as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Keys to avoiding the “bad” and “ugly” and having a “good” short-term mission trip for all involved—missionaries and short-termers are (1) proper planning and (2) good training and (3) the best resources.
Very few people who go on a short-term mission trip understand cross-cultural evangelism. Often—with commendable motives—they ignorantly do more eternal harm than good. And missionaries are left with lots of national contacts who have said "Yes" to brief and shallow gospel presentations the people did not understand, nor sincerely embraced from their hearts.
Good Soil evangelism and discipleship training can help prevent short-termers from making evangelistic blunders with potentially eternally-damning consequences.
As a certified Good Soil trainer, you will receive a passcode to access the online Instructor's Resource Center for Good Soil trainers, which contains the instructional resources you need for leading the basic seminar in training people participating in your short-term ministry trips.
In the workshop, you will also receive a copy of Training Wheels for Good Soil trainers, a leader's guide for teaching the seminar in your own ministry and/or incorporating Good Soil concepts in your regular teaching and preaching.
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.
Moving Beyond Lecture will enhance your ability to teach and train, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…
One of the keys to effective Bible teaching with any age is telling Bible stories so that historical Bible events “come alive” in the minds of those who hear them!
This BibleStorying (Bible story telling) workshop will enhance your skills as a Bible story teller and teacher. You will learn lots of tips and techniques for improving your ability to tell Bible stories that will gain and hold student interest. And, you will learn about—and practice using—several Good Soil Bible teaching resources.
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.
64 Pages - Plastic Coil Binding
The Story of Hope is a study of the BIG Story of the Bible, based on 40 events from the Bible's redemptive story—20 in the Old Testament and 20 in the New Testament.
The Story of Hope Workbook Leader's Guide - For 64 Page Coil-Bound Edition
A leader's guide for The Story of Hope (plastic-coil bound, 64 pages) workbook.
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
400+ beautiful slides in this Class Facilitator Presentation!
*Download also available
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.
Adventures in the Story of Hope
Our desire has always been to make a high quality, thorough curriculum for teaching children God’s redemptive story from beginning to end available for free to missionaries and children’s teachers around the world. Now the “Adventures in the Story of Hope” curriculum is available as a free download right here! 2018 Colorized Edition.
Approximately 400 pages of lesson plans for teaching 48 Bible lessons—40 Bible-event lessons and eight Chronological Bridge to Life lessons. The lessons unfold the BIG Story of the Bible, chronologically from beginning to end, focusing on God's redemptive story. As students learn about major Bible events, they also learn how all of them are connected around the one BIG Story.
Lessons include many creative activities to engage kids in active learning: questions, games, songs, crafts, drama, “My Story of Hope” activities, memory verses, and other Bible learning activities. Also, a complete set of coloring sheets, one per each of the 40 Bible event lessons.
Great resource for short-term missions, if you are going to an English speaking country!
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.
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 kids (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation. Same images and key content as the Chronological Bible Cards—essentially big versions of those pocket-size cards. See below.
Key content on the back is translatable - just request the document for translating the text into the language you need for your ministry. It's possible that your target-ministry language document might already be available.
ChronoBible Cards: Genesis-Revelation
A complete set of 135 pocket-size cards (4.5" x 3.375") for learning and reviewing the content and chronology of the Bible's Big Story.
Pocket-size cards for learning and reviewing 100 key Bible events as they appear chronologically from Genesis through Revelation. Each Bible event card contains an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Story art collection on the front and key content information on the back. 25 major Bible era cards and 10 Chronological Bridge to Life cards included.
Eve and serpent in Eden
Abraham & Isaac
Sacrifice of lamb at altar in front of tabernacle
John the Baptist
Resurrection of Jesus
Believers in heaven - around Jesus - the rapture scene
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Cards
These playing-size cards are designed to be used in presenting the "ChronoBridge to Life" in personal witnessing.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is a seminar in a narrative format—a story of missionaries who learned, from experience and from Bible study, how to share God's story of hope in a world of competing faiths and cultures. You and your group can learn a lot from them! Not only will your group enjoy the "ride," they will also be better equipped for Great Commission ministry when the journey is over.
The FREE Leader's Guide was created for use in informal small group studies, as well as more formal class settings.Learn More About Gaining Ground with Good Soil
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 - Audiobook
A 4 hours and 7 minutes audio narrative that will help you understand worldview-relevant evangelism and discipleship and their importance in a world of competing faiths and cultures. A professionally produced audio book version of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil Leader's Guide
A free instructor's guide for leading a group of students through Gaining Ground with Good Soil. Includes a wide variety of creative and interactive teaching methods. Great for Sunday school classes or small group Bible studies. 2016 edition.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil Supplemental Teaching Resources
A free set of teaching resources to be used in conjunction with the Leader's Guide for Gaining Ground with Good Soil. Resources designed to make class learning more enjoyable and more effective. 2016 edition.
Image of a TROF OT Class at ABWE - FUN Learning
Image of a TROF NT Class at ABWE - Interactive & Engaging Learning
The Roots of Faith Old Testament Instructor Kit
A kit providing the resources needed to teach the Old Testament portion of the Bible's Big Story chronologically.
The activities for teaching Hooks are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers.
And there are FREE instructional helps.
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
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.
Our 17-year-old daughter attended the Good Soil E & D training conference with us in November. This summer, she was given the opportunity to go on a missions trip to Nicaragua. She took along The Story of Hope in Spanish. Pastor Pedro, one of the local village leaders, was overjoyed to receive this resource and we are looking into getting more of them into his hands.
—John, a missionary to the US military
Local church pastor, Ron Berrus, who helped to develop The Story of Hope writes about some neat experiences he has had recently in using the Good Soil resources...Read more
Haiti is a land where so many are blinded by false and dark religions such as voodoo or distortions of Christianity. Good Soil trainer Fred Seiferth recently traveled there with Pastor Mike Vauters to lead a Good Soil seminar for 45 Haitian pastors. These pastors were extremely hungry to learn how to teach God's Word in a way that makes sense, to bring people out of spiritual darkness and into the light! Seeing how God's plan for salvation through Jesus Christ is woven throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, was invigorating to them.Read more
EASTERN EUROPE—It was my privilege to travel recently to a communist country where it is illegal to teach children about Jesus Christ, and also to a Muslim country. In both countries, I chose to present The Story of Hope to Christian children’s workers who want to reach and disciple their children for Jesus Christ, in spite of what that may cost them.Read more
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