Evangelism and Discipleship


Evangelistic Block Party Training
Evangelistic Block Party TrainingThis training teaches your church how to throw a big community party along with ways to build relationships and win the lost.

The NetThe NET is a new tool designed to equip believers in evangelism by learning to share the Gospel through their story/testimony in a culturally relevant way. More information can be found at www.namb.net/evangelism/thenet/.

New FAITH Evangelism

FAITHThe newly revised FAITH materials are more user friendly for churches of all sizes.

Sharing Jesus Without Fear

Sharing Jesus Without FearWilliam Fay and Ralph Hodge present a natural, non-threatening approach that teaches us to communicate the gospel by initiating casual conversations about faith. These door openers lead people to learn for themselves what the Word of God has to say (4 sessions).

One-Day/One-Hour Witnessing Workshop

Newest evangelism training resources developed by the NAMB!

Imagine equipping believers in your church to be effective witnesses in one day or as little as one hour! This material, is one of the newest evangelism training resources developed by the North American Mission Board, and gives the believer the skills necessary to present the basics of the Gospel. Download for free at: www.NAMB.net.

8 ways to celebrate baptisms in your church

When a new believer is baptized, it's a momentous event. A life's been changed for eternity! Try these fresh ideas to make baptism a true celebration. Read more

Tim Sadler

TIMSADLER1Director, Evangelism, Discipleship, Student and Men's Ministries
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3131

IBSA Marriage Retreat October 24-25, 2014

God's word says that we should do all things to the glory of God. If that is true, then marriage is one of those things. The first IBSA marriage retreat will explore how your marriage can and should be lived as an act of worship to God. This is an overnight retreat that you, as a couple will want to be a part of. We will have three sessions, devotional time, and free time with relationship building ideas. For just $85, you will stay in the Lake Sallateeska Inn, partake in three meals and receive a retreat book. Download the schedule

Retreat Leader: Dr. Mark Liederbach
Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture,
Vice President and Research Fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture,
Southeastern  Baptist Theological Seminary.

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What is GPS?

Central Theme -- Every Believer Sharing, Every Person Hearing -- by 2020

Vision -- To fulfill the Great Commission in North America by 2020.

There has never been a time when more tools are available to equip and inspire believers to simply share with others what Christ has done for them.

GPS helps you coordinate your church’s evangelism efforts among the lost with others across North America.  Trust that God is already at work! The needs of each community are unique, and you know best the needs of your community. Adapt the information provided to suit your unique community.

Ideas and resources on this website are offered free of charge through the partnership between the North American Mission Board and your state convention and the funds provided through the Cooperative Program. Also, know that your Acts 1:8 partners (your association, your state convention, and the North American Mission Board) are ready to assist you in training and consultation as you have need. www.GPS2020.net.

Strategy -- 4 Biblical Markers:
Praying -- Every church praying for lost people
Equipping -- Every believer equipped to share as a trained witness
Sowing -- Every lost person receiving a witness
Harvesting -- Every church harvesting and celebrating every salvation response

Bi-Annual Themes:
2012 -- Reaching Across North America
2014 -- Serving Across North America
2016 -- Sharing Across North America
2018 -- Start Something Across North America
2020 -- Celebrating Across North America

Prime: A Conference on Biblical Manhood

God’s calling for every man is to let his life, his marriage, and his relationships be a picture of the Gospel. “Prime” calls men to the first importance of his personal walk and his role in his home. Bring the men of your church for a powerful night of worship and challenging messages on God’s design for men.

If you missed the Prime Conference for men held in your area or just wanted to learn more, watch "A Theology of Marriage," filmed at the Prime Conference held at Bethel BC in Troy. Using the creation account from Genesis 1-3, a theology for marriage is established. Dr. Mark Liederbach covers biblical headship, the purpose of marriage, and the beauty of marital intimacy. Part 1, Part 2

 2014 Prime Conference dates
September 11 (new date) Northern Prime Conference: Bread of Life, Chicago
- September 18 Central Prime Conference: Chatham Baptist
- September 25 Southern Prime Conference: FBC Herrin

REACH: A Missional Sunday School/Small Group Strategy for the 21st Century

REACHOnly 10% of the American church has ever shared their faith.

  • Not like any other evangelism strategy you have ever seen! Will not simply retrain the 10% of your church that is willing to share their faith … it will mobilize and motivate the 90% in every church!
  • REACH is not a “new program.” It is a comprehensive prayer and outreach strategy based on Biblical mandate, researched facts about our culture, and contextual need.

We can help with individual church consultation for successful implementation.R.E.A.C.H. EVANGELISTIC SUNDAY SCHOOL/ SMALL GROUP TRAINING.

Here’s how it works: Once a month, each member of the class or group commits to contact a guest or prospect through e-mail, phone call, text message, written note or lunch appointment, to encourage them that they have been prayed for and to extend a sincere invitation for them to attend the class or group.

The volunteers have seven days to complete the task; then, they come back to the group and a different set of volunteers starts the process over again.

For questions or more information contact Tim Sadler at (217) 391-3131 or TimSadler@IBSA.org or Jenna Nickelson at (217) 391-3127 or JennaNickelson@IBSA.org.

Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries

The downward trend in baptisms across our denomination has been accredited to many things, but perhaps one major contributing factor is the lack of true, biblical discipleship in our churches! Taking a new believer and leading them on a spiritual journey toward maturity is a lifelong endeavor. Yet that is exactly what the New Testament church in Acts took on as their discipleship strategy. The results? Thousands coming to Christ... led by new believers who were being discipled by the apostles!

Our commission to "make disciples" certainly begins with evangelism, but it certainly doesn't end there! Your Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries team stands ready to assist, encourage, motivate and resource your church for reaching people with the gospel and developing them into spiritually mature believers.

Evangelism and Discipleship strategies have several things in common:
- They are both intentional. They don't just happen... they are prayerfully prepared and implemented.
- They are both scripture based. The Word of God is essential to all evangelism and disciple-making ministries.
- They are both supernatural. The power of the Holy Spirit makes our evangelism and discipleship fruitful.

Let your Evangelism and Discipleship team share with your church or association the many new, as well as tried and true, resources that are available for using in our fulfilling our Great Commission.

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