "What does it mean to be a Christian?" The wider membership is invited to attend these meetings to talk about their faith. Those churches who have used this particular home meeting series have found that participants enjoy it and are blessed in their Christian walks. This series seeks to stimulate conversation and interest in the congregation and some previously nominal members will become more committed. The course of preparatory study includes a role-play enactment with the lay leaders, using, The Big Question leaflet. Discussion on how to integrate Newcomers into the Congregation, aspects of using the "Group Dynamics" leaflet and setting up a Christian Meetings Series.✞
These Christian meetings will normally take place over two weeks. They should be well advertised and every member phoned and asked to participate. Individual home meetings can be located in a different part of the parish, on various days, times and aimed at specific age groups whether youth, seniors, homemakers or business people. After the Christian Meetings Series, the steering group will meet to assess the results of the campaign and to plan a future follow-up strategy.✞
This day-long series of Sunday School ministry seminars provide resources in theory and practice and includes many free sermon illustrations. The whole course is available as a free video series beginning at Sunday School Basic Training Video 1. This series offers a new and very effective way of organizing the Sunday School using parents as teachers and assistant teachers. The seminars are designed to lead your Sunday School parents and staff through an analysis of their work with children.The seminars can be a major step in the flowering of a dynamic, vital and growing children's ministry. This Sunday School Discussions material seeks to fill the gap left by many Public School Systems in Religious Education. It is not a curriculum in itself but endeavors to help you get the most out of your own chosen one. The day program may look like this. 1 INTRODUCTION
2 BASIC PRINCIPLES Questionnaire. Why Teach Sunday School? Basic Principles. The Aim of Our Work. Discussion.
3 THE WHOLE CHILD Meditation. Relationship Building. The Child's Reaction. The Growth Spiral. The Teacher's Influence. Developmental Goals. Our Approach. Discussion.
4 LESSON Preparation. Seven Lesson Characteristics. Lesson Analysis Exercise.
5 ORGANIZATION Traditional and Alternative Sunday School Structures. Discussion.
6 CURRICULUM Discussion. Syllabus Analysis. Curriculum Exercise. Closing Prayer. They have been developed from many years of experience of training and developing Sunday Schools in both Great Britain and Canada.✞
Research tells us that there are three groups of lapsed church members. The first group of people worships less than once in six weeks, the second only at Christmas and Easter, the third only for weddings, funerals or baptisms. Church Growth research also indicates that one visit to a lapsed person's home from a concerned Church Member is often sufficient to bring that person and his or her family back into active participation in church life. This visitation program aims to build up and train a small core group of Christians who will visit and encourage the partially committed and lapsed members of their church to invite them into greater involvement.✞
The Church Member Visitation program is designed to train and set in place a team of visitors who can effectively build relationships with families, friends and lapsed members of the church and others in the community. The aim is to draw them back into active participation in Church life. The visitation is based upon materials from the Ministry to the Lapsed Program (L.E.A.D. Ministries) from New York. This training material has been adjusted from my own experiences in numerous training programs carried out in England and Canada. There are normally two training sessions followed by a pre-arranged Sunday afternoon or evening visit in the area or parish. The group then gathers to discuss their findings and to invite those contacted to a special guest service on a Sunday morning. This is set up with a free luncheon or evening dinner, during which a very simple telling of the Gospel is shared and special invitations are hand-delivered to each family. The visitation team can systematically work through the church's membership list on subsequent occasions.✞
Opening Worship. Course and Personal Goals. The Message from Research. The Dropout Track (Dr. John Savage). Overview of Conversational Skills. Role Play. The practice of Conversational Skills. Bible Study Jesus and the Woman at the Well - Encountering a personal Jesus in John 4:4-14 (NIV)✞
A spiritual gift is described as a "charism" or "charismata" in the Greek of the Bible and is an extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are listed primarily in 1 Corinthians 12 Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 1 Peter 4. An example of a list of spiritual gifts is found in 1 Corinthians 12.8-10. Saint Paul notes earlier in 1 Corinthians 12.4, described the different kinds of gifts. This seminar leads a group of Christians through the discovery of their gifts using the "Ministry Discover Exercise." It then explains what these individual spiritual gifts (some 25 plus) skills (which are many) and talents (also many) mean to us and applies them to our situations. Material for this seminar is drawn from the Fuller Theological Seminary and the writings of Dr. C. Peter Wagner and other sources like The Alban Institute.✞
The "Gifts Discovery" program seeks to help Christians to discover, develop and use their spiritual gifts, skills, and talents in and beyond the church. Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12.1, "Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers, and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed."✞
The "Full Membership Ministry" evangelism program is designed to train and set in place a team of effective visitors who can visit members' homes and talk about their faith in the community.✞
"The Diagnostic Clinic" is an evangelism program designed to help a Church fully understand the meaning of evangelism, to analyze the local community, the attendance of various age groups and to set growth goals to reach out to them. This is based on the words of Jesus in the Great Commission in Matthew 28.19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." William Carey, (1761-1834) the British Missionary, made this popular in his book entitled, 'An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians.' Carey translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi and two other Indian languages. His motto was, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God."✞
This Diagnostic Clinic Seminar is designed to help understand the meaning of church growth and evangelism. The seminar produces three documents 1) Church Growth History. 2) Worker Analysis. 3) Community Setting. These are required to set growth goals for the congregation extending out ten years. The Diagnostic Clinic is based on the Fuller Theological Seminary model and adjusted for ministry in Canada. The clinic takes a church's leadership team through the basic church growth principles, the diseases limiting its ministry, the church's recent history, her people resources and its community potential. A plan is then developed to ensure continued future growth. It has been used successfully by myself with over 30 congregations in a Canadian setting.✞
Step 1 takes place eight weeks before the Diagnostic Clinic. This begins with the formation of a steering group of all ages with leadership skills as a cross-section of the congregation. Step 2 occurs six weeks before the Clinic. The production of two study documents from local sources is Step 3 three weeks before the seminar. The steering group conducts an unannounced survey of age/sex at an average Sunday morning service for reference purposes. The steering group initiates a study and discussion of the three prepared documents and from them can discover the diseases hindering growth. Members of the congregation fill out a personal questionnaire, there are a group consensus gathering and some goal setting. The steering group meets to assess the effectiveness of the clinic and to act on congregational goals, implement changes and programs. There is a follow up after a year.✞
The Parish Home Meeting program is a series of practical training seminars which take place in a home for the members of a Church to train Christians in evangelism and in how to share Jesus in a group. It is based upon the words in Acts 2.46-47 "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." We aim to add daily to our numbers. The series culminates in a home meeting blitz in the community-led and run by trained laypeople.✞