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Text Peek: Contemporary Evangelism

Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional

By Alvin Reid

Evangelism means to share the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost person. Missions means getting to know a people and their culture to be more effective in sharing Christ. Missional means that I, though living in the West, take the posture of a missionary. This will include attractional evangelism, which the conventional church in my lifetime has done pretty well. But it will mean adding a focus on building churches where believers see themselves as missionaries in the culture, sharing Christ and living out the implications of a Christ-following lifestyle at every level, and raising children to do the same.

I recall a time in my tradition when the focus was to help every member discover he or she is a minister. Authors were writing books on the topic “Every Member a Minster.” I believe the better focus would be “Every Member a Missionary.”

Alvin Reid (chapter 1)


  • 1. Things must change: the new mission field


  • 2. A movement not a method: The message we share
  • 3. Why do we do the things we do? Motives for evangelism
  • 4. The mission of God: A missional reading of Scripture
  • 5. Jesus and Paul
  • 6. The birth of a movement: Evangelism in the Acts
  • 7. History I: Second through the eighteenth century
  • 8. History II: Nineteenth century to our time
  • 9. A theology of evangelism


  • 10. The work of the Spirit
  • 11. The power of prayer
  • 12. Testimony
  • 13. The potency of consistency: Character
  • 14. Disciplines


  • 15. The need of the hour: Leadership
  • 16. Personal evangelism: The what
  • 17. Personal evangelism: The how
  • 18. Church evangelism
  • 19. Worship evangelism: Linking the glory of God to the gospel
  • 20. Mass evangelism


  • 21. Paradigms
  • 22. Church planting
  • 23. Reaching the unchurched
  • 24. Reaching children and families
  • 25. Reaching the next generation
  • 26. Reach the cities, reach the nations

The Course: Contemporary Evangelism

This is one of the required textbooks for the course “Contemporary Evangelism,” a course offered fully online by Rockbridge Seminary in the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Ministry Leadership (MML), and Diploma in Ministry Studies (DMS) programs.

Course Schedule

  • 2014 Term 2 (Mar 4-Apr 28) – MDiv, MML
Courses are taught fully online in 8-week terms. Each course allows students to build learning from the context of their own ministry roles while enjoying the stimulation of a global learning community. Learners are guided by academically qualified professors with current and relevant ministry experience.


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