Church Training: Starting Spiritual Conversation
At Global City Mission Initiative (GCMI) we are passionate about working with local churches in cities around the US to help equip them to reach their communities.
What is the evangelism training like?
It is a highly interactive workshop. We begin the training by teaching from our experience, and we move to participants practicing these skills for themselves. There is a lot of interaction & discussion. We make time for lots of questions and work to meet the participants where they are in their own ministry development.
What led you to start offering evangelism training?
As a mission organization, we have learned a lot from reaching people who were outside of the church. We feel it is our shared responsibility to bring what we are learning to local churches, and we strongly believe in mutual partnerships. As a disciple-making initiative, equipping churches is part of our mission.
How long does a training last?
A typical conversational evangelism workshop takes approximately 3 hours. This can be adjusted to be a little longer or a little shorter. If there is no travel involved for the trainer (ie., the church host is in the same city), we sometimes can break up the evangelism training into two or three separate sessions.
Will Global City Mission help me promote the training and encourage evangelism in my church?
Yes, Global City Mission has some general resources. In addition, we are happy to collaborate with your church’s media department to produce videos, podcasts, or similar media while working with your church.
How much does it cost?
Global City Mission is a mission organization; therefore, we rely on financial partnerships to sustain & grow as a ministry. The cost of a conversational evangelism training is $950 + any travel expenses, paid directly to Global City Mission. We want to make this training as accessible as possible to local churches, so please let us know if you are interested in scheduling a training.
What will my church members get out of it?
Our hope is that your church members will learn ways to bring up faith in their everyday conversations and do so without being overwhelmed by pressure or fear of failure. This goal drives the training. We are encouraging evangelism practices that are accessible to the average church member in their regular interactions with friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.
Do you offer any training beyond the conversational evangelism seminar?
Yes, but of course it depends on the needs & vision of your church. There is no one-size-fits-all, but some opportunities might include: training in starting evangelistic small groups, cross-cultural ministry in ethnically diverse areas, or online disciple-maker cohorts for launching grassroots outreach in your city.