Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists to Focus on Equipping Evangelists to Minister In the 21st Century

Equipping evangelists to minister in the 21st century will be the focus when the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists gathers in Phoenix in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.

An evangelists’ retreat and business meeting June 9-10 at the Arizona Biltmore will be followed by a Sunday worship service hosted by Southern Baptist evangelists June 11 at First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix. A “Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long” June 12 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.

The emphasis on evangelists’ work in the 21st century will include discussion of mentoring a new generation of evangelists and using technology to facilitate Gospel witness.

“One of the things we’re really going to focus on and pray about is how to involve more young guys who are evangelists,” Southern Baptist Evangelists president David Stockwell said. “What can we do to identify them, equip them and encourage them?”

One way to mentor aspiring evangelists, Stockwell said, is for men and women with years of experience to take younger evangelists with them on ministry trips and conduct joint evangelistic ventures.

Southern Baptist Evangelists vice president Sammy Tippit will help lead the discussion of technology in evangelism. Over the past two years, Tippit has seen hundreds profess faith in Christ in India through evangelistic sermons preached via Skype. He also has launched an interactive, multilingual discipleship app that helps believers lead friends to deeper walks with Christ — even if those friends live on the other side of the globe.

Stockwell said Southern Baptist Evangelists have developed a new app as well that helps churches and pastors locate and communicate with evangelists. An online directory of Southern Baptist Evangelists can be accessed at www.sbcevangelist.org.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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