as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Several years ago, ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) began to realize that many of our missionary candidates were not adequately trained for evangelism and discipleship, especially for ministry with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, spritists-animists, Postmoderns, staunch Roman Catholics, and other people from non-Christian worldview cultures.
In 2004, ABWE leaders convened a group of veteran missionaries, missionary administrators, and cross-cultural ministry experts from other mission agencies. After a few days of deliberation, this group concluded that training and resources for cross-cultural evangelism and discipleship were needed that would…
With input and influence from people like Mark Zook (whose story is featured in the Ee-Taow video ), John Cross of GoodSeed, Dr. Tom Steffen of BIOLA University, Dr. David Hesselgrave and Dr. D.A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and others, Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship was developed as part of the training division of ABWE.
After we developed our Good Soil training and core resources we (at ABWE) began requiring all of our missionary appointees to participate in the Good Soil Basic Seminar and, prior to leaving for the field, (1) take an unbeliever through The Story of Hope and (2) a new believer through The Way to Joy. We almost immediately began to see some amazing results. For example:
The ABWE missionary appointees that attended the July 2011 Essential Mission Components class (approximately halfway through their pre-field ministry) had taught through The Story of Hope 101 times with a total of 324 people seeing 24 faith responses. They taught through The Way to Joy 68 times with a total of 168 people. 7.4% of the people with whom TSOH was shared made positive faith responses. Of the 101 presentations, 31% resulted in at least one positive faith response.
Good Soil training and resources have DEFINITELY made an incredible impact in preparing ABWE pre-field missionaries for their future cross-cultural ministries. Here are a few (typical) reports from our pre-field missionaries regarding their use of Good Soil training and resources during their pre-field ministries:
You will find many more pre-field missionaries’ Good Soil stories below.
From the beginning it has always been our goal to provide Good Soil training and resources with others outside of the ABWE constituency – mission agencies as well as churches.
We are happy to say that many dozens of evangelical mission agencies have participated in Good Soil training and/or use Good Soil evangelism and discipleship resources.
Shari, Missionary Administrator
The training and follow up certification brought evangelism and discipleship alive again to me. I served eight years on the mission field and recognize I have yet to learn so very much. This weekend taught me the “why” behind the method of teaching the FULL STORY of HOPE from the beginning to the end. I also learned from interacting with other ministries (not being a part of ABWE myself). WE all have so much to glean from engaging one another. Thankful for the ministry team for choosing a level of excellency that I'm excited to reproduce. And the food......whoa...!
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 cross-cultural missionaries and those who lead and train them.
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 missions agency administrator or trainer, 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.
For the sake of the gospel, we want to share with other mission agencies the cross-cultural ministry training and resources that God has given us.
We will gladly waive the registration fees for two of your agency's key leaders to attend up to a full week of our May or October Good Soil training seminars or workshops. A $600 value.
As seminar participants, representatives from your agency will be certified and equipped to teach the Good Soil Basic Seminar in your ministry organization.
Use this form to send us your name, contact information, name and website of your mission agency, and we will send you the code for FREE registrations, which you can share with one other key leader or trainer in your mission agency.
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...Read more
Buy-in and participation from a core group of members from the congregation is important. No, it’s essential! This is the pastor’s first and possibly most challenging task—identify and recruit an E-Team from the congregation, folks who have a heart for lost sheep.Read more
As the Good Soil representative for the Vietnamese and Burmese languages, Steve Deal and his team in the Philippines had been praying for nearly a year that God would open the opportunity to challenge and train key leaders in Vietnam and Myanmar. Steve had translated and printed The Story of Hope and the ChronoBible Cards in each language and was eager to get them into the hands of nationals.Read more
Tan and John are members of the same church in Southeast Asia. As businessmen they have been using their business trips to equip believers around Asia, especially North Asia, since the 1990s. In 2009, Tan retired from his secular work and commenced MDiv studies at a local seminary. It was at this time that he made many new contacts with pastors and other students from North Asia who came to study a course at the seminary.Read more
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