Bishop Robert Schnase, author of The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations—which many in this Conference are reading—will be one of the speakers at the Congress on Evangelism 2009, “Leading in the Wesleyan Way,” in Nashville in January. Every attendee will receive, as part of his or her registration, a copy of Bishop Schnase’s book.
The Congress on Evangelism is sponsored by the Council on Evangelism and the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, with support from The Foundation for Evangelism. The congress meets every January at different locations, presenting motivational speakers and workshops based on evangelism.
The 2009 event will be January 6-9, 2009 at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee and will feature speakers representing a range of theological points of view. A series, “Navigating the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations,” will be offered during workshop times on two of the four days. A first-time-ever educational track, Hispanic/Latino Leadership, will be led by Dr. Roberto Escamilla with participation from other recognized United Methodist leaders in the Hispanic/Latino ministry area. Workshop leaders in this track will represent General Boards and Agencies of the Church, the local church, and nationwide organizations focused on evangelism. There will be spirited discussions, in a multi-lingual format.
Every other year, the Foundation for Evangelism chooses and sponsors the Denman Lecturer at the congress—a distinguished pastor or lay person who delivers a series of lectures on evangelism. Dr. William Abraham, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will deliver the ’09 Denman Lecture series.
The President of the Council on Evangelism, Dr. David S. Kerr, invites you to prayerfully consider starting your New Year at the congress.
“You’ll sit at the feet of significant leaders who will challenge and equip you to embrace new behaviors for the making of Christian disciples,” he says.
“May the ‘09 Congress on Evangelism be a place where God’s Spirit empowers you to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Come. Pray. Let God go deep inside.”
The Foundation for Evangelism provides a limited number of scholarships for the event to first-time attendees, and members of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists receive a discounted rate. NAUME members and those requesting scholarships are asked to register online.
Make hotel arrangements through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. A group rate is available. (Details at congressonevangelism.org.)