Evangelism Summit 2022

The Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission and Church Growth is excited to announce EVANGELISM SUMMIT 2022: Magnify Our Witness; Our Invitation; Our Welcome on February 19 at First Methodist Waco. The Magnify Our Witness-Invitation-Welcome summit is designed to be a means of reenergizing congregations who are continuing to navigate through a long and difficult COVID season in the life of the church. The Summit will be a time of coming together to focus on our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ as we all effort to reengage with our communities in new and innovative ways. Bishop Ruben Saenz will be on hand as a participant and to lead us in worship. Please make your plans to join us and click on the above to register.

Evangelism:  I am not sure that means what you think it means

I don’t get the "warm fuzzies" when I hear the word “Evangelism.” In fact, during college, I took a spiritual gifts inventory, which suggested my top gift was Evangelism. To a 20 year old college student, you might as well have said my number one gift was brain surgery. When I thought of a budding evangelist, I thought of a young man that I knew who could quote the Roman Road backwards and forwards. Surely his spiritual gift should have been Evangelist, but not me! I mean, I loved to talk about Jesus, but I would never be pushy or coercive about it.  I only wanted to share because I was excited about what God was doing in my life.


Back then, I thought the exercise of the spiritual gifts inventory was a complete waste of my time. Fast forward 30 years and you will find me moving homes because my ministry context was changing. In a box tucked away long ago (like a gift waiting to be opened), there existed all kinds of papers from my college days - papers that included that Spiritual Inventory test. As I prepared to assume the role as Executive Director for the Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth, I thought to myself, “well played God… well played.” Read More.




Conference Speakers

Click on the following to learn more about those scheduled to lead the discussions and learnings during ES22.


Why Magnify Christ: Our Witness, Invitation & Welcome?

Click on the title above to learn more about Evangelism Summit 2022's focus on Magnifying Our Witness, Invitation and Welcome as we collectively work to energize and equip CTC congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Summit Information

More details on events and opportunities before, during and after ES22 are available at the following links

Pre-Evangelism Summit Trainings
Devotionals by CTC Lay & Clergy
Lunch & Learn (sponsored by GLOO)
ES22 Online Availability
Evangelism & Discipleship Grants
April 30 Discipleship Summit
ES22 Coordination Team
ES22 Downloadable Brochure
Summit Workbook (coming soon)
ES22 Registration



Registration is Now Open

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