Local Church Training

The Commission has a number of evangelism training programs to assist in equipping your local church to carry out the ministry of evangelism. We can provide a trainer to come to your church or we can provide assistance for someone within your church that will do the training.  The Commission also can provide on site training for specific topics your church needs to address.

For more information please contact us.

Local Church Coaches

The Commission has several coaches/consultants who are trained to help local churches develop a strategy for evangelism. To be a coach, you must be a member of a local Churches of God congregation, satisfactorily complete the six core courses in the ERC School of Evangelism, attend a special class on serving as a consultant, and have an interview with the Commission.

The Coaching Director is also the head of the School of Evangelism.

Coaches receive compensation for their service plus mileage and expenses depending on the level of involvement with the local church. Coaches are assigned to a church by the coaching director in cooperation with the ERC Associate for Renewal.  The Coaching Director establishes a contract with a local church to determine mutual responsibilities for the cost of using a coach in a local church.

Currently we have four certified consultants and a fifth in preparation:

- Dave Anderson is a member of our Mount Joy Church where he serves as an elder and as chairman of their Commission on Evangelism.

- Robert Bell is a retired pastor living in Harrisburg.  His most recent pastoral assignment was with the Smithville Church of God.

- Tom Meyers is the pastor of the High View Church of God.

- Samuel Ruggiero is an elder and chairman of the Commission on Outreach and Evangelism at the Church of God of Landisville.

-Jim Klock is the Associate Pastor at Enola Church of God.

 

BRIDGEBUILDERS

Bridgebuilders Seminar is a new training workshop being made available from the Commission on Evangelism. It is subtitled “Helping Traditional Churches Reach Their Unchurched Neighbors.” Studies show us that the number one resource for evangelizing unchurched people in America is planting new churches. But does that mean that traditional churches should just not bother.  In many churches there are people with a deep heart for the lost, who believe that a matured church can effectively reach new people–even those with no Christian roots.

 

It is sometimes, however, an uphill battle.  Many Christians in traditional churches live in what Dan Kimball has called “the Christian bubble” with little significant contact or relationships with non-Christians and the unchurched. And as the culture has increasingly marginalized established churches, traditional churches can easily find themselves as an “alien” culture inside the larger one. In that setting, their “evangelistic” efforts often revolve around rearranging persons who were once churched or who have abandoned their Christian roots for a time.

 

Bridgebuilders seeks to help traditional churches end that isolation and return to the front lines–and to help multiply the Kingdom by reaching the growing population in America for whom God is out of sight and out of mind. Workshop designer, Dr. Steve Dunn will lead this workshop along with others. This is a workshop for both lay persons and pastors.

 

The Seminar does this by equipping persons with understanding, questions and tools for once again becoming missionaries on the mission field that begins at their church’s front door.