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					OUTREACH
  is for
EVERYONE
  General Conference
  Women’s Ministries
EVANGELISM MANUAL
   Training Program
  Chapter 1.
Our Gospel
Commission


     General Conference
 Women’s Ministries Department
• Christ's method alone will give true success in
  reaching the people. The Saviour mingled
  with men as one who desired their good. He
  showed His sympathy for them, ministered to
  their needs, and won their confidence. Then
  He bade them, "Follow Me."--The Ministry of
  Healing, p. 143.
• Public evangelism. Tent meetings. Bible
  studies. Visitation. Small group seminars. Why
  do we do these things? Is there a compelling
  reason to share the gospel with others?
• And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, “All
  power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go
  ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
  in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the
  Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things
  whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am
  with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
  Matthew 28: 18-20 KJV.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
peach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them
that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up
serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
shall recover. Mark 16:15-18 KJV
• The mandate is right here. Not only
 must we invite people to come to us
 but we must also go where they are.
• And the promise is there. He will be with us!
  Hold on to His promise. His presence is our
  encouragement, our help, our source of
  strength and power. He, more than we can
  ever fathom, has a heart for the lost and has
  given His all to offer salvation to the people
  we are seeking to reach.
• But let us not go, or teach, or preach without
  the promised power—the Holy Spirit, who will
  fit us and enable us to fulfill this great
  commission. Remember to ask for, prepare
  for and expect to receive this gift. Be
  intentional in spending time in preparation for
  the reception of the Spirit.
• We must ask for the outpouring of the Holy
  Spirit. We do not use the Holy Spirit; He uses
  us to accomplish that which we would be
  absolutely unable to do of ourselves. He will
  prepare the hearts of the people. He will
  convict them of truth. Without the Spirit, we
  will fail.
• Yes, we as women can reach them.
When the Holy Spirit empowers us to
  share God’s love and grace, He will
also lead in our plans and will prepare
  hearts to hear the gospel we share.
God Calls Women
 to Evangelism

  • Do we hesitate to
    heed the call of the
    Holy Spirit because
    we are women?
• Today, women in many parts of the globe are
  discovering their talent for evangelism and are
  reaching the world for Christ. Could more of us
  participate in public evangelism? Can we possibly
  lead or assist in small groups, seminars or
  evangelistic meetings? Can we befriend our
  neighbors, work associates, and others, finding
  opportunities to lead them to Christ? Can we then
  nurture them as new believers?
• Does God call women to share the Gospel?
  Definitely! God wants all of His disciples, both
  men and women, to be involved in
  evangelism. He did not call only men to
  preach and teach. He calls all His disciples to
  evangelize the furthest reaches of the globe.
• At times we may ask ourselves whether there
  are some groups whom women especially are
  able to reach? One answer is anyone with
  whom we come in contact, including:
•   Our families.
•   Our neighbors.
•   The men in our lives.
•   The youth.
•   The elderly.
•   And especially women.
• God has gifted many of the women of our
   church with wonderful people skills—skills
   that can help them reach people’s hearts.
   Some have already been able through the
   Holy Spirit to lovingly, tactfully lead people
  to Jesus.
• Sisters, we may do a noble work for God if we will.
  Woman does not know her power. God did not
  intend that her capabilities should be all absorbed in
  questioning: What shall I eat? what shall I drink? and
  wherewithal shall I be clothed? There is a higher
  purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should
  develop and cultivate her powers, for God can
  employ them in the great work of saving souls from
  eternal ruin.--Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 642.
• In addition to presenting the great truths of the
  Bible, women can listen and provide counsel about
  many family and personal matters. There are often
  topics a woman may be hesitant to discuss with
  men, such as their family problems, their heartaches,
  and even abuse.
• God-fearing women who may have gone through
  similar problems, who have compassion and
  experience in meeting problems with the Lord at
  their side can listen, pray with and for them, and
  when the time is right gently point them to the
  Savior who will walk with them through their
  heartaches.
     Putting GIFTS to Work
• Especially in pre-evangelistic programs and
  ministries, women are often most successful
  in reaching out to women. However, in public
  evangelism, women speakers seem to be just
  as successful as men in reaching both men
  and women.
• In planning outreach and pre-evangelistic
  endeavors, you may want to consider major
  concerns of women in your community. Some
  of the most critical issues that face women
  world-wide are these:
•   illiteracy              The General
•   abuse               Conference Women’s
•   health risks         Ministries identifies
                       these as the six Critical
•   poverty
                         Issues for women.
•   workload/hours
•   lack of
    mentoring/training
• By studying your community and by
  surveying the women you wish to minster to,
  you can discover their most pressing needs.
  After considering your resources, you can
  decide how you can best minister to them.
• If you are a Women’s Ministries leader or
  someone hoping to begin women’s
  evangelism, as soon as possible begin training
  women to lead out in women’s activities and
  for personal witness. As much as possible,
  include the women themselves in the
  planning.
• Remember that a variety of gifts
   and talents will be needed for
   successful evangelism teams.
• Encourage women who display many different gifts
  to join you in developing evangelist outreach for
  your community.

• Value and affirm the vivacious, never-met-a-
  stranger types and the quiet, faithful prayer warriors.

• Together seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. Then
  go forth in faith to fulfill the Gospel Commission.
• In Bible study groups or other informal
  meetings, allow women an opportunity to
  share and visit. Personal relationships are
  very important to most women. This is an
  ideal time for the women of the church to
  establish lasting friendships with women
  outside the Adventist Church.
• Let them remember that the home
  on earth is to be symbol of and a
  preparation for the home in heaven.
 Ministry of Healing. P. 363.
• “Christ’s method alone will give true success in
  reaching the people. The Savior mingled with
  (people) as one who desired their good. He
  showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their
  needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade
  them, ‘Follow Me.’” – Ministry of Healing, p. 143

				
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