The Good Soil Basic Seminar equips you to share God’s story of redemption chronologically, so that people will clearly understand, sincerely embrace, and firmly hold on to the gospel. The seminar extends over two days and is generally followed by an optional one-day Good Soil Trainer Certification Workshop.


Upcoming Course Dates

Good Soil Basic is offered in October as part of a Good Soil training package. See Annual Training Schedule

Course Dates Location  
Good Soil E&D Basic October 16–October 17, 2017 ABWE Training Center More info & Register

Good Soil Seminars are Engaging - Interactive - FUN!

Day One: The Why

Understanding the Good Soil Theology of Evangelism and Discipleship (E&D)

  • “Good soil" as defined by Jesus
  • The Good Soil E&D scale
  • Initial contact and relational evangelism
  • The problem of worldview noise
  • Worldview noise case studies from the early church
  • Worldview noise in your host culture
  • Peeling the worldview onion
  • Identifying gospel knowledge deficiencies
  • Evaluating popular gospel presentations
  • Penetrating worldview noise with the Bible's redemptive story

Day Two: The How

Preparing to Use The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy

  • Becoming acquainted with The Story of Hope Bible study book
  • Practice telling God's story of hope in 15 minutes or less
  • Practice teaching some key events from God's story of hope
  • Choosing the best Good Soil resource for different situations
  • Practice using the ChronoBridge to help unbelievers embrace the gospel
  • Leading unbelievers to a personal faith response
  • Becoming acquainted with The Way to Joy discipleship book
  • Helping new believers to structure and share their faith stories
  • Practice leading a lesson in The Way to Joy
  • Using Gaining Ground with Good Soil to teach Good Soil in your ministry

Thanks so much. It was a wonderful seminar and I can’t wait to take my elders/pastors/staff through the material and hopefully our entire church next fall. God bless you.

— Tim

Resources

You’ll receive all of the following resources, and learn how to use each of them:

Annual Training Schedule

  • Monday-Tuesday

    Good Soil Basic

    Learn to use the Good Soil evangelism and discipleship scale, the worldview onion peeling model, how to use The Story of Hope andThe Way to Joy (and other similar resources) and much more.
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    Hooks for Hanging OT/NT Storylines

    Offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings, these “Hooks” workshops are designed to help you teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament and the New Testament in two one-hour sessions.
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  • Wednesday

    Trainer Certification

    Learn and become certified, to lead basic Good Soil E&D seminars and gain access to all of the necessary documents and files needed to present the seminar.
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  • Thursday-Friday

    BibleStorying

    Learn how to tell Bible stories effectively so that you can… Use Bible stories to reach children and adults too. Use Bible stories to reach postmodern AND tribal people. Enhance your preaching and Bible teaching.
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  • Monday-Tuesday

    Good Soil Basic

    Learn to use the Good Soil evangelism and discipleship scale, the worldview onion peeling model, how to use The Story of Hope andThe Way to Joy (and other similar resources) and much more.
    Learn More

    Hooks for Hanging OT/NT Storylines

    Offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings, these “Hooks” workshops are designed to help you teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament and the New Testament in two one-hour sessions.
    Learn More

  • Wednesday

    Trainer Certification

    Learn and become certified, to lead basic Good Soil E&D seminars and gain access to all of the necessary documents and files needed to present the seminar
    Learn More

  • Thursday-Friday

    Moving Beyond Lecture

    Discover a six-step process for designing presentations and training sessions that consistently engage participants.
    Learn More

John, a friend and I went to the Good Soil training. You were right of course, it was fantastic. We are sharing the materials with the church on Sunday nights. I was familiar with the similar materials from some other organizations but The Story of Hope is considerably better, much more user friendly.

— Paul

Good Soil Mini-Basic in Local Churches

We call our “out-there” (in local churches) seminars, “Good Soil Mini-Basic” because time constraints prohibit us from offering the full 14 hours of seminar content and learning experiences. The available time-slots in our schedules for these seminars are limited, so we must request a solid commitment from the host church before scheduling these seminars.

Engaging, interactive, and FUN learning!


Location

This training is held in the ABWE Administration and Training Center at:

522 Lewisberry Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
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Registration

$120 per participant ($96 for ABWE Personnel) — includes lunch, snacks, and instructional materials and other resources)

Special discounts available for students who previously attended the seminar at ABWE, as well as group discounts.

Upcoming Course Dates

Good Soil Basic is offered in October as part of a Good Soil training package. See Annual Training Schedule

Course Dates Location  
Good Soil E&D Basic October 16–October 17, 2017 ABWE Training Center More info & Register

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