Considering the Great Commission: Evangelism and Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit

Considering the Great Commission: Evangelism and Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit

by Phillip Meadows, W. Stephen Gunter, Achim Hartner, Andrew Walls
     
 
A comprehensive guide to the theology and practice of evangelism within the Wesleyan tradition.
No one would deny that evangelism stands at the heart of the Wesleyan/Methodist movement. Yet ask any number of representatives of that movement what evangelism means, and you will get an equal number of definitions. Is it bringing the lost to saving faith in Christ?

Overview

A comprehensive guide to the theology and practice of evangelism within the Wesleyan tradition.
No one would deny that evangelism stands at the heart of the Wesleyan/Methodist movement. Yet ask any number of representatives of that movement what evangelism means, and you will get an equal number of definitions. Is it bringing the lost to saving faith in Christ? Working to conform the social order to the Kingdom of God? Deepening the commitment of disciples to the work the Gospel?
This important new volume answers that evangelism is all these, and more. Drawing on the work of prominent theologians and church leaders, it examines both the theory and the practice of evangelism among the people called Methodist, charting a course for a faithfully Wesleyan fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687493630
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

W. Stephen Gunter is President of Young Harris College -Young Harris, GA.

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Professor of Christian Education, Nazarene Theological Seminary

Elaine A Robinson is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of United Studies and Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University (the second campus for Saint Paul).

John Wesley Zwomunondiita Kurewa is Vice-Chancellor and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Africa University. He has served as Secretary to the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

Laceye Warner is Executive Vice Dean, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies, and Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Rob Weber is Senior Pastor and founder of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Grace Community is a teaching church, with multigenerational ministries that serve over 1200 in worship attendance each week. Rob Weber is in high demand as a speaker for church leadership events throughout the world, including England, Korea, and the USA. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, attended college in Jackson, Mississippi at Millsaps College with a degree in Theater and Philosophy, was trained for ministry at the Lliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Communication and Leadership.

Rob’s primary focus in his writing and in his congregation is to develop visual communication, effective leadership, and multi-faceted worship. He suggests that these three things are crucial for building a lasting and diverse Christian community in the midst of rapid change.

He wrote and presented the video portions of Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith. He is also the author of Visual Leadership, ReConnecting: A Weslyan Guide for the Renewal of Our Congregation (Abingdon Press) co-author of Igniting Worship Series: Communion (Abingdon Press) and ReConnecting Worship: Where Tradition and Innovation Converge (Abingdon Press) including a video-based workbook for churches that want to diversify their worship styles.

home address: 3120 Comanche Trail, Lexington, KY 40503
(2008): Ron Crandall, Professor Emeritus, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Executive Director, SCLI/ABIDE.

(2001) Ron Crandall is the McCreless Professor of Evangelism in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Previously, he worked with small churches as evangelism director for the General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church. He sings in the Lexington, Kentucky, Community Chorus and was the president of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He is the author of WITNESS: Exploring and Sharing Your Christian Faith, a 25-week small group resource to be released by Discipleship Resources.

Scott J. Jones is the Resident Bishop of the Great Plains area of The United Methodist Church. He was formerly the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, where he taught courses in evangelism and Wesley studies. Previous books include The Wesleyan Way, The Evangelistic Love of God & Neighbor, Staying at the Table, and Wesley and the Quadrilateral, all published by Abingdon Press.

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