­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Evangelism Overture for 2016 General Assembly

Who: 2016 GA Commissioners assigned to (06) Church Polity and Ordered Ministry Committee and seminary stakeholders

What:  Request concurrence on an Evangelism Overture (#06-02 Ovt 011) amending G-2.0607c. to add training in evangelism to requirements for Teaching Elder. The Overture originated in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay (FL) and gained concurrences from Huntingdon (PA) and Kiskiminetas (PA) presbyteries.

When: June 18 – 25, 2016.

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR


  • To raise up a new generation of Teaching Elders equipped to lead and teach evangelistic ministries
  • To develop missional leaders for a missional church
  • Prompt a strategic discussion on evangelism at the PC(USA) enterprise level
  • The General Assembly is the only church-wide forum to discuss and produce strategic change through Book of Order refinements for equipping the next generation of Teaching Elders.
  • To generate a constitutional dialogue at the General Assembly among commissioners and Presbyterian seminary stakeholders on optimal approaches to evangelism for new generations of leaders.

Evangelism Overture and Rationale
Merits of an Evangelism Overture
Three Minute Statement in support of the Overture
US Culture through the lens of Cynefin Framework
Pew Research Center

Rise of the Nones, The: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated
By: James Emery White, Baker Books / 2014

To discover, develop, and deliver innovative evangelism tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for congregations in order to grow churches numerically and faithfully.


The Rev Dr. Bob Pitman founded Knox Fellowship, a 501c3 corporation dedicated to advancing evangelism, in Burlingame, CA in 1991. Since then task organized Knox teams have conducted or financed over 600 evangelism events stateside and overseas. Presbyterian Church (USA) churches and presbyteries were hosts for most of these events while a variety of Reformed Churches hosted some 50 events in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Knox Fellowship has launched four immigrant church planting ministries in the United States: two Spanish; one Portuguese; one Nepalese. Knox Fellowship divided into two ministries in 2010: Knox conducts stateside evangelistic ministries while Global Fellowship Network (GFN), Lake Havasu City, AZ conducts strategic evangelistic ministries in Central and South America, East Africa and Nepal, and in Eastern Europe. GFN serves to enact on God’s requirement of the Church’s participation in missions, through the crossing of geographical and cultural borders, for the purpose of making Christ known amongst all nations (Acts 1:8). This work is done through the participation of regular Christians to assist with the diverse ministry needs of indigenous church leaders.

Meanwhile, Knox has experimented with various evangelistic strategies for the last five years. The Student Cohort concept is the latest in these efforts. Rev. Carl R. Lammers, Tampa, is Moderator. Reverends Paul Doriani (NY), J. Perry Wootten (NY), Tom Priest (CA), and Elder Art Greathead (CA) are current leaders on the board among others who come from Arizona, New York, Florida, and Brazil.

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