It’s commonly accepted that the process of someone coming to faith is now typically a long one. However, at our recent Emerging Evangelist Conference we challenged Mike Frost to encapsulate the Gospel in a limited time space. This is what he came up with. (more…)
There are many habits of church life that keep Christians inside the bubble and limit their missional potential. There are other habits that propel Christians outwards into a life of evangelistic cutting edge. At our recent Emerging Evangelists Conference Mike Frost fleshed out the five missional habits encapsulated by the acronym B.E.L.L.S. (more…)
Mark Mittelberg maintains that evangelism is “one of the highest values in the church and one of the least practiced”. He writes, “The irony is that while many of us are in churches and denominations that have a rich heritage and strong reputation for evangelism, in many cases, precious little is actually happening. Let’s be honest: in most ministries very few lost people are being reached for Christ.” (more…)
“A century ago, Western countries contained more than four times as many Christians as the countries of the Majority World. Today, more than 1.3 billion Christians live in the Majority World, compared with about 860 million in the West.” That’s an astounding shift in only one hundred years!! “We are currently living through one of the transforming moments in history.” (more…)
Our second Emerging Evangelists Conference took place at the historic Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne in late October. We had the most representative spread of participants ever with a rich diversity of culture, context, gender and geography. (more…)
“Evangelism today and in particular with post-moderns requires prayer, listening, building trust, genuineness, real change and real action, openness and honesty. The gospel needs constant translation into their terminology and equipping those in developing post-modern cultures and sub-cultures with the tools (more…)
“I can’t help asking, why is it that Australian Baptists in foreign mission are intentional, relational, adaptive and creative in their expressions of evangelism – but at home we seem to-be ad-hoc, constrained by our existing socio-economic circles, rigid in our expressions of worship and witness?” (more…)
Have you ever attempted the Coke-Can Challenge? The idea is to hold a full can of Coke (or indeed any other beverage that is willing to sponsor this blog) out in front of you at full arm’s length, for as long as possible. The can doesn’t weigh much, but (if you’re like me) you’ll find you’re in agony after a couple of minutes. But if it’s close to your body, you could carry it all day. (more…)
After successful tours of Australia in 2010 and 2013, Crossover is pleased to announce that Dennis Pethers will be joining us again for a 2014 tour. Dennis will be conducting a range of meetings with church leaders and churches in WA, VIC, SA, TAS, and NSW. In addition Dennis will be joining us again, as guest speaker at the second Emerging Evangelists Conference in Melbourne in October, 2014.
Dennis is the founder of Viz-A-Viz Ministries and International Director of“More to Life”. He grew up in the East End of London and for the early part of his life knew nothing of church, Jesus or the Christian faith. He discovered the amazing truth about Jesus whilst reading ‘Mere Christianity’ sitting on a train outside of Liverpool Street Station.
Since coming to know Jesus, Dennis has travelled extensively across the UK and around the world telling people about Jesus and equipping churches and Christians to engage in effective evangelism. Dennis is an author and creator of numerous creative resources that are being been used by churches to help people discover the truth about Jesus. He has also written and presented a number of evangelistic videos, with the recent ‘More to Life’ DVD selling, 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
In 1993 Dennis founded Viz-A-Viz Ministries, an organisation committed to ‘Relevant Communication of the gospel to people today’. Now, through its various ministries huge numbers of adults, young people and children are being reached every year through creative and effective events using music, drama, visual media, and speaking that connects with the unchurched.
As International Director of More to Life, Dennis speaks at Church Leaders Conferences, and a variety of other events all around the world. He works in close partnership with Lifeway Christian Publishing in the US, and with numerous networks of leaders in many parts of the world. He also worked closely with Premier Christian Media in the UK, presenting a weekly show on Premier Radio – ‘Wind of Change’ and having significant input and direction into the evangelism aspect of ‘Premier Love London’.
Dennis communicates the message of Jesus with passion and clarity. Always ‘down to earth’ he is known for his ability to present the truth about Jesus in ways that make sense to people who are not familiar with church. He has a passion that the church in the western world will rediscover what it means to live for Jesus and impact lost people with the great news of the gospel.
Dennis Pethers Australian Visit Dates, 2014
QLD – Warwick Baptist Church – Saturday 4th October
Life Point Baptist Church, Brisbane – Sunday 5th October – Morning Service (Redcliffe) and Evening Service (Kelvin Grove)
Stanley River – Monday 6th October
More Information – Contact Stephen Ball: [email protected]
TAS – Mission Summit (Longford) Friday 10 + Saturday 11 October 2014
Hobart : Tuesday 7 October
Launceston Wednesday 8 October
Wynard: Thursday 9 October
SA – 4D Leadership Conference, Saturday 18th October 2014.
VIC – Balwyn Baptist Church, Thursday 23 October 2014.
Pastors & Ministry Leaders Event and an Open Session. 141023Dennis PethersThe Rooftop v2.
NSW – Epping: (Invitation Only) Pastors Luncheon, Friday 24th October 2014.
Contact Pete Davies for information.
Wyong Baptist, Sunday 26th October – 10am Service, Evangelistic Sermon.
WA – Yokine Baptist Church, Thursday 30th October 2014.
Emerging Evangelists Conference (VIC) : 21-22 October 2014.
The purpose of the Emerging Evangelists Conference is to affirm, invest in and equip emerging evangelists in each State who could benefit from getting together with other experienced evangelists who can offer mentoring and essential experience. The vision of the conference is to raise up a new generation of evangelists, people who will make a difference in their region. Attendance is by invitation, more information can be obtained from your State denomination.
How do we join God on His mission? How do we discern what God is up to in our world? How can the Holy Spirit help us with discernment?
Joining with God on His mission
We need to be clear on God’s mission; and our identity as God’s church on God’s mission before we attempt to discern the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has a purpose which goes beyond simple discernment for our own benefit. (more…)