What is your Reason?

In the Ministry Today magazine, they recently had an article entitled 9 Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize. Here are three of the nine reasons they listed:

1. We have few evangelistic role models.
2. Some churches have provided no evangelism training.
3. Pastors aren’t taking the lead in evangelism

Those reasons are a good description of the evangelistic duties listed of a pastor in the CRC. (In the Manual of the CRC Government (article 12-a) it shares that one of the duties of pastors of congregations is to: Engaging in and Promoting Evangelism. It States: Both the pastor and elders are called to participate in and promote evangelism, giving leadership as well as setting a zealous example for the congregation in the promotion of this work.).
The Go and Tell evangelism seminar is one way to equip the pastors and elders to engage in and promote evangelism with their congregation and helps them to set a zealous example for their congregation. Go and Tell is a three hour seminar and is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. The Go and Tell evangelism seminar is a free online seminar and includes videos, audio, booklet, and additional free resources. To access Go and Tell free online go to www.fortwaynecrc.com and Click on the Go and Tell tab.
Go and Tell Testimonial from Steven Van Zanen (Director for Missions Mobilization, Christian Reformed World Missions): “Many are concerned about the future of Christianity in America, and with good reason. The most important cure for what ails the Church is a renewed appreciation for the heart of the Gospel message and the ability to communicate that to others. The kind of training in evangelism offered by Go and Tell will not only enable people to effectively witness to Jesus Christ, it will deepen the faith of those trained and encourage them in their walk of faith.”
If you have any questions about the Go and Tell evangelism seminar or if you would like to host a seminar-please contact me.

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Go and Tell Testimonial

Wow! I love the “Go and Tell” video series and support materials you’ve developed, Jim. I noticed your post today on Facebook and stopped to view the first part. Wish I were up there to attend. I listened to the first video workshop and was reminded how much we miss you. The Lord has brought you to mind in recent months as I’ve had opportunity to share the gospel with many young ladies who visit the women’s crisis pregnancy center where I serve as counselor. I’ve remembered what you’ve taught me about evangelism years ago and have been looking into resources on how to most effectively share the gospel to those who come see me. What an awesome opportunity! I love sharing and praying with these struggling women (and some men). Your integration of other materials with your acrostics is so valuable. Thank you.  I plan to finish your workshop materials online but of course would really prefer hearing you in person. You and Kristi are so dear to us. Just wanted to tell you that again and to tell you that I am thrilled with your ministry focus, my fellow fisher of men. Thanks for inspiring me today! -Diane

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Go and Tell Testimonial

Go and Tell evangelism seminar is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. The Go and Tell seminar is a three hour seminar that will equip and motivate the Body of Christ to share the gospel with others.

 

Go and Tell Seminar Testimonial from Reverend Ron De Young-International Student Fellowship WMU:  “I found the Go and Tell evangelism training seminar to provide an excellent tool for everyone who seeks to witness to those who do not know Christ. Strengths of this method include its Biblical and Doctrinal foundation, respecting established relationships, the small amount of material one needs to learn, and the versatility one has to follow the Spirit’s leading. It is useful for someone who is just learning to witness or for someone who has been sharing the gospel for a long time.”

 

Go and Tell evangelism seminar is free online and includes videos, audio, booklet, and additional free resources. To access Go and Tell free online go to www.fortwaynecrc.com and Click on the Go and Tell tab.

 

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Go and Tell Testimonial

Go and Tell Testimonial from Joey DeKoekkoek, Director of Youth and Outreach at Grace CRC:  “Go & Tell is an event your church would benefit greatly if it hosted and you would be challenged and blessed if you attended.  Pastor Jim Halstead teaches a practical, easy to understand method of presenting the gospel message.  He gives you the tools and confidence that you can use in a practical, intentional way in your day to day life.  All this is done in with a responsible and reformed perspective.  I high recommend this seminar for you and your congregation.”

 

Go and Tell seminar is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. Go and Tell evangelism seminar is free online and includes videos, audio, booklet, and additional free resources. To access Go and Tell free online go towww.fortwaynecrc.comand Click on the Go and Tell tab.

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Go and Tell Testimony

Testimonial from a CRC Pastor in Kalamazoo, MI who took the Go and Tell seminar last weekend: “The “Go and Tell” training seminar is aptly named.  We know we should go.  We know we should tell others.  But…., we have so many excuses.  Hearing the personal examples, being reminded to listen, to love our neighbors, and to believe God is already at work ahead of our conversations were the main points I took away from Pastor Halstead’s training.  I was amazed how easily he incorporated familiar witnessing techniques into practical ways to share, grounding them in the teaching of the Heidelberg Catechism.  I left encouraged and inspired to listen to my neighbor and to pray for an opportunity to talk about more than just the usual neighborly things.  After 20 years in church ministry and training in evangelism, this three hour seminar was a wonderful review as well as a spurring on to do what Jesus said, “Go and Tell!

Go and Tell is free online and includes videos, audio, booklet, and additional free resources. To access Go and Tell free online go to www.fortwaynecrc.com and Click on the Go and Tell tab. If you need any additional information about hosting a live Go and Tell seminar, please contact me.

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Go and Tell Testimony

Community CRC hosted the Go and Tell seminar and a pastor wrote this: “I always told myself one dangerous and destructive thought: I am not an evangelist.  For years I said this to myself and others concerning myself.  I had even had the privilege of leading others to Christ but still persisted in thinking that an evangelist was someone else.  An evangelist was someone marked by God for that specific purpose and I certainly was too afraid and uncomfortable in evangelizing for me to be one of them.

            I attended a seminar called Go and Tell which was led by Jim Halstead.  Here are a few simple truths that changed my perspective on what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus Christ:

  • The first truth was that we as believers are commanded to evangelize.  This is not the duty of super hero Christians; this is the duty of EVERYONE who would call themselves a follower of Christ.  To not reach out to others is to show little regard for following Christ.  Christ reached out to us first because of his great love for us and we ought to do the same for others.  The lack of comfort I feel when reaching out takes the focus off of my own abilities and puts it where it belongs: in God and His work through me.
  • The second truth is that the only real way to fail in spreading the truth of God to others is to not bring it up.  Sure you might put your foot in your mouth, you might be offensive, but God uses the flawed to bring about perfection through Him.  When I fail to bring it up it shows my own timidity instead of power that the spirit has given me.  It is also a hint to my own lack of satisfaction in the good news of Christ I profess.  When I am satisfied with the care and service that I received by a business or person I tell other people.  Being an evangelist is something we begin to naturally bring up when we are satisfied customers.

            A few months after attending the Go and Tell seminar I had the opportunity to go and teach in Africa for a semester.  By this time I was already in the habit of bringing up the gospel to most people that I encountered.  Something changed in me over those past few months, rather than seeing sharing Christ with people as a duty, it now was clear it was the most compassionate thing I could do if I actually cared.  By using the F.I.R.E which was taught in the seminar as a launching point, I started to see them as people instead of tasks.  I just wanted to love them and the best way I could do that is to bring Christ around them in some way.

            Time after time as I witnessed for God to others I saw people’s faces fall as we talked about their sin before a holy God.  As these people received Christ I felt the joy in what it meant to truly live.  Our calling and mission is to make disciples and teach them in turn to make disciples.  This is one of the key components to following Christ.  I strongly encourage you to take some time out of your schedule and allow yourself to be reoriented or refined by the Go and Tell seminar.  The tools and perspectives will help prepare you to embrace Christ’s mission for your life as His disciple.”   Phil

Go and Tell is an easy and practical way to share the gospel with others based on the Heidelberg Catechism. The Go and Tell seminar is now free online and includes the video, audio, power points, testimonials, and more. To access Go and Tell online go to www.fortwaynecrc.com and Click on the Go and Tell tab.

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Go and Tell Testimony

Mary Sterenberg, Prayer Mobilizer, CRC Home Missions Great Lakes Region gave this testimony of the Go and Tell seminar: “Jim Halstead shared the Go and Tell Evangelism training following a 12 week prayer and empowerment training with-in the Great Lakes Region (Embers to Flames). It was a perfect conclusion as we were challenged to share the gospel and were given simple tools to do so. Many churches and prayer leaders were challenged and taught to include prayers for those who do not yet know Jesus. The Go and Tell seminar is an excellent resource to wake up the church to our need to reach beyond our walls, and to boldly declare the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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Testimony from one of the intercessors for Embers to Flames:

From one of the intercessors for Embers to Flames:
This AM I had a dream – it was about the end times – in fact, catastrophic things were about to happen, and Jesus was going to be coming that day.  Without going into all details, the immediate thought that came to me upon awaking, was that during the dream we were focusing on the wrong things.  We were focusing on trying to preserve things that would not last once Jesus came – and instead, we should have been focusing on saving souls in the last moments/hours remaining.  It reminded me of the passage from Luke 17:30-36 – about the last days.
There was a sense of hopeless in the dream for some, as they were about to lose what they held dear.  From Luke 17:33 Whoever tries to keep his live will lose it, and whoever loses his live will preserve it.  
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Go and Tell Salvation Testimony

Go and Tell Praise:

I shared Go and Tell (Gospel Presentation)with Jeremy and Katy last night. They have been attending Community CRC since Easter. I just received this from Katy:

“Hi Jim – hope you are enjoying this beautiful Saturday! Jeremy and I received the Lord together this morning. We are excited to start our journey to becoming followers of Christ and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of it. See you tomorrow :)”

Are you equipped to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others? Take the Go and Tell evangelism seminar and share the gospel of Jesus with others today!

“Come follow Me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

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Amazing Grace

Psalm 50:15  15and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.”

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