One More Time: WHY We Do Research on the Ministry of Evangelism
- Volume 8
- Issue 2, Winter 2017
- One More Time: WHY We Do Research on the Ministry of Evangelism
George Hunter has spent a lifetime studying the ministry of evangelism. Following his teenage conversion, he discovered that the ministry that helps pre-Christian people become new Christians was the most understudied of the Church’s ministries. In his article, he reports on how he studied, from multiple perspectives, the Church’s most essential (but most academically neglected) ministry. Hunter gradually discovered at least a dozen assumptions about evangelism in Protestant folk-wisdom that are typically more counterproductive than productive. He interfaces with these assumptions to suggest alternative views that are more academically warranted and practically effective. He concludes by inviting a generation of younger scholars to invest their lives in studying “apostolic ministry.”
Note: The following article is based on a presentation given at the Great Commission Research Network in Fort Worth, Texas on October 11, 2016.
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