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I Almost Missed It! – David’s Story

David is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest, and a long-time follower of Jesus. He is healthy and financially secure by most standards. Diane and David are planning to retire soon and are building a new home where they plan to settle in for the rest of their lives. But one thing was missing …

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How Do You Reach Elementary School Age Children With the Gospel?

Since the early 2000s, Christianity Explored has been a trusted gospel resource for reaching adults using the Gospel of Mark. Did you know that you can now use Mark’s Gospel to reach young children? Epic Explorers is a relatively new addition to the Christianity Explored range, specially designed for children age 4-11. The five flexible …

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How Do You Build Enthusiasm for Christianity Explored?

Pastor Robin Pifer first used Christianity Explored (CE) many years ago in British Columbia. Since then, he has used it in several other places and has found it to be very effective. Around three years ago, Pifer arrived in Woodstock, ON as pastor of Oxford Baptist Church, a church founded more than 100 years ago …

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Can You Help Change People’s Hearts Online?

Last Thursday marked 30 days since the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) launched Christianity Explored as a mentored online course as part of their internet evangelism ministry. “In that time, 108 students have enrolled, 89 have engaged with the course material (written answers to questions), and 16 have completed the course,” reports Wil Hester, supervisor …

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Update from Chile

Over the past four years, Billy King has trained a total of 1100 people in Latin America through Christianity Explored evangelism conferences.  The training conferences have included 275 pastors, in 7 different Latin American countries.  Billy and his wife, Janet, just returned from his most recent trip to South America where he provided training in …

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Updates from Uruguay

Billy King has traveled annually since 2014 to an expanding network of countries in Latin America to provide training conferences in evangelism through Christianity Explored. These conferences are for both pastors and lay leaders. From 2014 to the end of 2017, he has trained a total of 1100 attendees, including 275 pastors, in 7 different …

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Why does Christianity Explored training make a difference?

What keeps us from doing evangelism?   The most common answer is fear. Fear of not knowing what to say, fear of not being able to answer people’s questions and objections, fear of rejection, fear of personal inadequacy, and the list goes on. This is where training comes in.   If training can increase confidence in God …

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Life Explored: What’s the best gift God can give you?

We all want to be happy. Why is lasting happiness so hard to find? Life Explored is an exciting new way to share the gospel in today’s highly visual culture. The seven interactive sessions are based on stunning films shot all over the globe. Life Explored helps people uncover what they’re really living for, and …

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A Vision to Work through Churches to Reach the Pacific Northwest

Starting with a vision to reach the Pacific Northwest with the gospel, six men from diverse backgrounds met in Lake Oswego, Oregon to take the first steps in formally starting a Christianity Explored regional hub. A hub is a regionally based leadership team that provides local vision, resources, networking connections, and the passion necessary to …

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What do you like about your church?

The Sing! Getty Music Worship conference gave us an opportunity to ask well more than a hundred people this question:  What do you like about your church? Conference organizers invited the more than 6,000 attendees to participate in an exhibitor passport scavenger hunt! Attendees were given a booklet with all exhibiting organizations’ names inside and …

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What are 5 things to pray during your evangelistic series?

No spiritual growth can happen without God’s enabling, so it's a no-brainer that we need to be constantly remembering our guests and fellow leaders in prayer. Here are five simple things to pray, so next time it pops up in your calendar or on your prayer list you'll not be lost for words. Pray those …

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What Are 3 Commitments for a Discussion Leader to Make?

As many of you are preparing to lead a Christianity Explored, Life Explored, or Discipleship Explored series this fall, we'll post a number of blogs in the coming weeks to help you.  Paul's second letter to Timothy (a young evangelist), suggests what Paul might say to you as you prepare to lead on an Explored …

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Are you reaching internationals with the Gospel?

As we continue to highlight a different Christianity Explored resource each month, our September focus is the Christianity Explored Universal (ESL) Edition, an 8-session, English made easy journey through the Gospel of Mark.   Easy to read and understand, the Universal Edition is a great way for people to explore the best news God has …

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Does Your Church Have a Pathway for Making Disciples?

The command Jesus gives us in the Great Commission of Matthew 28 is to “make disciples.”  That leads to an evaluation question: Does your church have an intentional pathway for engaging those who don’t yet believe in Jesus, and then leading them to follow Jesus and to love, live, and tell the gospel? There has …

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Did you know that Christianity Explored is expanding in Canada?

We want to introduce John Kivell, CE Ministries Canada regional director for Alberta. He is our first regional director in Canada, but the ministry is expanding. After a career in the business community, John decided to devote himself to helping churches and individuals develop a heart for evangelism, and then equipping them with the tools …

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Bible-Centered Evangelism in Latin America

  There is a need for Bible-centered evangelism in Latin America.  This need is evidenced not only by the numbers of unreached people in Latin American countries but also by the lack of Biblical depth and theological consistency among Latin American Christians. As Equipping Servants International states, “The Gospel reached Latin America more than a …

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How can SOUL help you reach teens and young adults?

In July, we began highlighting a different Christianity Explored Ministries resource each month. First, we focused on CY - a life-changing journey through the Gospel of Mark for 11-14-year-olds. For August, we are featuring SOUL.   SOUL helps older teens and young adults explore the Bible's answers to the big questions of life and helps …

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Multiplying Disciple-making in the Front Range Area of Colorado

Brian Dare’s report on the initial meeting of the Front Range hub: On July 12th, five of us converged on Castle Rock, near Denver, to discuss the future of the Christianity Explored (CE) ministry in the Colorado Front Range area. The conversation was stimulating, and enthusiasm was high. This diverse group of pastors and church …

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From Class to Course to Ministry: Part 2

  Blog post by Kevin Allen, Western Region Director Getting our Expectations Right As I said in part 1, “There is no silver bullet when it comes to evangelism.”  But unfortunately, churches succumb to the longing for a magical program that will instantly make and grow lots of disciples.  That’s why I include the session …

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From Class to Course to Ministry: Part 1

  Blog post by Kevin Allen, Western Region Director The Christianity Explored Church Journey There’s no silver bullet when it comes to evangelism.  While telling people about Jesus isn’t complicated, it’s also not easy. We're convinced that as we open the Bible and help people discover who Jesus is, why he came, and what it …

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Why Do Youth Leaders Love Using CY?

We will be highlighting specific resources each month. For the month of July, we chose to highlight CY! CY is a life-changing journey through the Gospel of Mark for 11-14-year-olds. See the author and presenter, Nate Morgan Locke, talk in detail about the course.   https://youtu.be/LG2XtdRWMlI   CY is a series of seven fast-paced sessions exploring …

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What is an Evangelistic Danger to Avoid?

Guest blog post by Barry Cooper The way we make disciples ought to be driven by biblical principles, not pragmatics. But sometimes, confirmation of biblical principles can come from a surprising source. Take the Reveal survey. It was published by Willow Creek in 2007, though it wasn’t just a Willow Creek thing: the survey was …

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How Can Good Theology Empower Evangelism?

Rico Tice has said, “Evangelism is one of the chief ways that heresy enters the church.”  Australian evangelist John Chapman said in a message on 2 Corinthians 4, “If you don’t get your theology of evangelism right, there’s almost no chance you’ll get your practice right.”  He continued, “That’s why I spend a little time …

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How Will Regional Hubs Across the US Help Support Churches?

Christianity Explored is launching a regional hub strategy in the US to provide better support to churches across the country. With two staff, one on each coast, it is impossible to reach the vast amount of churches across the country and into Canada so providing these hubs as support is crucial. Christianity Explored sees strong …

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Don’t Wait!  Three Tips To Help You Make Disciples

Blog post by Barry Cooper According to a March 2018 Barna study, - and we may presume that a similar study of Canada would be no less disappointing - a whopping 51% of US churchgoers said they’d never heard of the Great Commission - that moment in Matthew 28 where Jesus commands his disciples to “make disciples.” …

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Building Momentum for Evangelism in Washington D.C.

"While I have led Christianity Explored courses two to three times per year for more than three years, I found Rico's comments about Mark refreshing." Pastor Bill Sutherland shared this reflection at our recent Christianity Explored North American Conference: Building Momentum for Evangelism, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C. More than 160 people attended …

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You’re Invited! A Video Invitation – from Rico Tice – to our North American Conference

How do you build momentum for evangelism in your life and the life of your church? Answering this question is the focus of this year's Christianity Explored North American Conference, taking place on April 14 at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. Take one minute to view the special video conference invitation below, from Rico …

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A Special Video Invitation from Rico Tice

As a donor-supported ministry, we're committed to recognizing and informing our donors. If you are a past or present financial supporter of Christianity Explored USA, or if you would like to seriously consider becoming a supporter, we invite you to our supporters evening on April 13 at McLean Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA. The dinner is …

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Engaging People with the Gospel Through Questions

Have you ever wondered why Jesus asked so many questions? For example, he once asked a rich man, "Why do you call me good?" Why didn't he just give the man a gospel presentation? What's the deal with clarifying goodness? The truth is, the questions Jesus asked engaged people on deep levels and his example …

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Why Is God Pleased to Use Us in This Way?

Momentum. You don't always sense it in the moment, but when you step back for a larger view, it becomes apparent to you. That is what happened as I reflected on 2017. Christianity Explored North America is just one part of a worldwide ministry that is in 100 countries, with materials translated into more than 50 …

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Christy’s Story: Seeing God on the Move in and through Refugees in Ohio

By Christina Staats For more than a decade, I ministered to university students in England with Cru. Two and a half years ago my church asked me to move back home to the US to start a refugee ministry with them in Akron, Ohio. Like many people at that time, I knew little about refugees, …

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How to Advertise Your Christmas Outreach Event on Facebook

How will people in your community know about outreach events at your church this Christmas season? You may look to advertise in local newspapers, put up posters at area businesses, add the information to your church sign, or send postcards and flyers through the mail. But are you taking advantage of one of the most …

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5 Tips for Effective Christmas Outreach

A big question ministry leaders ask during the Christmas season is: "What is our plan for Christmas outreach?" The following are a 5 tips from David Dargue, minister of Christ Church Gosforth. Talk to regular attendees As a staff team, you've had ideas about what you might do. We each hope and expect to be …

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? What if You Are in Prison?

Stephen James is our Director of Prison Ministry. He joined Christianity Explored Ministries in 2008 to help develop our courses for prisons, after spending time in prison himself. Christmas is one of the hardest times to be in prison. It's meant to be a time spent with family; eating, drinking and enjoying life. When your …

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Deepening the Gospel’s Impact in Colorado

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 Making disciples is what Christianity …

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Seeking to Strengthen Churches

The Apostle Paul didn't just make converts; he strengthened churches. Acts 15:41 says that Paul returned to cities where he had previously evangelized, "And he went through Syria and Cilcia, strengthening churches." Christianity Explored doesn't seek to do the work of the local church, but to strengthen the local church. We seek to equip hundreds of …

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How Life Explored Is An Excellent Bridge to Christianity Explored

As Life Explored celebrates its one-year anniversary, the stories we have heard about its effectiveness are giving us keen insight into how God is working through all Christianity Explored courses. One key insight is how well Life Explored and Christianity Explored fit together. In Colorado Springs, Dave Hampton has found that the title "Life Explored" …

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Did You Know? The Great Commission Has No Geographic Boundaries

Many of the least reached places and people groups in the world exist in North America. In the ten states with the least evangelical presence in the US, less than 7% of the total population is evangelical Christian. In addition, God has brought many people from the world's least reached people groups and nations to …

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This Is Why Honest Evangelism Is Such an Effective Tool for Equipping Your Congregation

While serving for 5 years as a campus minister at Harvard University, Pastor Bradley Barnes discovered a love for the Church in New England. In response, he felt called to launch a church campus of Christ the King Church in Newton, MA. With less than 2% of the population in the Boston area attending a …

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A Christianity Explored Testimony: A Good Start In Boston

Alan recently spoke with Dave Comeau, Associate Pastor at South Shore Baptist Church (SSBC), and he was thrilled with the results of the church's first Christianity Explored course (course leaders pictured above). A solid core of 14 guests attended, with 20 different guests coming to at least 2 sessions. Dave was encouraged by the response, …

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How Do You Get People to Come to an Evangelistic Bible Study?

On May 11th we hosted our first webinar on best practices to follow when leading a Christianity Explored course. Our topic focused on a question we hear often: "How do you get people to come to Christianity Explored?" Thoughts shared during the webinar include: You need to show people the value of the course Personal …

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What Are You Seeking to Accomplish?

Where do you start if you are seeking to get people moving out in evangelism? How do you choose an evangelism program and implement it? Before you answer those questions, here is an important preliminary question: What am I seeking to accomplish? If they are being honest, many people would answer, "I am seeking to …

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