as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Many years of training men and women in seminaries and Bible colleges, missionary and missionary-training experience, church planting, and pastoral experience came together to make Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship the unique ministry it is.
Theology-based: Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship is built on theological principles that emerge from the ministry of Jesus and the early church.
Biblical-theology focused: Good Soil trains and resources Christ-followers to share the gospel beginning with "God" in Genesis 1:1 and continuing to unfold God's redemptive story through Revelation.
Time and gospel-recipient flexible: Good Soil trains believers to discover how much gospel-content—and Biblical context for that content—an unbeliever needs in order to make a "good soil" faith response AND to adapt the gospel presentation accordingly. Good Soil does not espouse "one size fits all" gospel presentations.
Worldview-relevant: Good Soil equips followers of Jesus to share God's story of hope in a world of competing faiths and cultures.
Ministry-training oriented: Good Soil is strategically focused on training committed Christians for ministry—missionaries on mission fields and national believers around the world, pastors and other church leaders in North American churches, or just as ordinary people anywhere who want to share their faith with friends, family, and neighbors.
The Good Soil E&D seminar workbook can be used as a basic text for evangelism classes in your Bible institute, Bible college, or seminary. Teach the concepts and make assignments for students to put into practice, out of class, what they are learning throughout the course!
Trainer Certification Workshop
The purpose of this one-day workshop is to equip and certify missionaries and church leaders (lay or staff leaders) to train other believers in Good Soil evangelism and discipleship principles and techniques, using the curriculum and resources associated with the Good Soil E&D basic seminar.
A day of training to equip (and certify) you to teach the Good Soil Basic Seminar in your classes. Some review of the basic seminar concepts, but primarily a day of learning instructional tips and techniques that will be of great value to you as you teach in your classes what you have learned in the Good Soil seminar.
Pre-requisite: Must have attended a FULL Good Soil Basic Seminar at ABWE or a FULL Good Soil seminar led by an approved Good Soil trainer.
Good Soil Trainer Workshop participants receive certification that qualifies them to purchase copies of the good Soil Basic Seminar workbook, as well as grants them access to the other (FREE) instructional resources needed for teaching the seminar in their ministries.
“This Hispanic congregation will be using The Story of Hope in Spanish with 100 adults and in English with 30 Hispanic teens. These dear people are absolutely elated about using the Good Soil material and are training their people to share God's plan of redemption with their non-believer contacts. The pastors of the English congregation have caught wind of the enthusiasm in the Hispanic congregation and are interested as well in using the Good Soil material in their English Bible Institute training at the church. Thanks for all your years of work on this project. I have never been involved in a Bible study training so effective and so much fun!”
—Carl, missionary to Spanish speakers in North America
“In our Bible college missions class this evening, we introduced the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship workbook and the two basic resources, The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy. Our students went ballistic. They were delighted with the prospects of using these resources. How soon? How much? Where can we sign up? Let's pray that this ground swell will spread. Our enthusiasm quickly spread to the students. We hope it'll grow even more.”
—Dick & Mavis, missionaries to Brazil
“Greetings from Bangalore, India! A missionary couple just recently taught Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship in our Bible college and seminary. Our students and staff were blessed abundantly, learning how to skillfully present the gospel to the unreached. We are very much encouraged to use the material which was taught and given to us. We had 49 students and 2 pastors whom we support. These students and pastors represent 18 language groups and three countries, India, Myanmar, and Thailand.”
—National Christian leader in India
“We attended a Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar at the headquarters of ABWE in Harrisburg, PA. After college and seminary education, we thought we had all the bells and whistles of evangelism and discipleship. However, this seminar uniquely sets itself apart from other methods. It teaches how to share the Gospel with the unsaved, see them respond to the faith in Christ because of a deep understanding of the gospel, and to assure that the new believer can maintain a consistent walk with Christ. The common phrase mentioned throughout the seminar was, “I get it, I embrace it, and I keep it.” They also have tremendous free resources available for the advancement of the gospel.”
—Honore & Kim, pre-field missionaries to east Africa
Evangelism Class Curriculum Guide
Curriculum guide for teaching Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship in a Bible institute, Bible college, or seminary class. 30 class sessions. Includes a plan for each of 30 sessions, course requirements, and other suggestions to consider for requirements. Also, useful in local church classes.
This workshop will enhance your ability to teach the Bible creatively, with increased student interest and participation, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…
The Story of Hope Workbook - English Version
A time-flexible resource for presenting the Bible’s big redemptive story in as few as fifteen minutes or as long as twenty or more hours. Designed for evangelistic Bible studies, one-on-one or in small groups, but also helpful in teaching God’s redemptive plan to believers. Includes a study of 40 Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) and Bible maps. 64 pages and plastic coil binding. FREE Leader's Guide and FREE Classroom Facilitator Guide available as downloads from this site.
Download FREE Class Facilitator Guide
Class Facilitator's Guide for The Story of Hope - Hard Copy
Printed curriculum and instruction guide for facilitating a class through The Story of Hope in 31 engaging, interactive, and fun class sessions!
Teaching the Bible chronologically, in a way that equips students for effective ministry in a world of competing faiths and cultures.
Additional supplemental resources are available, such as printed and PowerPoint teaching visuals and chronological Bible cards and more.
Every movie or novel has a central storyline, a plot. The BIG storyline of the Bible hangs on 25 “Hooks”—major eras of the Bible. And the activities are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers. Great activity to use in Bible classes or chapel programs.
Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
A student worksheet designed to help teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament in a 50 minute to 2 hour session.
The 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
The 1 + 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the New Testament Storyline
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for college and seminary professors, missionaries, pastors, and other ministry leaders.
The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries who were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that people will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.
Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download. www.GoodSoil.com/FREE
If you are a Bible professor or evangelism professor, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book, we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
This downloadable PDF catalog is a quick reference to the many resources offered here at Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship.
THREE DAYS CHANGED MY LIFE AND MINISTRY! When I took Good Soil's three days of Evangelism & Discipleship Training in Harrisburg, PA, it changed my life and ministry forever. My only regret is I had not learned this earlier in my ministry. I learned more from Good Soil than I did in Bible college. Good Soil's Evangelism & Discipleship Training and their Roots of Faith courses should be a pre-requisite for any Bible college. The Good Soil's "The Story of Hope" evangelism method of sharing the Bible's Big Story, starting in Genesis and going through Revelation, is by far the best evangelism method I have learned in my 40 years of ministry.
—Steve, independent missionary in Asia
12 Essentials for a TRULY Evangelistic Church
Lay leadership buy-in is important – no, it’s essential. This is the pastor’s first and possibly most challenging task. Peer leadership, or should I call it pew leadership, adds credibility to pastoral leadership in essential Christian tasks such as personal evangelism.Read more
Vladimir Nikolaev is the director of the Church Ministries Institute (CMI) based in Ukraine. The CMI was founded by ABWE missionaries in 1994 and is dedicated to preparing men and women for quality ministry in the local church, equipping them with discipleship and evangelism training, and enabling them to build growing churches throughout Eurasia. The few evangelical Baptist churches in Armenia have been partnering with the CMI to start a Bible school in Armenia under the leadership of Haik Khachaturian. This past fall, Vladimir, Haik and others had the opportunity to hold the first Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship seminar in Armenia with some incredible results.Read more
Ken Cole, an ABWE Global Access Partners missionary, partners with Satish and Helen Divakar who run Beacon Baptist Theological University and Seminary in Hosur, Tamilnadu, India (until 2013 located in Bangalore). Having been exposed to some elements of Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship before, the Divakars asked Ken to come and teach the Good Soil seminar at their school.Read more
Is repentance a separate step to salvation that precedes genuine belief in Christ? Or, are repentance and faith simultaneous responses to God—flip sides of the same heart-action?Read more
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