Tools for Evangelism

40 Days of Love: A Devotional to Live Out a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle

Posted on August 07, 2017

40 Days of Love: A Devotional to Live Out a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle

40 Days of Love, by Kathy Branzell and Chris Vannetti, is a devotional to help Christians pray for, care for, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with at least ten people in their sphere of influence over forty days in a way that is beyond the norm. Each day's devotion focuses on how you can experience God s love and then express it in practical ways to those around you.

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Maximize Your Fall Outreach

Posted on August 07, 2017

Maximize Your Fall Outreach

Fall is coming fast and it's a great season to sharpen your outreach as a church. Mission Group is working to provide robust, online resources for pastors and church leaders and their newest is a guide to help maximize the impact of your church this fall.

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15 Days Hindu World Prayer Guide

Posted on August 07, 2017

15 Days Hindu World Prayer Guide

The NEW annual Hindu World Prayer Focus calls Christians and churches worldwide to take 15 days, during the significant Hindu Festival of Light (called Diwali) to learn about and pray for our world's over one billion Hindu neighbors.  The informative prayer guide booklets (preorder now) will help Christians to know how to pray for the people(s) growing up within this major and very diverse world religion. 

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Making Your Life Count

Posted on August 07, 2017

Making Your Life Count

This site by Cru offers you simple, practical and powerful ways to help you make your life count. 

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CAMPUS MINISTRY: 250 Evangelism Ideas

Posted on August 07, 2017

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 250 Evangelism Ideas

250 tried and proven strategies that have been used on campuses around the country. Creative, effective, cutting-edge ideas compiled from 170 Campus Crusade movements. Give a copy to your student leaders and it will not only give them ideas, but inspire their own creativity in reaching the campus.

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Joni and Friends Training & Education Resources

Posted on August 07, 2017

Joni and Friends Training & Education Resources

Whether you’re an individual seeking to learn more about disabilities, a church wanting to start a disability ministry, or even an educator searching for resources for your classroom, Joni and Friends can help! Click on the link below and find a vast assortment of assistance under the following categories: Individuals & Families, Churches, K-12 Educators and Higher Education

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Practical Ideas for Congregational Prayer

Posted on August 07, 2017

Practical Ideas for Congregational Prayer

In this blog post, Praying Church Movement founder, P. Douglas Small, shares, “What we need in the church is not merely more prayer activities, but a ‘culture of prayer.’ The goal should be for the entire church to embrace prayer as the norm!”

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Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God

Posted on August 07, 2017

Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God

Praying with Eyes Wide Open shows us how to make continuous prayer a natural part of our lives rather than something on our daily spiritual checklist. It helps us encounter God in new ways as we learn to: 1) open our eyes to see his presence and the world around us, 2) open our ears to hear his voice, 3) open our hearts to experience freedom and power as we pray, 4) and open our lives as we pray for and with others. Anyone desiring a richer, more transformative prayer life will welcome this fresh take on conversing with our Creator.

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Prison Ministry Training Resources

Posted on August 07, 2017

Prison Ministry Training Resources

Prison Fellowship’s Training Resource Center provides stories of new hope, practical resources for ministry, and preparation for taking action as a volunteer. PF’s goal is to equip volunteers and churches to serve prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families – so hearts can be healed and lives restored.

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Social Media Training Videos

Posted on August 07, 2017

Social Media Training Videos

Here is an excellent site on disciple making movements that includes a series on understanding and effectively utilizing social media. Click the link below to watch the intro video before moving on to the rest of the videos.

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be • coming • us: Enlarging the Circle to Welcome Everyone

Posted on July 07, 2017

be • coming • us: Enlarging the Circle to Welcome Everyone

be·coming·us: Enlarging the Circle to Welcome Everyone is an attempt to inform, include, and inspire us to do just that through a small group video series.  The goal of be-coming-us is to lovingly engage two of the least understood groups in the U.S.—people with refugee status and international students—in mutual and empowering relationships.

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Five Ways to Bless Your Neighbors

Posted on July 07, 2017

Five Ways to Bless Your Neighbors

The Verge Network provides a great video where Dave Ferguson shares five ways to bless your neighbors. 

In this post, Dave says, “From the very beginning, God’s way of reaching and restoring the world has always been through what I would call a blessing strategy…how do we in a very practical way that’s theologically grounded explain to people how they could bless people in places they are incarnating? Click the link below to find the video and a synopsis of Dave’s five ways to bless your neighbors.

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BOOK: Old Paths, New Power

Posted on July 07, 2017

BOOK: Old Paths, New Power

Daniel Henderson, who leads a growing church revival ministry, guides you through the essentials of sparking a spiritual renaissance, including: Being a leader who walks with the Lord - Developing a strong prayer culture in your life and ministry - Preaching with unction, dependence, and integrity - Equipping every saint for the work of the ministry - Embracing the sufficiency of the gospel.

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BOOK: Prayer – The Heart of It All

Posted on July 07, 2017

BOOK: Prayer – The Heart of It All

Prayer: The Heart of It All discusses prayer fundamentals; the four critical elements: at-home daily prayer, the church at prayer, intercessory prayer and prayer evangelism; and how to apply each of these to create a great awakening in yourself, your church, your sphere influence and the world. 

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Art of Neighboring Resources

Posted on July 07, 2017

Art of Neighboring Resources

Authors of The Art of Neighboring, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon share on their web site: A few years ago, twenty-one churches in Arvada, Colorado united to start a neighboring movement in our community. We kept things simple and challenged the people in our congregations to take the next small step with their literal neighbors. The movement has spread, and to date over 1,000 churches are using the Art of Neighboring resources. If you are interested in starting a neighboring movement in your community, or if you would just like more information about what we’re doing, check out our resources page (Click the link below).

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Discovering Unreached Peoples in Greater Los Angeles

Posted on July 07, 2017

Discovering Unreached Peoples in Greater Los Angeles

The May 2016 edition of The Global Prayer Digest provides a great introduction and prayer focus on the unreached people groups living in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area. If you are part of mission committee of a local church in the Greater LA area, click the button below, peruse the May digest, and catch a glimpse of the diverse people groups God has brought to Greater LA’s 300-plus cities and get in touch with Jerome Hannaman of the SoCal Mobilization office of Frontier Ventures to inquire about how your church could get involved in reaching out to one or more of these peoples. 

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Theology of Work Bible Commentary

Posted on July 07, 2017

Theology of Work Bible Commentary

The Theology of Work Bible Commentary is an in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of 138 biblical scholars, pastors and working Christians. The commentary is available for free in its entirety online. Laid out book by book, click on any book of the Bible link to start reading.

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Marriage Mending

Posted on July 07, 2017

Marriage Mending

Eric Metaxas on Breakpoint introduces his readers and listeners to a powerful ministry called Marriage Savers whose purpose is to prepare couples for successful marriages and to heal marriages that have become broken.

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Barna Cities Reports

Posted on June 09, 2017

Barna Cities Reports

With Barna’s new Cities reports, you can get an expanded, new view of your city and larger market area, and gain a greater understanding of the people you’re trying to serve. What denomination are most residents in your city? How often do they attend church? How often do they open their Bibles? What’s their age, gender and ethnic makeup? Get answers to these questions and many more with these reports, featuring 256 data points. State reports are available as well.

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Impacting Communities & Cities Through Prayer, Care, Share

Posted on June 09, 2017

Impacting Communities & Cities Through Prayer, Care, Share

This online dual-screen presentation by Mission America’s Phil Miglioratti provides you church with an excellent way to introduce your leadership team, staff, small groups and Sunday Schools to the what, why and how of embracing and living out a Prayer, Care, Share lifestyle.

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BOOK: Good Faith

Posted on June 09, 2017

BOOK: Good Faith

Many Christians today feel overwhelmed as they try to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to their beliefs. Politics, marriage, sexuality, religious freedom —with an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion.

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BOOK: The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations

Posted on June 09, 2017

BOOK: The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations

The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, modeled by Jesus, will help you talk about God with anyone. This growing line of 9 Arts resources (by Q Place) includes hands-on discussion and practice guides for you and your church so that making new disciples can become a natural part of life.

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BOOK: Honest Evangelism

Posted on June 09, 2017

BOOK: Honest Evangelism

TheGoodBook.com provides the following description of Rico Tice’s new book, Honest Evangelism, “Most of us find evangelism hard, but there is no greater joy than seeing people come to Christ Jesus. This realistic and humorous book by Rico Tice will help prepare and encourage you to be honest and bold in your evangelism, presenting the gospel fully and properly, even when it's tough.” You’ll also find helpful reviews of this book as well as a trailer and video interview of the author.

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Loving All Neighbors – Casting Vision for Reaching Entire Cities with Prayer-Care-Share

Posted on June 09, 2017

Loving All Neighbors – Casting Vision for Reaching Entire Cities with Prayer-Care-Share

Until now, reaching a whole city for Christ was only a vision of a few leaders that went unrealized because the means and methods to accomplish the task were unavailable. Now that vision can literally become an accomplished mission for a city of any size. With churches working together, we can literally see every household in America prayed for and reached with the Gospel. Go from mission impossible to mission possible to mission accomplished as churches unite for Loving All Neighbors. Loving All Neighbors is also casting a nationwide vision for equipping and resourcing churches to reach their ethnic neighbors effectively.

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John Klaassen on Engaging with Muslims

Posted on June 09, 2017

John Klaassen on Engaging with Muslims

JD Payne, provides an excellent interview with Dr. John Klaassen, missionary for 18 years, professor, pastor, and author of Engaging with Muslims: Understanding Their World; Sharing Good News (JD highly recommends this book for church members). 

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Missionary Training

Posted on June 09, 2017

Missionary Training

Are you looking for practical, hands-on training before going overseas? Do you want to earn a Bible degree while actually doing cross-cultural missions? Are you wanting to get your feet wet in missions or take a "gap year" before making a long-term commitment? 

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Reasons To Believe : Where Modern Science & Faith Converge

Posted on June 09, 2017

Reasons To Believe : Where Modern Science & Faith Converge

Reasons To Believe’s mission is to spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research—including the very latest discoveries—consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature. Reasons to Believe spokespersons do not attack ideas but rather aim to present research and start a conversation—because people deserve respect and a safe forum for discussing their views. Visit their site to find resources, events listings, newsletters and to find a possible chapter in your city or county.

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Awaken – Communities United to End Sex Trafficking

Posted on June 09, 2017

Awaken – Communities United to End Sex Trafficking

Through lobbying and outreach efforts, Awaken is reaching a diverse cross-section of Nevadans from grassroots supporters to policymakers. Awaken also empowers individuals with the information and resources they need to combat sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and offers year-round workshops and trainings for law enforcement, social service, and faith based agencies.  They also perform outreach through special events and media campaigns and through a Professional Network program, community members provide a wide array of in-kind and pro-bono services to the women and girls served.  

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The Prison Fellowship Academy Breaks the Cycle of Crime

Posted on June 09, 2017

The Prison Fellowship Academy Breaks the Cycle of Crime

Two decades ago, when the Prison Fellowship Academy launched, it was the boldest experiment ever attempted in prison ministry. Most people scoffed at the idea that even the best evangelism, discipleship, and training regimen could truly transform a prisoner. But the critics were wrong. The Academy has proved that God’s love and power can restore even the most ruined life.

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3 Ways to Exhort the Aging

Posted on June 09, 2017

3 Ways to Exhort the Aging

Aging people experience progressive losses: parents, friends, colleagues, career, driver’s license, and perfect health. Then life-threatening health challenges are encountered, usually heart disease or cancer. And finally, there is the certainty of death. In these realities, though, there are implicit spiritual incentives to grow. In this blog post are three ways to encourage and exhort the aging.

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Devotional of Prayers - Complimentary and Online

Posted on June 09, 2017

Devotional of Prayers - Complimentary and Online

There are many wonderful devotionals to be found in the English language, but here is an extremely rare devotional made up entirely of prayers. Each day’s reading is taken from, Valley of Vision, which is listed as the fourth most ordered book on prayer through Amazon.

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Jesus Now: God Is Up to Something Big

Posted on May 12, 2017

Jesus Now: God Is Up to Something Big

Dr. Tom Phillips, Vice President of the Billy Graham Library, recently released Jesus Now with a view to the times we are living in and his conviction that the spiritual signs of impending revival are all around us. Following is but one of many quotes encouraging others to take up and read Dr. Phillips book: “Perhaps one of the most important aspects of revival is the hope that God is not done with us yet and is preparing to do a new thing in our midst. 

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Bibles for Syrian Muslims - Open Doors USA

Posted on May 12, 2017

Bibles for Syrian Muslims - Open Doors USA

Open Doors reports, “Syrian Muslims are going to church, thirsty to know more about God. And our partners on the ground have sent an urgent request for Bibles. Every $5 you give today will put God’s Word into the hands of a Syrian Muslim, and could make an eternal difference.” 

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How Orality Gives You a More Powerful Testimony

Posted on May 12, 2017

How Orality Gives You a More Powerful Testimony

Truthsticks founder, Mark Snowden shares, “Your testimony is a powerful story, but it is so often neglected. In evangelism training that I lead I often hear well-intentioned men and women give their testimony. But if you put on what you know about orality, there are vivid clues on how to improve how a follower of Jesus communicates their personal conversion experience.

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Storying, Technology & Evangelism

Posted on May 12, 2017

Storying, Technology & Evangelism

Samuel Chiang shares, “We all have our favorite apps. For the tools of the gospel in a different language, I default to either Bible.IS or Jesus Film, both of which have over 1400+ languages easily accessible. I first need to make a decision, however, if they would prefer to listen or watch the app. If they are from a culture that has passed on traditions successfully, I default to listening to audio scripture since they more accustomed to listening. If they are of the millennial generation, I generally invite them into the choice of the media decision. Finally, if they are driving, I will simply default to listening to audio in their own language.”

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Generations-Defined-Sociologically Chart

Posted on May 12, 2017

Generations-Defined-Sociologically Chart

Here’s a helpful chart for recognizing various characteristics of today’s the various generations living today – from The Builders to Generation Z – including: what music they like, influencers, financial values, learning formats, preferred leadership styles and many others.

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10 Ways to Strengthen the Partnership between Home and Church

Posted on May 12, 2017

10 Ways to Strengthen the Partnership between Home and Church

Paul Toutges, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, in Cleveland, Ohio, recently wrote in his blog, “A strong partnership of parents (and grandparents) and Sunday School staff is essential to the spiritual growth of our children.” He continues, “If you’re a parent, here are (ten) practical ways for you to take advantage of the partnership with the church in helping your child grow spiritually:

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New Release: Teen Life Soulutions, a Relevant Resource for Urban Youth Engagement

Posted on May 12, 2017

New Release: Teen Life Soulutions, a Relevant Resource for Urban Youth Engagement

The Teen Life Soulutions curriculum equips youth workers with tools to mentor and disciple urban youth and addresses key youth issues in a relevant and needed manner. Teen Life Soulutions is for youth between the ages of twelve and eighteen years old, is full of great teaching points, exciting role-plays and object lessons, makes learning biblical life-skills fun, and can be used in any setting where there are adults committed to impacting youth.

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GRIP – Reaching Hundreds of At-Risk Teens in Chicago

Posted on May 12, 2017

GRIP –  Reaching Hundreds of At-Risk Teens in Chicago

GRIP Outreach For Youth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to address the needs of fatherless teenagers in Chicago’s inner city. Connecting these youth with caring Christian mentors to build “life-on-life” relationships, GRIP provides programs and recreation to develop young people spiritually, mentally, and physically. Since its founding in 2004, GRIP has introduced a father-figure and the hope of Jesus Christ into the lives of hundreds of at-risk teens who desperately need someone to love them and walk life alongside them.

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Multi-media, Audio Bible Reaches Youth with Low Reading Skills

Posted on May 12, 2017

Multi-media, Audio Bible Reaches Youth with Low Reading Skills

Producing an urban tailored audio Bible with multimedia tools is a monumental task. It requires vocalists, musicians, producers, videographers, writers, and editors working in conjunction to produce the multiple projects Streetlights offers. The result of professional gifts merged with the powerful content of the Word of God is dynamic! You have to listen, watch and engage to truly understand. The driving force behind Streetlights is a passion to see youth with low reading levels and limited knowledge of the Bible engage and learn the Word of God.

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Wait no More: Finding Families for Waiting Kids

Posted on May 12, 2017

Wait no More: Finding Families for Waiting Kids

Through one day events and targeted marketing campaigns, Focus on the Family is highlighting the urgent need for adoptive parents. For too long, these children and youth have been overlooked. But that is changing. God is stirring the hearts of His people to welcome these children and youth into forever homes. 

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Angel Tree Camp 2017 – A Very Special Way to Care for the Families of Prisoners

Posted on May 12, 2017

Angel Tree Camp 2017 – A Very Special Way to Care for the Families of Prisoners

This summer, Prison Fellowship has an amazing opportunity to send 14,000 prisoners’ children to camp. That’s twice as many as ever before! These kids are hurting. They are all too likely to follow in their parents’ footsteps. But you can help, and your gift today to send a prisoner’s child to camp will be doubled by a matching grant—up to $25,000.

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Brio Magazine is Back!

Posted on May 12, 2017

Brio Magazine is Back!

Focus on the Family directed their Facebook readers to the recent New York Time’s article to highlight the return of Brio magazine for teenage girls (Evangelism Connection is also referring to this same article as it currently offers the best review).

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30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ

Posted on April 05, 2017

30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ

In this article, Kevin Harney, Founder and Visionary Leader of Organic Outreach Ministries International, shares how “the local church has a massive gravitational pull that seems to draw believers inward toward each other rather than propel them out into the world with the love and message of Jesus.” As a remedy to this, he goes on, “If Christians are going to have a transformative and lasting impact on the world, we must commit to a rigorous rhythm of infusing four critical elements into our hearts and lives. When we do this, we will be thrust out of the church and into the world.”

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40 Verses about Evangelism from the Jesus Film Project

Posted on April 05, 2017

40 Verses about Evangelism from the Jesus Film Project

While some are called to the full-time ministry of evangelism, we are all called to share the gospel. Here are 40 verses that give insight into this privilege/responsibility. Some of these verses are instruction, and others can be memorized in order to inspire you to speak boldly of what God has accomplished in Christ for each of us.  

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May I Pray for You?

Posted on April 05, 2017

May I Pray for You?

There are all kinds of ways Christians should pray as we engage in outreach. I believe one of the most important and powerful ways to pray is actually praying with non-believers. As we do this, God shows up, the Spirit moves, and hearts become tender. The next time you are with someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus, don’t be shy to ask, “May I pray with you right now?”

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Use Drop-Offs to See Evangelism Takeoff

Posted on April 05, 2017

Use Drop-Offs to See Evangelism Takeoff

Sean Vollendorf, Regional Director for Student Mobilization in Fayetteville, Arkansas, shares about the power of leaving “drop offs” for people to read, listen to or watch as a strategic means of helping non-believers move closer towards a saving faith in Christ. 

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Order Bulk Quantities of Our Daily Bread

Posted on April 05, 2017

Order Bulk Quantities of Our Daily Bread

The quarterly Our Daily Bread daily devotional can serve as a powerful tool to daily deepen believer’s faith in Christ, but it is also great for helping to lead unbelievers to place their faith in Christ. Order bulk quantities of Our Daily Bread to be sent directly to your church or organization. Encourage your members to sensitively share them with neighbors, school mates and work mates as they develop a prayer-care-share relationship with them. To place your order, indicate the quantity of booklets you need each quarter using the online form found at the link below.

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WEBINAR: Reaching the Nations: Right Here! Right Now!

Posted on April 05, 2017

WEBINAR: Reaching the Nations: Right Here! Right Now!

Are you globally minded? Do you want to reach the nations? You don’t have to drop everything, fly to a distant land, learn a foreign language and raise support to reach the nations. Over three-quarter of a million International Students come to study in the US each year. Many of them are from closed or restricted countries. Learn how you can reach the world at your door step with International Student Ministry!

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Language Learning Opens Doors

Posted on April 05, 2017

Language Learning Opens Doors

If your cross-cultural ministry means working with the unreached who have come to your own country, you don’t need to learn their language—or do you? Caleb and Sarah, Pioneers who work with Muslim refugees and immigrants in the US, look at it differently. “We think it is better to share the gospel in the language of the people,” Caleb explains. Caleb is thinking globally. Just a handful of individuals in this group have come to know Christ, and church-planting efforts have yet to succeed in any part of the world where they live. Caleb hopes that by working in the language of the people, evangelism and discipleship efforts have the potential to go further. “We don’t want it to stop in America,” he explains.

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An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance — A Hillsdale College Online Course

Posted on April 05, 2017

An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance — A Hillsdale College Online Course

Hillsdale College continues to offer their online course, “An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance”, examining Lewis’s philosophical and literary writings and their significance today. Hillsdale College also offers a catalog of free online courses taught by its faculty in subjects including the Constitution, education, great books and economics. More than 830,000 students have generated more than 1.2 million course enrollments since the program launched in fall 2011.

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BOOK: Watch ~ Wide Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep

Posted on April 05, 2017

BOOK: Watch ~ Wide Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep

Watch is a study in the “Stay awake” “Be alert” passages of the New Testament. An exploration of how to remain watchful and wakeful, and the reasons why. Running through the Gospels and epistles is a clear, consistent theology of wakefulness. Biblical truths and teachings given by God to create in us and sustain in us, spiritual alertness. Watch is utterly unique in its focus and synthesis of this crucial teaching

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CS Lewis: Preparing for Easter Devotional

Posted on March 10, 2017

CS Lewis: Preparing for Easter Devotional

In many Christian traditions, the period before Easter is seen as a time of spiritual preparation for the day we later celebrate and welcome the "grand miracle" Christ accomplished on the cross. In these anticipatory days, many Christians choose the spiritual discipline of reading a devotional work each morning to help keep their focus on God. Preparing for Easter puts together fifty readings from a broad swath of Lewis's works, many of which come from books and essays that few people encounter but which still embody Lewis's character wisdom, for just this purpose.

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By His Wounds the World Is Healed

Posted on March 10, 2017

By His Wounds the World Is Healed

The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism has created a 40-day image-based resource to encourage you to reflect daily on what it means that Jesus was a good news bearer and how we can follow in His footsteps. By His Wounds the World Is Healed is designed to journey you to a place where, as you encounter Jesus, your heart beats more for those without Jesus and you find yourself engaged more and more in faith conversations. We will post one each day from March 1 – April 16.

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Book: (im)Possible: Discover the Joy of a Prayer, Care, Share Life

Posted on March 10, 2017

Book: (im)Possible: Discover the Joy of a Prayer, Care, Share Life

Offering years of personal experience, author and teacher Lon Allison's prayer, care, share method of evangelism clarifies and simplifies the witnessing life. Embrace new attitudes and you will begin the journey of a lifetime. Once you begin to pray regularly for unbelievers and your life of witness, your compassion rises. Once your compassion rises, you gain power over the fear factor that paralyzes many from sharing their faith with others. Now's the time to dare - what are you waiting for? You were made for this!

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Seek God for the City Prayer Campaign

Posted on March 10, 2017

Seek God for the City Prayer Campaign

Pray powerful prayers of biblical hope for the people of your community. This 64-page prayer guide makes it easy for you to pray rich, biblical prayers for spiritual awakening throughout your city. Dated to unite prayer during the 40 days to Palm Sunday, March 1 to April 9, 2017. Click the link below to find out more about how Seek God for the City can help your church unite and focus prayer for your community.

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On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement

Posted on March 10, 2017

On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement

With teachings from Scripture and powerful stories from his urban context, pastor Doug Logan will help you change the story on your own block, wherever that may be. If you are a pastor trying to mobilize your church, or a Christian trying to live with purpose, this theology of missions will help … inspire you to do what matters, take steps of faith, and watch God work. 

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3 Keys to Difficult Conversations in Ministry

Posted on March 10, 2017

3 Keys to Difficult Conversations in Ministry

Carl Kuhl, lead pastor at Mosaic Christian Church in Elkridge, Maryland, shares, “God has called us to lead. Part of leadership is confronting people when they need correction. I have found these phrases enable me to speak the truth in love as I lead our people to live out God’s kingdom here on earth.”

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The Irresistible Church: Helping People Affected by Disability to Fully Belong

Posted on March 10, 2017

The Irresistible Church: Helping People Affected by Disability to Fully Belong

Luke 14 commands Christ followers to “Go quickly. . . find the blind, the lame, and the crippled . . . and compel them to come in!” While this sounds inspiring and daunting, exciting and overwhelming, motivating and frightening, all at the same time, what does it actually mean? How do we live and function within the church in such a way that families affected by disability are compelled to walk through our doors to experience the body of Christ? The Irresistible Church website and blog was created especially to help churches become an “authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong.”

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Infographic: 500 Years of Protestantism

Posted on March 10, 2017

Infographic: 500 Years of Protestantism

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity recently produced an infographic commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestantism. Growth Charts, demographics and timelines provide a bird’s eye view of the global spread of Protestantism.

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Mission ConneXion 2017 on Audio

Posted on March 10, 2017

Mission ConneXion 2017 on Audio

If you weren’t able to make this year’s Mission ConneXion 2017 conference in Portland, there are dozen’s of audio recordings from a very broad spectrum of expertise to choose from. Great for deepening local church missions committee expertise and helping individuals, couples and families discover how and where their lives can impact the nations, overseas and in their own neighborhoods.

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Find a Mom’s in Prayer Group

Posted on March 10, 2017

Find a Mom’s in Prayer Group

Are you looking for a place to share life with other moms who will understand your concerns? Do you have the desire to pray for your children, their schools, and the other children in your community? Moms in Prayer International is on a mission to cover the world in prayer and has mom’s prayer groups that fit every kind of mom: pre-school, elementary, jr hi & high school moms, home school moms, moms of special needs children, college kid’s moms, and more. 

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Book: Cold-Case Christianity for Kids

Posted on March 10, 2017

Book: Cold-Case Christianity for Kids

In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

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Exegete Your Culture - Free download from Ed Stetzer

Posted on March 10, 2017

Exegete Your Culture - Free download from Ed Stetzer

The concept of cultural exegesis is simple. You have a context, a culture in which you live, where you look to preach the gospel, love your neighbor, and worship your God. Cultural exegesis studies the culture, and learns what people in that culture love, fear, value, and so on. This resource will guide you to understand the culture so you can speak the Gospel into your context with the utmost clarity. (The Exegete Your Culture download can be found on the front page of Ed’s blog) 

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Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Introduces New Weekly Podcast

Posted on March 10, 2017

Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Introduces New Weekly Podcast

Ed Stetzer recently shared on The Exchange, “Last week, we launched our latest resource: the Gospel Life Podcast. Gospel Life is our multimedia brand of resources we have created, which includes a blog, a YouTube channel, and now a podcast. We launched the podcast to help you start your week thinking about ways to engage those around you with the good news of the gospel. The podcasts are short—less than two minutes. But our hope is that what you hear would give you more courage to start engaging people with the gospel.”

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GREAT IDEA! "Lost and Found" Wall

Posted on March 10, 2017

GREAT IDEA! "Lost and Found" Wall

Recently, Dare 2 Share founder/director, Greg Stier, shot a short video at Southeast Christian Church, in Lexington Kentucky,  with youth leader, Trent Hensley, about a great idea they have to get teens to pray for their yet-to-be-reached friends. 

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Thirty-Day Prayer Guide

Posted on February 12, 2017

Thirty-Day Prayer Guide

Kirk Lauckner, with Nav Neighbors, created a wonderful 30-day prayer walking guide and posted it online. Here’s how he introduces it: “Being new to our city, one of the most formational practices that has become a part of my weekly rhythm is simply to walk and pray through my neighborhood. There is something deep and transformational that happens when we walk the streets of our community while conversing with God. I would like to invite you to make a 30-day “practice” by walking and praying through your own neighborhood … Perhaps this will stimulate you to a lifetime practice of prayer for the “place” where you live. Whether you reside in the heart of a major city, in suburbia, or in the middle of the countryside, God has people who live “Next Door to Everyone.” … Love deeply and give your life away for the sake of the Kingdom!

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VIDEO: Do Hard Things Conference Videos

Posted on February 12, 2017

VIDEO: Do Hard Things Conference Videos


After five years traveling around the United States, The Rebelution’s live Do Hard Things Conference held its final tour in 2011 — with the last event held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each conference was a challenging one-day event for teens by teens who believe that our generation is ready for a change.

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50 Best Christian Biographies

Posted on February 12, 2017

50 Best Christian Biographies

Ben Kaleen on OnlineChristianCollege.com recently posted an annotated list of fifty Christian biographies well worth exploring. He introduces his list with: “Christians of all ages have drawn spiritual strength and inspiration from biographies of the heroes of the faith. Readers have wanted to know about habits of the effective Christian in prayer, study, and outreach; what their personal lives were like; how they overcame adversity through faith in God; and what adventures and miraculous deliveries they experienced. The following works were selected through informal polls and best-seller lists, and recount the stories of Christians drawn from all walks of life, including politicians, theologians, preachers, missionaries, athletes, and others.”

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Triplet Prayer – Praying in Threes: A Proven, Sustainable Way to Mobilize Transformational Prayer

Posted on February 12, 2017

Triplet Prayer – Praying in Threes: A Proven, Sustainable Way to Mobilize Transformational Prayer

Brian Mills, senior advisor to the International Prayer Center, shares the more recent history of triplet praying as a major evangelism strategy, “Triplet praying was introduced as part of the preparation for Mission England in the 1980's. Over 30,000 groups came into being across England, with many thousands becoming followers of Jesus before Billy Graham began his preaching tour! Since then many nations across the world and many evangelists have incorporated triplet praying into their programme, with similar results.” Brian continues with insights into Triplet Prayer methodology, “Triplet prayer originally consisted of three people praying regularly together for three friends each, so that between them they were committed to praying for a total of nine people. They would pray for their known needs and especially for their conversion to Christ.” Perhaps you are being moved by the Holy Spirit to take up a Triplet Prayer strategy. If so, you will be following a tried and effective means of intercession for souls to be saved and disciple in the faith.

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Loving Muslims Small Group Guide

Posted on February 12, 2017

Loving Muslims Small Group Guide

This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor." The study focuses on developing an understanding of Islamic beliefs and Muslim culture and learning practical ways to share Christ’s love with our Muslim friends.

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BOOK: Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures

Posted on February 12, 2017

BOOK: Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures

Many a Westerner have experienced a culture that runs on an honor-shame operating system. In Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures Jayson Georges and Mark Baker decode the cultural and biblical script of honor and shame. Rooted in biblical theology, this 270-page book equips Christians to embody and proclaim the Kingdom of God in global contexts. The authors offer thoughtful and practical guidance for ministry within honor-shame contexts. Apt stories, illuminating insights and ministry-tested wisdom complete this essential guide to Christian ministry in honor-shame cultures.

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2016 CROSS Conference Now Available on Video

Posted on February 12, 2017

2016 CROSS Conference Now Available on Video

CROSS is not a church. It is not a new campus ministry. It is not an offshoot of any existing ministry, as thankful as we are for so many likeminded movements and organizations. The aim of CROSS is simpler and more focused: We are a conference that, we pray, may be used of God to mobilize students in the cause of frontier missions for the glory of Jesus Christ. That’s our passion, our purpose.

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BOOK: Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World

Posted on February 12, 2017

BOOK: Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World

Church leaders throughout North America are discovering the world has moved next door. In a globalized world, cities are mosaics of peoples and cultures where change is the only constant. Mosaic is a “crash course” on engaging culture. It serves as a resource for Christian leaders who have recognized that a cross-cultural mission field is now present in their own backyard and who desire to grow in their ability to incarnate the gospel among their culturally different neighbors.

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Weekly Roundup

Posted on February 12, 2017

Weekly Roundup

Missio Nexus hosts Justin long’s content-rich, “Weekly Roundup”, linking readers to an amazingly deep and diverse line up of cultural and missions-related research from the web. You will be amazed!

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BOOK: The Neighboring Church: Getting Better at What Jesus Said Matters Most

Posted on January 13, 2017

BOOK: The Neighboring Church: Getting Better at What Jesus Said Matters Most

In The Neighboring Church, authors Rick Rusaw and Brian Mavis explore the how’s of loving your neighbors. Loving God means loving your neighbor; it’s a natural byproduct of loving God. And this is what Jesus said matters most. Let The Neighboring Church help you take your first steps toward discovering how to genuinely love your neighbor.

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COMPASSIONATE CARE: Embrace Grace

Posted on January 13, 2017

COMPASSIONATE CARE: Embrace Grace

Embrace Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt.

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Cinnamon Project Lab

Posted on January 13, 2017

Cinnamon Project Lab

Here’s a passionate ministry in Great Britain, “helping local churches build transforming relationships with their communities” and offering “practical advice, 30 projects, £2k grants, leadership training & civic support.” Here’s to encouraging elements of their vision being replicated in the US!

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ServeMyCity - Finding Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Birmingham

Posted on January 13, 2017

ServeMyCity - Finding Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Birmingham

Mission Birmingham’s Serve-My-City is a powerful example of an entire city being given access on the web to discover the various opportunities for reaching out with the love of Christ to the many needs being identified within their city. May the Lord graciously raise up for every city servant hearts and support structures to see their cities mobilized and united in spirit with similar services and communications tools.

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Adopt a Love Story

Posted on January 13, 2017

Adopt a Love Story

Many families who consider adoption cannot afford the staggering initial costs, and the journey of adoption can be isolating and difficult. Adoptive families need community, and they need help raising funds to bring their child home. The ministry of Adopt a Love Story will show you how you can help.

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WEBINAR: Effective Campus Ministry for the Long Haul

Posted on January 13, 2017

WEBINAR: Effective Campus Ministry for the Long Haul

Have you ever wondered why there are so few veteran campus ministers? Is campus ministry just a stepping stone to a “real” career? On this video, Chi Alpha National Director Scott Martin gives us practical leadership principles for the tenure of your campus ministry mandate.

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How to Build Relationships in a Culture That’s Just Too Busy

Posted on January 13, 2017

How to Build Relationships in a Culture That’s Just Too Busy

Intentionality is the key for sharing the gospel in societies that lean toward busyness and productivity, whether that’s in Japan or the United States. Here are six effective ways to mitigate cultural busyness so we can share about the Creator of time and space.

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Phill Butler: Partnership Essentials

Posted on January 13, 2017

Phill Butler: Partnership Essentials

Recorded at the 2016 Blue Med Regional Consultation in Malta, this new 10-part Partnership Essentials training video playlist by Phill Butler focuses on ten partnership concepts fundamental to healthy networks and effective network leadership. This video series provides new network leaders with an invaluable primer on key partnership concepts and practices. Experienced network leaders will find the video series an encouraging refresher and a useful resource to share with their leadership teams and network supporters.

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NEW BOOK: Mission in Motion

Posted on January 13, 2017

NEW BOOK: Mission in Motion

Mobilization practitioners recorded, translated and transcribed hundreds of hours of interview dialogue that explored reasons for mission involvement from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North and South America, Oceania, East Asia, South Asia and East Africa. The data was subsequently analyzed to draw out common themes, and Mission In Motion presents the results of this research.

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TelePastor Launches Unprecedented Campaign

Posted on December 13, 2016

TelePastor Launches Unprecedented Campaign

The creator of TelePastor, My Client Notes, LLC, has recently committed to give away several million dollars in free 60-day trials of its video conferencing services to churches, denominations and colleges of all sizes. By using the HIPAA compliant e-Psychiatry platform, TelePastor offers a confidential video chat platform that allows pastors to provide counseling and coaching via any computer or mobile device with a camera.

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BOOK: Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts

Posted on December 13, 2016

BOOK: Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts

Doug Nichols periodically pulls carefully chosen quotes from various books he reads, including, Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts. You can find his compilation here. You can also peruse a link to the same book on Amazon by clicking the link below.

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BOOK: From One Widow to Another

Posted on December 13, 2016

BOOK: From One Widow to Another

Here’s a great book by Miriam Neff that all churches need in their library and bookstore. One Amazon reviewer describes the book and author with the following words: “Because Miriam was a well-known author BEFORE becoming a widow, she had the innate ability to express those things most important to widows. I have worked with widows for years (I have 20 years of personal experience) and without fail, they say this is the most helpful book they have read on the subject. Miriam now has a ministry to widows - Widow Connection - so her helpful work goes on.” – Book Lady

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5 Ways Your Church Can Meet Your Community’s Needs

Posted on December 13, 2016

5 Ways Your Church Can Meet Your Community’s Needs

Kate Riney shares in Facts & Trends, “The Church is, by definition, countercultural. That doesn’t mean, however, our churches should be ivory towers cloistered away and out of touch with the needs of the community. To reach the lost and broken with the gospel, each church needs to be aware and reflective of its community’s assets and needs. Here are five ways your church can do that.”

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CURRICULUM: Why Work Life?

Posted on December 13, 2016

CURRICULUM: Why Work Life?

The Chalmers Center trains churches and ministries in Work Life, a biblically integrated job preparedness curriculum designed specifically for people from backgrounds of generational poverty. In addition to practical job skills, the curriculum empowers participants to recognize that God is at work in the world and that their jobs are a way of participating in that work.

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12 Must Read Leadership Books for Young Adults

Posted on December 12, 2016

12 Must Read Leadership Books for Young Adults

Tim Elmore, best-selling author and expert on Generations Y to Z shares, “As I travel and speak to college students, I’m often asked what are the best books for a young leader to read. Years ago, I created a list of “Must Reads” for established leaders, but below, I list what I consider great reads for emerging leaders—teens and twenty-somethings who aspire to leadership.”

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What is the Christ Together Network?

Posted on December 12, 2016

What is the Christ Together Network?

Christ Together is an exciting and innovative ministry bringing fresh collaborative vision to cities across America. Their vision statement proclaims: “As Christ Together, we are seeing faithful leaders and churches partner together to see the whole Church bring the whole Gospel to the whole Nation. We are churches and kingdom leaders, networks and denominations, and we desire to serve churches and their leaders through providing a way for THE CHURCH to join God on His mission. We initiate conversations and create environments for kingdom leaders to pray, learn, strategize and act in concert with God’s mission in their community, town, city or region.” Watch their introductory video here.

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Coping with Loneliness at Christmas

Posted on December 12, 2016

Coping with Loneliness at Christmas

With the understanding that some of our readers are either facing loneliness this Christmas or know someone who is, we’ve included an article by Rusty Wright and recently republished via Assist News Service. May it bless all who need deep comfort and encouragement from the Lord this Christmas season. And may God grace us all to be especially sensitive to his leading in recognizing and reaching out to those around us in need of a friend.

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Tell Someone – Online Evangelism Training

Posted on December 01, 2016

Tell Someone – Online Evangelism Training

Tell Someone is free, online and taught by Greg Laurie, evangelist, author, and pastor of Harvest Ministries. Harvest’s web site declares, “Through Tell Someone, you will not only learn the importance of sharing your faith, but how to do it with confidence and tact.  Through the practical, biblical principles taught in the course, you will be: 1) Encouraged in your walk with Christ, 2) Challenged in how you view those who don’t know Jesus, 3) Inspired to live out the Great Commission, and 4) Equipped to effectively go and tell someone about Jesus”

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