GPS - God's Plan for Sharing
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

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:

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

New Awakening Evangelism Conference

register now greenMarch 27-28, 2015

Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur

Featured Speakers:

Johnny HuntPastor and former SBC President Johnny Hunt






Alvin ReidAuthor and SEBTS professor Alvin Reid





Friday sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday sessions start at 8:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 (lunch included) $15 for non-affiliated IBSA churches.

Mark your calendar and check back here for more information. Hotel information coming soon.



Student Ministry Resource Event

February 20-21, 2015

IBSA, Springfield

Resources and information for Student Ministers, volunteer Youth Workers and students who are leaders in their church groups. Mark your calendar and check back for more information.

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 or Debbie Muller at (217) 391-3127 or

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.

Tim Sadler

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

Debbie Muller

Debbie MullerMinistry Assistant
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3126

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