NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Congress on Evangelism for the United Methodist Church convenes at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 3-6, 2012. Focusing on Wesleyan evangelism in the local church, the Congress is designed for leaders, both clergy and lay – addressing their need for tools, inspiration, and community. Workshops provide practical, hands-on lessons for evangelism in the local church, led by successful practitioners (and meeting continuing education credit requirements). Worship is spirit-filled and healing for those experiencing challenges in their own evangelism ministry.
This year the Congress on Evangelism partners with the United Methodist Publishing House and ALPHA to feature nationally recognized practitioners in the area of attendance growth and congregational vitality.
Wade Paschal, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Tulsa, and Jonathan Jeffries, senior pastor of Creedmoor United Methodist Church, will provide leadership sessions on ALPHA. ALPHA is an outreach for seekers and the unchurched.
There will be specialized workshops in four important areas:
· Hispanic Ministry;
· Local Pastors;
· Empowering the Black Church; and
· Certified Lay Speakers.
The Congress on Evangelism is sponsored by the Council on Evangelism, an affiliate of the General Board of Discipleship, and receives support from The Foundation for Evangelism.