This is the second of four classes in the Institute for Discipleship Evangelism Certification. It is a six-week study of the theological foundations for the ministry of evangelism, empowering laity as theologians and exploring Christian doctrines.
Students who complete this course successfully will be able to articulate the fallen human condition and understand poverty holistically, define “evangelism” for a 21st century application, defend John Wesley’s strategy of evangelism, apply a theology of evangelism to major doctrines and practices of the local church, embrace a practice of prayer with fasting for making disciples, and successfully lead a seeker small group.
Students are expected to access the course site on Blackboard at least every Monday and Thursday each week for announcements, direction, and/or assignments. Blackboard will be available 24/7 to facilitate the completion of assignments according to their direction. Three live online class conferences will be held every other Thursday at 9:00pm (ET).
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, by Henry Knight
- God’s Chosen Fast: A Spiritual and Practical Guide to Fasting, by Arthur Wallis
(all required texts for the Evangelism Certification Program can be purchased individually or as a group at www.af180.org/store)
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Rev. John Zimmerman grew up in the rural community of Stoystown, Pennsylvania which is a few miles from the terrorist crash site of USAir flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He heard the call into ministry just after graduation from high school and attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree and obtained his master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Pastor John served 28 years in pastoral ministry in local church settings. He has always recognized the spiritual gifts of preaching, healing, and evangelism in his Christian life. God has allowed these gifts to be used in a variety of local church settings which include rural, suburban and city.
In 2013 Pastor John left local church pastoral ministry and is appointed as General Evangelist in the United Methodist Church. He launched his current ministry as the founding director of About Face Church Outreach Consultants. He offers a consultant model of ministry with local churches around the country to engage in long-term relationships within the context of the local church mission field. He and his wife help churches move into this new paradigm of ministry that reflects more fully the New Testament Church. His evangelistic work has been recognized and honored as a recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award by the Foundation for Evangelism.
He enjoys hunting, camping and opportunities to enjoy his family. His wife, Christine, also serves full time with John in the consultant ministry. Her interests include camping, traveling and crafts. The Zimmermans are blessed with four wonderful boys.