evangelism movement

 

knxshn – ministry proposal

feel fee to rework and adopt it as the spirit leads.

Area of Ministry

The twenty-first century has dawned. On the whole, the extensive postmodernist rejection of modernist paradigmatic way of thinking, i.e. frameworks for interpreting truth and morality, has dawned as well.[1] In effect, the postmodern age is here. For all intents and purposes, the postmodern age is now. In essence, the postmodern age is a broad movement that has penetrated the cornerstone institutions of education, culture, and the Church, which have shaped Western society for the last two centuries, save for finances and science.

One does not have to be an astute observer of culture to discern the increasing waves of interest in spirituality, holism, and environmentalism giving rise to the tide of postmodern influence in Western society.[2]  The tide that is effectively flushing the ideology of modernity proper, i.e. most all truth can be determined by way of sound reasoning, which dominated the Western worldview since the onset of the nineteenth century until the close of the twentieth.[3]  On the contrary, the hallmarks of the postmodern age are “a disbelief in objective truth and a deep sense that morality is relative.”[4]

The reasoning advancements of modernity presented the Church with many challenges, e.g. capitalism, Enlightenment, and individualism at scale. The Church, by embracing the challenges and remaining in conversation with the modern movement, not only survived modernism but also had a significant voice that served to shape and influence the age. Similarly, the Church must stake Christ’s claim in the postmodern context in order to shape and influence it as well. The larger quarrel today is not whether or not God exists but the Christian claim to a normative truth, which presents new challenges for the Church when communicating the gospel.[5]  The knxshn – evangelism movement is designed to equip the Church with the spiritual knowledge and intellectual skills to effectively evangelize in the postmodern culture context of south Orange Count and beyond.

 

knxshn – evangelism movement

Session I

(Prayer for God to anoint the time and increase the teaching)

Objectives:

➤  Cast clear vision of the mission of knxshn – evangelism movement

➤  Clearly define evangelism

➤  Raise awareness with respect to the two types of evangelists

➤  Raise awareness with respect to evangelism as spiritual warfare

 

The ambition of knxshn – evangelism movement is to “inform, awaken, challenge, equip, convict, and encourage” a generation of impact players in the harvest field of south Orange County.[16]

 

Evangelism is

“To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ and Savior and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his church, and responsible service in the world”

   ➤ Lausanne Covenant[17]

“…preaching the gospel, the evangel ‘good news.’ It is a work of communication in which Christians make themselves mouthpieces for God’s message, under whatever circumstances, in a large meeting, in a small meeting, from a pulpit, or in a private conversation, is evangelizing.”

➤ J.I. Packer[18]

 

“…going out in love as Christ’s agent in the world, to teach sinners the truth of the gospel with a view to converting and saving them.”

➤  J.I. Packer[19]

(Pause for questions, answers, and reflective discussion)

 

The Evangelist…

As the spiritual gift spoken of in Ephesians 4:11, i.e. “It was [God] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists…,” the evangelist is someone with the supernatural desire and ability to effectively communicate the gospel in a matter that results in spiritual conversions. In this sense, a characteristic of an evangelist is that he or she cares passionately about the lost. This passion compels them to reach out to the unrepentant sinner with the news of the wages of sin, death, Christ’s invitation for forgiveness, and eternal life. Another characteristic of one gifted as an evangelist is that he or she seeks to understand the lost by listening to their doubts, then attempts to provide answers that bridge the gap between them and Christ. One other characteristic worth noting of the supernaturally gifted evangelist is that they often prefers to be out among the unchurched masses rather than shut in with fellow believers.[20] The Bible only mentions two evangelists by name, Timothy (2 Tim. 4:5) and Philip (Acts 21:8).

 

In addition, the New Testament also makes it clear that everyone “in Christ” is intended to be an evangelist. In fact, Jesus refers to His followers as the salt, i.e. savory preserving and seasoning agents, and light, i.e. lamps that illuminate the Way, of the world.

 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is not longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet…You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”[21]

 

The evangelist, in this sense, is best exercised as a spiritual discipline. As such, it is a skill that must be learned through practice and discipline. Consider the many things in life that did not come natural to us but with training, practice, and experience have become second nature. The knxshn – evangelism movement argues from a very large school of thought that the same is true of evangelism.

 

The first step in this spiritual disciplining process is to commit to being an evangelist. Next, earnestly petition, i.e., pray to, God for wisdom in this regard. James 1:5 exhorts one and all “in Christ, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Similarly, 2 Timothy 1:6 presents the appeal that we are to pray for God to fan into flames the authentic desires, i.e., passions, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Also, pray to God for the spiritual vision necessary to see the harvest that Jesus our Lord has called his disciples to, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.”[22] All of this with the intent of supernaturally gaining evangelist savor as salt and fanning our evangelist light into glorious flame.

 

To be sure, there are other glaring New Testament instances, which relate evangelism as a sacred trust of the Church at large. Here are but a few to reckon with:

Jesus speaking to His disciples before his ascension back to heaven, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”[23]

 

The apostle Peter encouraging his readers during a time when they were suffering for Christ and His gospel message, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”[24]

 

Last but not least is Jesus’ command to everyone subject to his lordship, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”[25]

 

With these exhortations fresh in mind, no one “in Christ” has a legitimate reason for bowing out of the work of evangelism. On the contrary, it is unmistakable that every Christian is expected to do the work of an evangelist. The biggest challenge is that a lot of us have never been properly disciplined or equipped in the skill. The knxshn – evangelism movement contends that evangelism is a spiritual discipline that begins with prayer and reforming our perspective towards non-believers. I also strongly recommend praying for passion, opportunities, and relationships through which to communicate the gospel.

 

In Session Three, I will introduce some practical ways to define and cultivate our evangelism skills. Prior to this I need to address a few other significant issues.

 

(Pause for questions, answers, and reflective discussion)

 

Evangelism as spiritual warfare…

 

Life “in Christ” while in the world is a spiritual conflict in and of itself. All of us are actively wrestling with one or multiple sins, e.g. idolatry, greed, addiction, covetousness, homosexuality, vain glory, etc, etc. Name your poison. Anything that Satan can tempt us with that would cause, or has caused in the past, us to consciously disobey God puts our ability to witness effectively win jeopardy. However, this should not come as a surprise to anyone, owing to the fact that the Church occupies enemy territory, i.e., lives by behind enemy spiritual lines. It is no wonder that the New Testament  uses war and warfare figurative language with respect to life “in Christ” in the world.

 

By way of illustration, the figurative language of Ephesians 6:10-20 encourages believers to be strong in the Lord while putting on the whole armor of God for our protection. Another illustration of these war figurative language is the apostle Paul’s exhortations to Timothy, the evangelist, to wage “good” warfare (1 Tim. 1:18) and to persevere as a “good” soldier of Christ (2 Tim. 2:3-4). Paul’s use of the word “good” is noteworthy. “Good” implies that Timothy should be putting forth his whole-hearted effort in his endeavor to win human souls. The big idea is that his entire being should be given over to the service.

 

More importantly, warfare and soldier language indicates that evangelism is an undertaking of spiritual warfare. Having this perspective when entering the battle for human souls is imperative because many are not easily won from Satan’s veil. Indeed, 2 Corinthians 4:4 speaks of Satan having spiritual strongholds in the minds of unbelievers that prevent them from seeing the light of the gospel. Similarly, 2 Corinthians 10:4 declares that the Church’s weapons of warfare are not flesh but spiritual, having divine power to destroy the enemy’s strongholds. All this to say, lofty intellectual arguments and worldly wisdom are of significant in the the battle, but of less importance in the work of an evangelist than prayer, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

(Pause for questions, answers, and reflective discussion)

 

Session II

 

(Pray for God to anoint the time and increase the teaching.)

 

➤  Challenge knxshn – evangelism movement participants to evaluate past evangelism efforts

➤  Equip participants with information regarding challenges

➤  Impart strategies to assist in defining and cultivating their evangelist agency

 

Scale of Evangelism…

 

How often do you share the gospel?

Never Seldom Occasionally Frequently [26]

 

(Pause to allow participants to share their experiences)

Towards the end of the second session we discussed the fact that practicing evangelism is engaging in spiritual warfare. Aside from the difficult opposition the evangelist encounters from the enemy, i.e. “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12), there are also personal and cultural challenges that one must understand and manage wisely.

 

Personal challenges…

Some common personal challenges that the evangelist ought to be aware of are “sin, fear, idolatry, and priority.”[27]

Sin

The Bible does not offer a formal definition of “sin.” However, it is simple to discern that sin is a rebellious attitude which leads to actions against God’s revealed will.  Ultimately, one forfeits their soul to the powers of evil when they reject God’s purpose for their life.[28] Sin is universal – we all sin. That is the given. The type of sin that takes its toll on our evangelism efforts are the one’s we knowingly practice, thereby hardening our hearts towards God. If we are deliberately living in rebellion against God chances are that we will not be out witnessing on His behalf.  Pray for God to renew our hearts and minds with Christ’s own.

(Pause for reflective discussion)

Fear

Fear is a natural response to what a person considers to be a threat to their overall well-being. On one hand, fear is useful when taking measures to guard one-self from harm or calamity, i.e. refraining from the deliberate practice of sin because of a healthy fear of the Lord. On the other hand, fear can be a hindrance that prevents us from enjoying and engaging in the normal activities of life, i.e. evangelism.[29]

Fear of man, fear of losing a relationship, or fear of one’s reputation being hurt are fears that we all have in common. Nonetheless, these fears do not exempt us from preaching the gospel. On the contrary, as evangelist our love for God and other people’s souls ought to be the motivation we need to overcome these fears. The stakes are higher than a lost relationship or a bruised reputation. In proper perspective, if you lose a relationship on account of sharing the gospel you walk away with the peace of mind, knowing you had the other person’s best eternal interest in mind.  Pray for effective fear management techniques or methods.

(Pause for reflective discussion)

Idolatry

Idolatry is worshiping, i.e. living for, anything other than the one true living God. The idea of idol worship rests with graven images and their power to seduce a man or woman with a false identity or sense of comfort.[30] Idols possess no power to save one’s soul, if anything living for idols results in a life spent on vain pursuits.

Idolatry begins with the heart, i.e. the seat of a persons being, allegiance to graven images.  As a practice, those of us “in Christ” ought to prayerfully cast down idols, in Jesus name, that vie for God’s place in hearts. In this day and age cars, careers, electronic devices, homes, and all the creature comforts of postmodern society have the potential of becoming graven images if not held in proper perspective.

(Pause for reflective discussion)

Priority

A priority is a thing, fact, or condition that is regarded or treated as more important.[31] Where does our sacred trust as evangelists presently rank in our priorities? Are we too busy to do this work of the Lord? Are we proactive with respect to the eternal well-being of our “neighbors?” For that matter, who are our “neighbors?” As evangelists we have to make preaching the gospel to our “neighbor’s” a high priority.  Pray that evangelism would become a priority in our lives.

(Pause for reflective discussion)

 

Sin, fear, idolatry, and priority are four common challenges to doing the work of evangelism.

 

What challenges prevent you from doing the work?  (add lack of love)

 

(Pause for answers and reflective discussion)

 

Cultural challenges…

“Culture is defined as the shared patterns of behaviors and interactions, cognitive constructs, and affective understanding that are learned through a process of socialization. These shared patterns identify the members of a culture group while also distinguishing those of another group.”

➤ Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquistion: Intercultural Studies Project[32]

 

” Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievements of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional (i.e. historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, and on the other as conditioning elements of further action.”

– Kroeber: Culture (A Critical Review)[33]

 

“Culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another.”

➤ Hofstede: Communication Between Cultures[34]

 

All this to say that culture is real and must be understood, evangelism does not take place in a vacuum. I argue that to be unaware of the cultural context, i.e. language and thought paradigms, that one is at “war” in is not wise. Especially, when considering the far-reaching influence of the postmodernist mindset is at odds with nearly every point of the modernist.

 

Modernist emphasis Post-Modernist emphasis
Facts, observation, and logic Feelings, imagination, and speculation
Trust absolute truth Reject absolute truth (construct your own meaning)
Biblical monotheism-only know God through Christ Spiritual pluralism – all religions are equal
Individual thinking and choices Group thinking
Moral values based on the Bible Moral relativism – values based on feelings, i.e. create your own values
Objective (factual) knowledge Rejects objective knowledge – motivated by evolving visions, subjective wants, and group thinking
Sexual boundaries fixed by God License to choose ones own sexual identity
Logical, scientific perspective Open to mysticism and spiritual exploration
Emphasize doctrine Emphasize story and personal discovery
Objective teaching and Biblical evangelism Subjective dialogue and feel-good experiences
“Other gods” are forbidden “Other gods” and cultures encourage spiritual growth
Church: God’s people worldwide – saved by faith, filled with His Spirit, living by His Word Church: an evolving concept in need of re-visioning and reconstruction to fit the changing culture [35]

 

As evangelist we do not need to subscribe to the dominant mindset of the  subjects of our efforts. However, having this working frame of reference aids in understanding and relating to the contemporary culture. Not only that but having a working knowledge of the culture alleviates many of the misunderstandings and offenses.

The Church’s odds of having a shaping, evangelical voice in postmodern 21st century depends on its ability to hold the necessary conversations. Remember, part of evangelism is delivering people from minds that have been blinded to the truth by Satan. At any rate, this information is not a prescription to conform to the age of the world. Rather, it is in encouragement to stay alert to the war context.  “THE COMPLETE EVANGELISM GUIDEBOOK: EXPERT ADVICE ON REACHING OTHERS FOR CHRIST” by Scott Dawson is an excellent resource in this regard.

 

Another challenge that needs to be addressed is that Christians have been conditioned to privatize our faith. In Acts 4 our Church fathers Peter and John were faced with the same challenge. Their response, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”[36] Because of our Church father’s faithful witness by Acts 17 Jesus followers had managed to turn their known world upside down with the gospel. The same point of reckoning stands true for contemporary followers of Christ.

Is it correct to be obedient to man or God in regard to communicating the gospel?

(Pause for answers and reflective discussion.)

 

WORK IN PROGRESS add 1 Cor 9:19-23 = efforts relevant to culture = platform shifts with paradigm

 

Session III

 

(Pray for God to anoint the time and increase the teaching.)

 

➤  Impart practical strategies

➤  Invite participants to join “knxshn” on facebook

➤  Request evaluation

 

Strategies for evangelism…

 

In Session I we were introduced to evangelism as a spiritual discipline. I recommended that one step in growing as an evangelist is to define and cultivate the identity Spirit-deep through prayer.

 

Another step in growing as an evangelist is communicating your story, i.e. your testimony. However, first you must prepare it. Pray for God to give you insights as how he has worked in your life. Share a little bit about your life before Christ, how you received Him, and how has your life changed as the result. Be sure to use the common man’s language rather than “Christianese.” There are many helps on the Internet. Simply search “prepare Christian testimony.” People may be able to find many faults in the Church at large but they cannot rightly deny there is power in the gospel to transform lives.

 

As a matter of fact, sharing our stories is a great segue to presenting the gospel. Learning how to communicate the gospel clearly and effectively are a must.. This way you will be prepared when the opportunities present themselves. The basics of the gospel are:

 

God is holy and all-mighty. As an act of love, God created Adam, the first human, in His image. Spiritual corruption entered all of humankind through Adam’s disobedience to God, severing the perfect spiritual communion between God and humans. All of mankind has inherited Adam’s spiritual corruptness. On account of God’s righteous standard He must punish disobedience, the punishment is death (i.e. eternal separation from God). As nother act of love, God made provision for fallen humanmankind in Jesus Christ the Son of God, Savior of all who believe. In His incarnation Jesus lived a sinless life, in His death He satisfied the righteous standard of God for all who submit to His lordship, in His resurrection He conquered death for all who believe, and in His ascension He reigns through His followers by the power of the Holy Spirit from the right hand of God.  In order to be rescued from eternal separation from God and the present complications of spiritual corruption, ask Jesus for forgiveness, invite Him into your heart, make a decision to obey the Word of God, and believe in Christ for eternal life.

 

Over the course of our  ministry as evangelists, we  will develop styles that suit our personalities and the unique opportunities God provides us.

 

In similar fashion…

Yet another strategy that knxshn – evangelism movement strongly endorses is to be somewhat methodical in our approach. Learn more about the history and beliefs of the people you are in relationship with (i.e., practicing homosexuals, Buddhists, Catholics, etc.), some common objections (i.e. There are no absolutes, I am basically a good person, etc), ways to share (i.e. Bible distribution, writing your testimony, lifestyle evangelism, open-air evangelism, etc), and how to grow them “in Christ” (i.e. fellowship, feeding on the Word, water baptism).[37] Knowing a little bit about a person beliefs helps to relate to them in positive ways that build the relationship. Knowing some of the most common objections not only helps us to overcome them but also better equips us for the work. Also, sharing the gospel in a few different ways increases our chances of rescuing some and finding our style. Lastly, it is good business to know how to grow people as your evangelism efforts begin to bear fruit.

 

In my experience, evangelism is a learning process. The more often you do it, the more confident you become. The above strategies are not intended to be a lofty wisdom or scientific method to guarantee favorable results. They are equipping tools that assist in building your confidence as evangelists. Christiananswers.net hosts a more exhaustive catalogue of in-depth insights to people groups, responses to objections, ways to share, and nurturing Christians.

 

www.facebook.com/knxshn…

Lastly, is done best in and with the support of teams.  I cordially invite you to join us on Facebook. We would love to here about your progress as evangelists through praise reports and prayer request. knxshn – evangelism movement also hosts quarterly fellowship gatherings to provide an opportunity for you to share your evangelism testimonies with hopes of building momentum in the south Orange county and beyond evangelism movement. By joining us on Facebook you will be sure to stay abreast of breaking news.

 

Constructive Feedback…

Please take the time to complete the evaluation forms. By doing so you contribute invaluable insights that aid the maturation of knxshn -evangelism movement.

 

 

Staff Support Needs…

The knxshn – evangelism movement team is comprised of several interdependent “impact players” who work together effectively.

 

Senior Minister/Presenter

✓ Interpret the privilege and need for evangelism training in the Church

✓ Make pastoral call on participants to help, encourage, and inspire them.

✓ Strive to cultivate a “spirit of evangelism”  (Nehemiah 4:6)

✓ Present the seminar

✓ Collaborate with other leaders

✓ Procure, train, and inspire associate ministers/presenters

✓ Facilitate the maturation process of a coordinated and well-balanced seminar

✓ Plan ahead under the leadership of the Holy Spirit

✓ Keep the standards high

 

Secretary

✓ Respond to phone calls and emails

✓ Make appointments for senior and associate ministers/presenters

✓ Manage finances and assist in budget matters

 

Prayer Coordinator

✓ Recruit, organize, and lead knxshn -evangelim movement prayer team

✓ Pray for seminars

✓ Pray for south Orange county and beyond evangelist movement to take gain shape, traction, and momentum[38]

 

Cost for the Seminar

The cost of knxshn – evangelism movement is $25 when hosted locally in south Orange County. This cost includes all three session one-hour session (a total of three hours), refreshments, coffee, and materials. The hosting group must cover travel cost outside of the south Orange County area. Additionally, there is a ten person minimum and twenty person maximum to any one seminar. This allows for the presenter and group to have meaningful reflective discussions. However, the scheduling of multiple seminars in a day or week is encouraged.

 

VII. Follow-Up Plan

The knxshn – evangelism movement understands that cultivating a league of evangelist is a process, not a one-time event. With this in mind, we offer additional support in the form of team building exercises, mentoring, reunion banquets, and a social media community (www.facebook.com/knxshn) to encourage us in our evangelism efforts. The knxshn – evangelism movement is committed to helping improve the south Orange County Church’s knowledge and beyond, skill sets, cooperative efforts, and , ultimately, the south Orange County Church’s and beyond impact as evangelist’s.[39]

 

 

Adds = “Evangelism as mission and a function of who we are”

Emergent = Missional “do not be conformed to this world! Consumed by kingdom focus!

***Dependence on God (for strategy and program)

***Heartbeat of the Church is to proclaim the gospel

***Primary target is the never Churched

***Face to Face = interactive community (everyone has a contribution to make)

***Bible’s story is the grid (not atomized, i.e., reduced to small distinct units, doctrines)

**bring as much of Heaven to Earth as possible in relationships

 

[1] David S. Dockery, The Challenges of Postmodernism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001), 11.

[2] Dictionary, version 2.2.1 (156), s.v. “New Age.”

[3] Dockery, 23.

[4] Ibid., 12.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Charles Arn, “How to Reach Unchurched People in Your Community,” Church Growth, Inc., http://www.churchgrowth.net/ucp/about.html [accessed March 23, 2014].

[7] Ibid.

[8] “The School of Biblical Evangelism,”

http://www.biblicalevangelism.com/page.php?id=344 [accessed March 23, 2014].

[9] Ibid.

            [10] Open Air Campaigners, “Sketchboard Evangelism Training,” http://www.oacusa.org/eta.php [accessed March 23, 2014].

[11] The Shoreline Church of San Clemente, CA, http://theshoreline.org/about/ [accessed March 23, 2014].

[12] Psalm 34:8 (New Living Translation)

[13] “The Pathway Explanation”

[14] Ibid.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Tom Schmidt, “Evangelism Training,” Redeemer Fellowship, http://www.redeemerfellowship.org/seminars/category/tom-schmidt [accessed March 25, 2014].

[17] Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd ed., s.v. “Evangelism.”

[18] Tom Schmidt, “Evangelism Training,” Redeemer Fellowship, accessed March 25, 2014, http://www.redeemerfellowship.org/seminars/category/tom-schmidt.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Mark Driscoll, “Spiritual Gifts: Evangelism,” Resurgence: A Ministry of Mars Hill Church, http://theresurgence.com/2009/06/15/spiritual-gifts-evangelism [accessed March 25, 2014].

[21] Matthew 5:13-16 (English Standard Version)

[22] Matthew 9:37 (English Standard Version)

[23] Acts 1:8 (English Standard Version)

[24] 1 Peter 2:9 (English Standard Version)

[25] Matthew 28: 18-20 (English Standard Version)

[26] Tom Schmidt, “Evangelism Training,” Redeemer Fellowship, accessed March 25, 2014, http://www.redeemerfellowship.org/seminars/category/tom-schmidt.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Sin.”

[29] Ibid, s.v. “Fear.”

            [30] Eastons Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Idolatry.”

[31] Dictionary, v. 2.2.1 (156), s.v. “Priority.”

[32] “What is culture?,” Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, last modified February 14, 2014, http://www.carla.umn.edu/ culture/definitions.html [accessed March 27,2014].

[33] Ibid.

[34] Ibid.

[35] “Postmodern Culture,” Kjos Ministries, http://www.crossroad.to/charts/postmodernity-2.htm [accessed March 27, 2014].

[36] Acts 4:19-20 (English Standard Version)

[37] “Effective Evangelism,” Christian Answers, http://www.christiananswers.net/evangelism/home.html [accessed March 27, 2014].

            [38] Herbert W. Byrne, Ed. D., “Job Descriptions and Duties for Church Members and Workers,” (Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2005), 23-27.

[39] “How to Develop an Effective Workforce,” wikiHow, accessed March 28, 2014, http://www.wikihow.com/Develop-an-Effective-Workforce.