Good Soil E&D is for Medical Ministry Teams

as well as many other kinds of ministries.

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Medical Ministry Teams – Healing Bodies and Ministering to Souls

Health concerns are one thing Christians and non-Christians have in common. And because Christian medical personnel in North America have been blessed with good training and medical resources, medical ministry clinics have been used greatly of God to help hurting people in countries lacking good medical care.

Some medical clinics, both mobile and stationary, are conducted by career missionaries as an ongoing part of their ministries. Other medical ministry clinics, are short-term mission projects, usually staffed by North American medical personnel. Both types of clinics can and have worked effectively to bring health care and the gospel to people who need them.

But, there are issues that concern, even alarm, many missions experts!

  • Gospel presentations given in many medical ministry clinics are brief and shallow, even with people who know very little about the true God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, and salvation by grace through faith. Eager to please Christian medical personnel in order to receive free treatment, many nationals are willing to say “Yes!” to anything they are asked to do.

    In many cases, it is probably wise to limit gospel presentations to what is commonly called “pre-evangelism” (Good Soil calls it “tilling” and “planting”) and let experienced missionaries handle the “reaping”– leading patients to genuine faith responses when they are confident that they clearly understand and are ready to genuinely embrace the gospel.

  • Some medical workers, especially short-termers on project trips from North America, have little Biblical and theological training. And virtually none of the short-termers understand the challenges of cross-cultural, “world-view noisy” evangelism. Consequently, medical clinics often report large numbers of “conversions” but the long-term spiritual results are dismal.

    Good Soil seminars were created to equip missionaries and others for worldview relevant evangelism and discipleship. Medical personnel whoparticipate in a Good Soil seminar become aware of many of these issues and learn lots of key tips and tools for evangelism with people who know little or nothing about the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Some missionaries have the wisdom to always connect their medical clinics to nearby local churches for ongoing ministry to clinic patients, but many—especially North American project-clinics—do not. Thus, while the humanitarian goals may be met through the clinics, opportunities for evangelistic follow-up, discipleship, and church planting are missed.

    Plan medical ministry trips in conjunction with church planting missionaries and establish a plan, prior to the clinics, for connecting clinic patients to local churches for follow-up. Be sure to collect adequate information on patients, so that they can be contacted later for purposes of verifying professions of faith, conducting discipleship, and incorporating them into a Bible-believing church.

We all want to share our faith effectively…but how do we do it?

Training for Worldview-Relevant Evangelism and Discipleship

Good Soil Basic Seminar

Two Days in May or October

Good Soil’s Basic Seminar will help you…

  • Understand key principles of cross-cultural evangelism that are found in the New Testament, especially from the ministry of the apostles in the book of Acts. Good Soil is solidly based on a Biblical theology of evangelism and missiological worldview-relevancy.
  • Learn many practical tools and tips for effective evangelism, even in cultures that may be totally ignorant of, and hostile to, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Cut through the “worldview noise” that often prevents non-Christians in other faith-cultures from understanding the essential distinctives of the Biblical gospel, and from failing to forsake their non-Biblical beliefs and practices when they do profess faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Present the Bible’s BIG Story of redemption, beginning in Genesis 1 and proceeding chronologically through the Bible to the end of Revelation 22.
  • Do evangelism in a way that unbelievers—even those from non-Biblical worldviews—will clearly understand the gospel, so that they can sincerely embrace it and hold on to it.

Here are a few sample pages from the Good Soil Seminar workbook:

Begin by attending a Good Soil BASIC Seminar, so that you can enhance your skills in worldview-relevant evangelism and can begin using Good Soil’s resources most effectively.

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Then, participate in a Good Soil TRAINER CERTIFICATION workshop, where you will be qualified and certified to teach Good Soil seminars on your field or to others in your ministry with medical personnel.

Trainer Certification Workshop

One Day in May or October

  • Participants deepen their understandings of Good Soil theology and missiology of evangelism and discipleship and seminar content.
  • Participants become certified to teach the Good Soil Basic Seminar in their own ministries.
  • Participants become eligible to purchase Good Soil Basic Seminar workbooks.
  • Participants are granted access to the online Instructor’s Resource Center, which includes instructional resources used in Good Soil training.

Last week, we attended Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training, which included The Way to Joy discipleship workbook and The Story of Hope evangelistic Bible study workbook. I highly recommend these resources. The evangelistic study is especially good, as it covers the 40 most important events in the Bible so Bible study participants can capture the big picture, and also includes the Chronological Bridge to Life, which includes the eight essential concepts someone needs to grasp to be saved (God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, Faith, Life). What really struck me is how I´ve often short-circuited the process of evangelism, skipping over key concepts or not explaining the story line of the Bible. In our culture here, you may get "decisiones" but the person may not have truly understood the gospel.

—Jon, missionary in Colombia

The Story of Hope

Evangelistic Bible Study Workbook

The Story of Hope was specifically created for evangelism (or discipleship) with people from non-Christian worldview cultures—for missionary ministries.

  • It begins with the assumption that Bible study participants know little or nothing about the true God, the Bible, or Jesus Christ.
  • It begins with Genesis 1:1 and unfolds the BIG Story of God’s plan of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation. In doing so, it provides the overall context in which the gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense, even to people from other faith backgrounds.
  • It engages participants in direct Bible study, allowing them to have “Aha!” moments about the truths of Scripture, especially regarding Jesus Christ—His claims and His provision for the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.
  • It is visually and colorfully illustrated and designed for easy understanding.
  • It is time-flexible. You can use it in one-on-one studies, in groups studies, or individuals can use for self-study.
  • There is a FREE downloadable Leader’s Guide available.
  • There is also a Global English Edition available, written at a 9th grade reading level.
  • Generous quantity pricing.
  • Available in many languages.

FREE Leader's Guide

103 Professionally Designed Pages

103 professionally-designed pages of answers to the Bible study questions contained in The Story of Hope and suggestions as to how to deal with some of the common questions you may face, as well as many other tips for making your study successful. Download it for FREE and see for yourself.

FREE Leader's Guide

The Story of Hope - Kids

The Story of Hope - Kids workbook is a chronological Bible study for kids, approximately ages 8-12. It is designed to help kids understand the BIG story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation—a perspective that very few other ministry resources provide for children. The workbook contains one page for each of 40 Bible-event lessons, including an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Art Series and questions that get kids digging into the Bible texts for themselves. Also, the Chronological Bridge to Life is presented in an eight-page sequence. There's a Personal Faith Response page too.

Questions and map activities engage kids to read and think, rather than just rotely memorize. This workbook is bright and colorful and beautifully illustrated.

64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound

One lady who went to Sunday school as a child, but never truly trusted Jesus as her Savior, was being led through an evangelistic Bible study based on the adult version of The Story of Hope. She commented:

Why didn't they teach the Bible like this to me when I was in Sunday school? If they had done so, I might have understood it and become a true believer.

I love the concept of Good Soil. God has been teaching me about the importance of his whole word in sharing the gospel for years. One of my missionary friends mentioned she was using your material and I looked at what it is. Now I am just taking The Story of Hope and introducing a picture/story a week in my girls Sunday School class. Thank you for the framework! I love the way this ties together all of the Word of God. Thanks!

—Loreena in IL

The Bible's Big Story Teaching Visuals

The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105

Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.

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13.5” x 10.75” laminated printed teaching visuals. Key Bible event content on the back, event image on the front. 105 teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament, plus five that work especially for ministry with Muslims. Great for teaching the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation.

Key content on the back side is translatable – just request the document for translating the text into the language you need for your ministry. It’s possible that your ministry language document might already be available.

We recommend that you take some sets of these teaching visuals to the field with you, use them in your ministry of Bible teaching and evangelism—while your are there and demonstrate to nationals how to use them—and leave them with national church leaders when you return home to North America.

We continue to work with the pastors and their wives at the Simbai Baptist Pastors’ and Wives’ Fellowship. In November, we introduced them to The Story of Hope (TSOH), an evangelistic tool which includes 40 laminated picture cards. TSOH is a short story of the Bible and God’s provision of salvation. Our pastors are excited about this tool. We have 30 sets of cards for them and will be giving them some concentrated teaching and training beginning next year.

—Bill, missionary in Papua New Guinea

The Bible's BIG Story PowerPoint CD

The Bible’s BIG Story PowerPoint CD contains three PowerPoint presentations of the Bible’s story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation:

20 Events - to use with short presentations and The Story of Hope Condensed.
40 Events - to use with medium-length presentations and The Story of Hope.
100 Events - to use with more extended presentations of the Bible’s BIG Story.

Each Bible event is beautifully illustrated with an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Art Series. Also, included in each presentation are slides of Bible maps and the Chronological Bridge to Life.

All text can be exchanged with your translated text on the PowerPoint slides.

*Also available as a download

Sample Old Testament Images

Eve and serpent in Eden

Abraham & Isaac

Sacrifice of lamb at altar in front of tabernacle

Sample New Testament Images

John the Baptist

Resurrection of Jesus

Believers in heaven - around Jesus - the rapture scene

The Roots of Faith Bible Courses

Old and New Testaments

Teaching the Bible chronologically, in a way that equips students for effective ministry in a world of competing faiths and cultures.

Chronological Bible courses that unfold the BIG Story of the Bible, based on 100 key redemptive story events. Specifically created for training Christ-followers to share God’s redemptive story in non-Christian worldview cultures AND to use in teaching the Bible to Christians from those cultures who often carry non-Christian “worldview baggage” into their Christian lives and practices—teaching the Bible to help purge the “worldview baggage.”

The Roots of Faith courses are three courses in one:

  • Chronological Bible survey courses—Students master the overall chronological framework and core content of the Bible.
  • Biblical theology courses—The Bible’s basic theological concepts are presented as they were progressively revealed, from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.
  • Worldview apologetics courses—Common non Christian worldview (“worldview noise”) issues are addressed throughout the courses in order to equip Christ-followers to live and minister in a world of competing faiths and cultures.

The courses also include:

  • Downloadable Bible commentary for each course, to provide expert help for all of the Bible passages included in the lessons.
  • Instructors Guide for each course.
  • Access to online instructional resources for each course.

Additional supplemental resources are available, such as printed and PowerPoint teaching visuals and chronological Bible cards and more.

Great Bible training for your medical missions staff, especially those who have never had an opportunity for a Bible education. Ask us about a group rate.

How can you be certified to teach The Roots of Faith Courses in your ministry?

Full Certification Option: Participate in The Roots of Faith Courses

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Image of a TROF NT Class at ABWE - Interactive & Engaging Learning

Provisional Certification Option: Purchase The Roots of Faith Instructor’s Kits

Gaining Ground with Good Soil

Learning to Share God’s Redemptive Story in a World of Competing Faiths and Cultures.

Gaining Ground with Good Soil is a story about and for missionaries and other cross-cultural ministry workers. In an interesting narrative form, the book explains the theology and missiology of evangelism and discipleship of Good Soil E&D. You will love the story of a missionary couple, and their national colleagues, who learn some Biblical principles that revolutionize their ministries—Good Soil principles that can help you to become more effective as well.

The audio book can be downloaded to your phone or pad. It’s a good resource to recommend to all members of your medical ministries team.

There is a FREE Leader’s Guide for teaching the contents of this book in 12 or more class sessions. See the FREE resources below.

This morning, Josué asked me about how he can share his faith more effectively with his friends at school. I’ve been reading Gaining Ground with Good Soil, a book about evangelism, written by Gil Thomas, a former missionary to Portugal. I’ve been learning a lot from the book and I was able to share some of it with Josué.

—Phillip, missionary intern in France

All the resources needed for teaching Gaining Ground with Good Soil in a small group or class.

FREE Book for Leaders of Medical Ministry Teams

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 campus 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 leader of medical ministry teams, 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.

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More Good Soil Resources for Evangelism and Discipleship

Good Soil provides an entire toolbox of resources for medical ministry teams.

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