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Congregational Warmth: Developing a Culture of Authentic Hospitality 7th Essential for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

“Alien tissue rejection”— I first learned about the tendency for the human body to reject a transplanted organ when one of my best friends had a heart transplant. The body recognizes the transplanted tissue as foreign and mounts an immune response to reject it. Many congregations respond in a similar way to visitors, to varying degrees. Some of us have experienced that "you don't belong here" feeling when we have visited churches. A church that doesn’t warmly “embrace” its visitors – can’t be TRULY evangelistic. Learn about “Five Congregational Temperatures” and how to set your church’s “thermostat” at the best setting to make new attenders feel at home and want to come back. 

Good Soil Helps Bring Hope to Poland

How do you clearly communicate the gospel in a country that prides itself on being very religious and moral? A country where over 90% of the 38 million inhabitants identify as Roman Catholics, but have no real understanding of God’s redemptive plan and very limited Bible knowledge? While on their pre-field journey to become missionaries in just such a country, Ed and Leslie Schick were introduced to the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship (GSED) training and the evangelism resource, The Story of Hope (TSOH). They immediately thought – This is what we need for our ministry in Poland to help train those in Polish churches in meaningful and relevant evangelism... 

Basic Discipleship: Holding New Believers' Hands Through First Steps 6th Essential for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

If you are a parent, you know how exciting is to see your baby take his or her first steps. Inevitably there are going to be some stumbles along the way, but first steps indicate that your child is maturing properly. One crucial step in learning to walk is the “hand holding” stage, in which parents provide physical support and balance, protection from falls, and the encouragement that helps the child gain the skills and confidence needed to walk alone. If your church doesn’t provide “first steps” hand-holding with baby Christians, it’s likely that many or most of them will stumble right out the back door. 

Equipped Congregation: Arming Them with Appropriate Training & Resources 5th Essential for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

“Training: The Foundation for Success in Combat” – That’s what our military leaders think about the importance of training. They would never send their personnel into battle without proper training and the best available resources. But how well do we equip our church members for spiritual warfare—particularly the battle to rescue lost souls? Here are some keys for effectively equipping Christians for Great Commission ministry in the 21st Century. 

Good Soil Training Energizes Togo Ministry Partner

When Germain Fayosseh came to ABWE headquarters for the Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship (GSED) seminar and trainer certification in May of 2018, his enthusiasm was contagious. Dr. Sharon Rahilly, the director of ABWE’s nursing schools in Togo, had encouraged and provided for him to come and he was overflowing with joy and thankfulness. “The opportunity of a lifetime,” he told us. “This is exactly what I need for my ministry of evangelism and training and equipping church leaders, nursing students, and other believers back in Togo.” Even though English is not his first language, he listened and participated fully, and left with as many French copies of The Story of Hope that weight restrictions for his suitcase permitted... 

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