This is an advanced class in the Lay Servant Ministry program. The key to Wesley’s way of sharing the faith is to relate to others in love, compassion and gratitude for God’s divine grace. Transforming Evangelism is steeped in the Wesleyan tradition, exposing how God’s love and grace comes to each of us as we once received it, through the gift of proclamation.
A true transformative act of evangelism is R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.A.L.: Renewal; Enter; Listening; Acceptance; Testimony; Inviting; On-Going; New Beings; Assurance; Live-It. As Christians, we are not to keep the gift we receive through evangelism; we are to live out what we learn in community and study, by inviting others into this grace. You will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others, but also welcoming people into a community where they can grown in faith. This class will be led by Rev. Rick Lasley.
As mentioned above, this class is being offered in a hybrid format, meaning you can either participate in person or join the class via Zoom. To have credit for this class, participants are required to invest 10 hours. We have allotted 2.5 hrs for you to read and comprehend the book Transforming Evangelism by Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe, Jr.; the class time on Saturday, February 12, will begin at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m., totaling for five hrs of participation; and the final 2.5 hrs are allotted for your written summary on the course including your action plan of using what you have learned from the course. Failure to read the book, attend class, and/or complete the action plan will prevent credit for the course. You can purchase the book through cokesbury.com for $14 or check out other publishing sites. Please remember that for those attending in person will have lunch provided.