Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship is a ministry of ABWE – the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. www.abwe.org

Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship (E&D) began in 2005 in order to equip ABWE missionaries for worldview relevant evangelism and discipleship in a broad range of cross-cultural settings, throughout North America and around the world. Soon after Good Soil began, pastors and other leaders from North American churches and missionaries from other mission agencies began to be interested in Good Soil training and resources. And we have always welcomed these opportunities to share Good Soil training with theologically like-minded churches and other ministry organizations.  As a result of this interest from many churches and other parachurch ministries, our vision for Good Soil has broadened to embrace a wider array of worldview relevant ministry opportunities.

Currently, Good Soil training and resources are being used in many countries by North American missionaries representing numerous mission agencies.  But some of the greatest impact worldwide is being accomplished through (not-North American) national believers who utilize Good Soil training and resources through their own initiatives.

Eight Essential Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship Distinctives

Biblical and Theological Foundation

  • GSED leaders continue to deepen our Biblical and theological roots
  • Continue to expose our resources to Biblical and theological critique

Worldview Relevance

  • GSED leaders continue to deepen our worldviews understanding
  • Apply worldview thinking to training and resource development
  • Continue to expose our resources to critique of worldview expertise

Priority Baseline of Transferable Training

  • Emphasize the priority of training
  • Explore ways to expand our training-reach
  • Expand our pool of Master Trainers

Focused (Understand-Embrace-Retain) Resource Development

  • Maintain our focus on the main things: U-E-R
  • Matthew 13:23 – Understands the Gospel
  • Mark 4:20 – Embraces the Gospel
  • Luke 8:15 – Retains the Gospel

Selective Niche Marketing, Guerrilla Style

  • Select target-niches where GSED is most needed
  • Strategically and selectively choose where to invest marketing funds
  • Be alert to and take advantage of inexpensive marketing opportunities

Double Vision with a Single Focus

  • International – don’t get sidetracked from our original purpose
  • North America – don’t lose sight of our opportunities to help North American believers and churches

Missional-Business Balance

  • Develop and follow sound business practices
  • But don’t let business overshadow missions
  • Balance what we give away and what we sell
  • Establish price points based on cultural economic realities

Professional Excellence (with a missional motive)

  • Standard = don’t let quality issues become an obstacle to reaching elite professionals in any field
  • Guiding question = How will Good Soil be viewed and received by professional educators and trainers, theologians, designers, musicians, artists, videographers, etc.?

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