In the words of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, “Evangelization requires the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.” Believing this statement offers a faithful summary of biblical teaching and resonates with the BWA Commission on Evangelism’s commitment to making disciples, the SOE training aims to mobilize the church for this evangelistic task.
Adopting the Lausanne’s threefold thematic structure, the School of Evangelism experience includes six main sessions anchored by Scripture and centered on the whole church, the whole gospel, and the whole world.
The inaugural event hosted by CBF also included an opening and closing worship celebration featuring prayers, Scripture readings, and musical contributions from throughout the region as well as a series of Bible studies and testimonies from Baptist leaders around the world.
“We were proud to take the lead in this essential and relevant program, and we hope to set the tone and the pace for the other BWA regions,” said Anslem Warrick, CBF Executive Secretary-Treasurer. “The School of Evangelism is really a recognition of our mission as God’s people who have been recipients of God’s love and grace. This is a reflection of our commitment to respond to the call of God in Christ Jesus our Lord to reach the whole of humanity in the whole world with the whole Gospel.”
With more than 400 registrants from over a dozen countries, the event connected Baptist leaders across the Caribbean and equipped them for greater Gospel reach.
“My participation in the BWA School of Evangelism allowed me to see the holistic impact of the church evangelizing on a global scale,” said Shenell Vernice Best, a youth leader from Trinidad and Tobago. “It also propelled a desire to keep on spreading the Gospel.”
The next School of Evangelism will be hosted November 18-20 by the Union of Baptists in Latin America. To express interest in participating in SOE in your region, visit bit.ly/soe-info.
BWA CONCLUDES HOLISTIC MISSION WEBINAR SERIES
In response to the global impact of COVID-19 on the mission of the church, the BWA developed and released a Holistic Mission Guide in 2021 featuring over fifty articles from around the world. To expound on the ideas and principles found within the guide, the BWA Commission on Mission hosted a 3-part webinar series featuring guide contributors.
The final webinar in the series was held in March with a focus on suffering. Israel Oluwole Olofinjana from Nigeria addressed “Theology of Discipleship: Jesus’ Discipleship Model of Suffering and Sacrifice” and Wati Longchar from Nagaland, India, shared about “The Power of Last Words.” A personal story entitled “From Relapse to Church” by Cristina Arcidiacono (Italy) was also presented.
Visit BaptistWorld.org/missionguide to learn more.