Let Your Light Shine! Event

A member of the Evangelism Task Force passed on the following invitation to a special event in evangelistic training.  I offer it as a guest blog while I am on renewal leave with a strong recommendation that readers consider attending.  Dr. Tommy Brumett has an outstanding ministry and more importantly a passion for sharing Christ.  Lay and clergy alike would greatly benefit! Bishop Mike Lowry lIGHT sHINE Time is running out to register for the Let Your Light Shine seminar.  Speakers are in place and we are just waiting for you to sign up.  Please click the link below so we can reserve you a seat. The importance of evangelism has been diminished in our faith communities. There is a great deal of confusion about the role of evangelism in our churches. We are uncertain about the relationship between evangelism and church growth and many well-intentioned followers of Jesus Christ simply struggle to share their faith story. Last fall 60 pastors and church leaders gathered at Grace Avenue. We asked the question, "What would be most helpful in growing your evangelism ministry?" 90% of the respondents answered: "Better training opportunities for lay members." This is just such an opportunity. Spend the day learning creative, tested, and practical methods for doing evangelism in your mission field. When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00am-3:30pm Where:  Grace Avenue United Methodist Church 3521 Main Street Frisco, TX 75034 (Map) Cost: $30 per attendee / $25 per attendee for groups of 4 or more Keynote Speaker, Tommy Brummett brumettDr. Tommy Brumett will be the keynote speaker. Tommy has served a variety of appointments of all shapes and sizes across the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Every church he has served has excelled in evangelism. He is currently pastor of FUMC McKinney; a church that has grown its attendance over 70% in the last seven years making it one of the top 25 fastest growing United Methodist Churches in the United States. Breakout Sessions Following the keynote address there will be breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics related to evangelism in the 21st century. Bring yourself or your entire team to this exciting one day event hosted by Grace Avenue United Methodist Church.
    • Evangelism Tool Kit
      • Best Practices related to evangelism in your church
      • This will be led by Billy Echols-Richter (Billy is the Pastor of Grace Avenue UMC and has been with the church since the beginning.)
    • Telling My Story
      • How to share your faith story with others
      • This will be led by laity members from Grace Avenue.  It will be a facilitated Q&A session to help people get comfortable with telling their story.
    • Guest Cultivation
      • Learn successful systems, processes and procedures for reaching out to and tracking guests throughout the year
      • This will be led by Patty Froehlich (Patty is the Associate Pastor of Connections at First UMC McKinney.)
    • Developing Your Church's Community Influence
      • How to develop and leverage activities that will make an impact on your community
      • This will be led by Laura Echols-Richter (Laura is the Executive Minister at Grace Avenue responsible for Program Ministries.)
    • Marketing for Today's Church
      • What works and what doesn't when advertising your local church
      • This will be led by Leslie Duncan (Leslie is the Partner and COO of the Duncan/Day Advertising Company in Plano TX.)
    • Getting past the Scary
      • Concepts of Evangelism; definition, theories, and models
      • This will be led by Dr. Tommy Brumett (Dr. Brumett will also be our keynote speaker.  He is the pastor at First UMC, McKinney.)
    • Evangelism in Social Media
      • Using the power of social media to share your faith and church
      • This will be led by Kim Eiffert (Kim is the Director of Communications at Grace Avenue UMC.)
    • Evangetality
      • The importance of hospitality as a part of evangelism ministry
      • This will be led by Dr. Jim Ozier (Dr. Ozier is the Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference.)
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