New National Evangelism Leaders Fellowship is Born
John C. Richards, Jr., Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE), recently wrote in The Exchange, “Last December (2015), we set a goal to host a bi-annual private gathering of denominational and network evangelism leaders to help promote mutual learning for all things evangelism. Based on the successful Church Planting Leadership Fellowship model, we hoped to create a peer learning community for those leaders to seek ways to advance the cause of evangelism in their respective networks and denominations. Over the next year, our staff came up with a strategy to determine what that community could look like, who should be in the room, and how we might best equip those interested with evangelism tools and practices. We ultimately decided to launch the Evangelism Leaders Fellowship (ELF). Sponsored by the BGCE, our team decided to create ELF as an invitation-only community that meets twice each year.”
Richards further reported that in early December, “we hosted and launched that group of thought leaders. We convened forty-two denominational and network leaders at Wheaton College … to hear evangelism strategies, research, and best practices. It was particularly encouraging to see that attendees were genuinely interested in hearing and learning from one another.” Richards added, “Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the BGCE and Endowed Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College began the day discussing ELF’s purpose. He shared his vision to gather key denominational and network leaders to make sure the group reflected a wide range of voices in evangelicalism.”
For the entire report on this encouraging new fellowship of evangelism leaders, and a peak into some of the strategic insights and plans shared at the December meeting, please click the link below.