­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Evangelism Overture for 2016 General Assembly

Who: Kiskiminetas Presbytery vote pending; St. Paul’s in Northern Cambria Session already concurred.

What:  Request concurrence on an Evangelism Overture (#11 at PC-Biz .org) on amending G-2.0607c. to add training in evangelism to requirements for Teaching Elder, originating from the Presbytery of Tampa Bay

When:

  • Meeting of Kiskiminetas Presbytery, 10:00 a.m., FEB 13, 2016, concurrence  pending
  • Meeting of Tampa Bay Presbytery JUL 23, 2015 passed the overture 81 to 44.

Where: Sligo Presbyterian Church, 403 Colerain St, Sligo, PA 16255

Why:

  • 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.

Resources:

Evangelism Overture and Rationale submitted to General Assembly posted on PC-Biz.org

Merits of an Evangelism Overture for 2016 General Assembly included in Tampa Bay Presbytery packets

Three Minute Statement in support of the Evangelism Overture

Mission

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

History

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.