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Hope Explored was made to be your Christmas follow-up

There is no doubt that Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for evangelism. Churches worldwide go to great lengths to get as many people as possible through their doors in December to hear the gospel but that normally means the schedule for December is chock-full. Unsurprisingly, it’s hard for many of us to see beyond the …

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4 Ways to Use Christianity Explored this Fall

While summer is in full swing, many pastors and church staff are looking towards the fall and planning for one of the busiest times on the church calendar. But in the midst of Sunday schools, small groups, and back-to-school bashes, it's important to create spaces for newcomers, young Christians, or churchgoers struggling with questions about …

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Hosting a Gospel-centered summer camp

Did you know that Christianity Explored has children's material? Just like our flagship course, Epic Explorers takes children (ages 4 - 11) on an exciting adventure through the Gospel of Mark to discover the truth of Jesus. Our team in the UK spoke to two churches who used Epic Explorers in their kids summer camps …

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Spiritual but not religious: The rise (and surprise) of the Nones

by Randy Newman, Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute and author of Mere Evangelism You’ve probably heard about “the rise of the nones,” that is, the steady and significant increase in the number of people who say they have no religion.* As Christians who love the mission of Christianity Explored and desire …

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Using Hope Explored for your Easter follow-up

from Christianity Explored Ministries “Christian hope is about a joyful expectation for the future, based on true events in the past, which changes everything about my present.” Hope Explored - Session One A golden opportunity As we talk to churches across the country one of the most encouraging messages we have been hearing recently is about …

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Running Life Explored in a coffee shop

This winter, a small team of church members and their pastor ran Life Explored in a San Diego coffee shop. Each week, their friends, coworkers and even strangers joined in. A biologist, a Hollywood script writer, yoga students, and workout buddies were some of those that gathered to discuss questions of life, meaning and Christianity. …

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Gospel Transitions: How to move conversations from mundane to eternal

by Randy Newman, Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute My friend and Christianity Explored founder Rico Tice often says we need to “cross the pain line” when we evangelize. Rico is talking about that awkward moment where our conversation turns from light topics like the weather, sports or current events to weighty …

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Enjoyment is essential to evangelism

Written by Craig Dyer, Training Director at Christianity Explored Ministries “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.When a man found it, he hid it again,and then in his joy went and sold all he hadand bought that field."Matthew 13:44 I’m sure we’ve all encountered detectorists on the beach or in a field …

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Peace | Prince of Peace

John Lennon wrote the words, So this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just begun...A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear Perhaps it's not his most profound lyric, but then Lennon closes the song with –  War is over If you want it War is over Now  …

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From Narnia to Evangelism: What C.S. Lewis teaches us about sharing faith

By Randy Newman, Evangelism Coach for Christianity Explored Whenever I present seminars on evangelism, I talk about the need for pre-evangelism. Most people look confused. What do I mean by pre-evangelism, they wonder, and why do I think it’s so necessary? Perhaps most importantly, they want to know how to do this pre-evangelism thing. I …

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“God wants me as I am”: One woman’s journey through abuse to Christ

The good news of Jesus doesn't just rescue us spiritually; it also can rescue us from physical harm. Such was the case with Darcey, whose journey to Christ meant leaving an abusive partner and finding healing and restoration through the Gospel. Darcey spoke with us a few months ago to tell her powerful story... "I …

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Discipleship Tips: Starting with our own hearts first

"Go and make disciples of all nations..."Matthew 28:19 One of the highest callings in the Christian life is to discipleship. This month, we are focusing on what this call to be a disciple-making disciple means and how we can do it well. First, let's start with a definition. What is discipleship? There are certainly many …

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The Stats behind “Re-thinking Evangelism”

Last night we premiered our short documentary Re-Thinking Evangelism, which shares the story of one local church who radically re-thought how they shared the Gospel and the many lives that were changed as a result. (Watch it here, if you haven't yet!) If you've watched the film already, you probably noticed we shared a lot …

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Sharing the Gospel in the Digital Marketplace

Originally published on ceministries.org. What is the first place you visit when you arrive somewhere new? I have learned different tactics from those I have travelled with in the past. Some head straight for the landmark building to get the sightseeing in early. Others head straight to a restaurant to sample the local cuisine. More …

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“What is Christianity?” A New Animation from Christianity Explored Ministries

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new resource for you to use in your evangelism: a two-minute animation telling the gospel story... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lJa-PcEGE4 The animation provokes people, perhaps for the first time, to ask that crucial question about Jesus: "Who do you say I am?" Lots of people have a vague idea of who …

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An Equipping Tool for your Personal Evangelism

We now live in a world where the words "social distancing" and "isolation" are commonplace. Our ability to freely move and interact with our family, friends and colleagues has been restricted. We’re also having to be cautious when we go outside and interact with our local communities. There’s a tension that we as Christians experience …

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What better year to celebrate Advent than 2020?

"The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer In a year so crazy the phrase, "It's 2020" has become a synonymous with bad news, many of us are caught in a …

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Can we get a pass on giving thanks this year?

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) A global pandemic, a bitterly contested election, separation from loved ones, economic uncertainty, a divided country, worship services at reduced capacity – maybe God will give us a pass on giving thanks this …

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An afternoon with pioneers of Christianity Explored in the U.S.

In October, Kevin and Beth Allen and I traveled to Colorado for some database training and to meet with several local pastors and course leaders of Christianity Explored. Colorado Springs is home to one of the pioneer churches for CE in the States - Village Seven Presbyterian Church, which adopted the new ministry coming out …

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When women encounter the Gospel together: Candi’s Story

Meet Candi Thorpe, a staff member at Calvary Baptist Church Burlington in Ontario. Candi has been involved with Christianity Explored at her church since 2014, as an attendee first and then a course leader. In 2017, Candi was preparing to lead her first course on her own when something unexpected happened. "We found that the …

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Is changing a church’s culture possible? Karl’s story

This month, we've been sharing stories of lived changed by the Gospel through Christianity Explored. This week, we're sharing a story about how Christianity Explored can change the culture of a church. Meet Karl Willock, a former member of a pioneer church for Christianity Explored in the US. We spoke with Karl about his experience …

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Bringing the Gospel to the seas: Paul’s story

Lighthouse Harbour Ministries was established in 1981 to reach sailors (also known as "seafarers") on board cargo ships with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Located in Vancouver, Canada, the Ministry began when a Gideon businessman looked out over the local harbour and wondered if anyone was sharing God’s Word with the seafarers. Pictured: seafarer Elma …

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“From stone to flesh”: How an intellectual agnostic met Jesus

This month we're sharing stories of lives changed through the Gospel. Last week we met Joy, a woman who initially attended a CE course to learn how to be stronger in her opposition to Christianity. This week, meet Dan, an intellectual agnostic whose only reason for coming to a Christianity Explored course was to keep …

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When church is why they reject Jesus: Joy’s story

What happens when church is a reason someone leaves faith? How do we share the Gospel with those who may have been hurt by Christians? Meet Joy Sunyoung Fitzgerald, a woman who initially started Christianity Explored so she could learn to fight against faith better... yet unexpectedly fell in love with Jesus. Below is an …

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Three things to pray before running a Christianity Explored course

Last month, we shared a story from Joy Frey, a Christianity Explored course leader at Wallenstein Bible Chapel in Ontario. Joy has led dozens of people to Christ both through CE courses at her church and one-to-one coaching through an online version of CE offered by BGEA. Her testimony is one of perseverance, love, and …

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How ten years of prayer changed lives: Joy and Jeff’s story

https://youtu.be/9G09KKq7BpQ If you joined us for Multiply 2020, you'll remember Joy Frey, a CE table leader in Ontario. Joy has been running Christianity Explored courses since 2006 and shared some of her stories from her experience using CE with us. Read part one below... I knew very early on in my Christian life that my …

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Reaching Out While Staying In

This blog has been adapted from an article by Randy Newman that first appeared at http://www.cslewisinstitute.org. Several people have asked me for ideas about reaching out with the gospel to our non-Christian friends during this time of trial, anxiety, and the unknown. I’m more than happy to offer some help. As a student of C. …

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Best practices for hosting Christianity Explored on Zoom

While Zoom and other platforms have allowed many churches and small groups to stay connected during lockdown, they can also present challenges. We reached out to a few of our expert friends to give us their best practices for successfully running small groups on Zoom. How do I view everyone on the call at once? …

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How to keep your online group calls secure

From CE Ministries: The COVID-19 pandemic has created many great opportunities to reach new people with the gospel. However, it also brings with it new challenges for online security.  No two situations are the same, and they will all involve a great deal of wisdom and prayer. We've put together a few thoughts for how …

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Easter Follow-up during COVID-19

Easter is usually one of the highest attended services for churches in the calendar year. As a result, many churches launch small groups, introduction classes, or new series as a way to follow-up with visitors. COVID-19 drastically changed both Easter services and follow-up opportunities for all churches. Although you may not have seen new visitors …

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Sharing the Gospel in a time of social distancing

Read on for some ideas for how you can keep reaching out to others with the gospel in these trying times. As ever, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Share For a limited time we have put all of our course films on our YouTube channel to make them easier to share: …

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A message from Rico Tice on coronavirus and the loss of idols

As ever yesterday I was trying to finish my morning Bible reading on the subway. Sadly in this secular society, contrary to the call of Jesus in Mark 8:38 to not be “ashamed of me or my words”, I always feel a little embarrassed to get the Bible out and be reading it in public. …

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Thoughts on COVID-19 and Christian Community

Western Region Director Kevin Allen and CE staff share some thoughts in light of the increasing concerns around COVID-19. Recently, I saw a picture of a woman entering a Costco in Seattle with a gas mask. While not everyone will take measures to that extreme, the last couple of weeks have certainly changed, for the …

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Should I Run a Life Explored Series?

If you've known about our ministry for a while, chances are you've run our flagship series "Christianity Explored." You may be less familiar with our newest series: Life Explored. Launched in 2016, Life Explored is a creative, thought-provoking series that explores our longing for more. LE raises questions such as: where do I find happiness? …

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Re-learning Love: Why the Gospel isn’t just for the Lost

The first time I went through Life Explored, I found myself in tears... on more than one occasion! Although I'd been immersed in Christian culture since childhood, I was taken aback by the powerful truths about our Savior so uniquely revealed through these beautiful, vulnerable stories. Perhaps the story that struck me deepest was Session …

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Three Words for 2020

From CE USA Director Alan Avera: A few years ago, my son forwarded me a New Year’s blog by Christopher Penn, introducing a “3-word exercise” for the new year. Slightly different than the typical New Year’s resolutions, these three words are chosen to reflect a desired character growth or aspirational value you want to see …

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Donor Stories: “I have gotten to watch folks find the truth of all eternity.”

As 2019 ends, we want to recognize some of our faithful supporters who partner with Christianity Explored. Bill Fullilove, Ministries Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church and CE Board Member, briefly shares why he uses Christianity Explored. When and how did you first become involved with CE? I was approached by a new member of our …

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Donor Stories: “Running CE courses… has spiritually stretched, challenged and encouraged me.”

This month, we want to recognize some of our faithful supporters by sharing their stories of partnering with Christianity Explored. This week, Bruce Longbottom, a trademark attorney with Eli Lilly and Company, shares how and why he got involved with Christianity Explored Ministries. When and how did you first become involved with CE?  In the summer …

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#GivingTuesday: Giving people the tools to love, live, and tell the Gospel

From CE Ministries: By supporting Christianity Explored Ministries this Giving Tuesday, you can help others share the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth.  You might be pretty familiar with Christianity Explored resources.  Maybe you have a friend at church who became a Christian on a Christianity Explored course. Perhaps your kids’ holiday club uses Epic Explorers. …

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