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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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How “wealth” distracts from Thanksgiving

In the Gospel of Mark, one of the earliest books written about the life of Jesus, Jesus makes a bold statement: “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”Mark 10:23 This statement shocked Jesus’ followers, who lived in a culture where wealth meant status and respect--and most certainly an honored …

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Stories from Latin America 2019: Part 1

This fall, Christianity Explored USA Board Member Billy King traveled to Latin America to host CE trainings in three cities. These conferences focused on teaching pastors and lay people to share the Gospel using Christianity Explored. A few weeks ago, I sat down with Billy to hear stories from his time there. Billy King in …

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A God of Abundance or Scarcity?

Do you look at God’s world as a world of scarcity or abundance?  Do you view God as stingy and demanding, or as unimaginably generous?  The way we answer these questions influences how we live, worship, and relate to others.  How we answer these questions determines whether we have a grumbling heart, or whether our …

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Leading a CE Course? We’re Here to Help!

Christianity Explored is a simple, structured, and supported way to share the Gospel with your friends, family, or church members. But we know that getting familiar with a new resource can seem overwhelming. That's why we offer a Leader's Area just for people running any of our Christianity Explored Ministry series. Whether you're brand new …

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The Prisoner’s Journey®: Stories from around the world

From Christianity Explored Ministries: "Despite being locked up, my soul has been freed in Christ." If you know a little bit about our prison ministry, you're probably aware of our partnership with Prison Fellowship International (PFI). Together with PFI we have developed The Prisoner's Journey®, adapted from the Prison Edition of Christianity Explored. This transformational evangelism and discipleship program …

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Seeing Miracles of Grace in a State Prison

Christianity Explored is adaptable.  It can be used in a variety of settings – even in a fire camp where state prisoners work off the last months of their sentences by fighting fires! Each weekend, Doyle Young heads out to La Cima Conservation Camp, better known as “fire camp”, in San Diego County. La Cima …

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What About the Nones?

A follow-up to our review of the book, You Found Me, by Rick Richardson In his newest book, You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith, Rick Richardson addresses several myths about the American Church.  The first myth he addresses is that America is becoming …

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Book Review: You Found Me by Rick Richardson

If you've read Rico Tice’s book Honest Evangelism:  How to Talk about Jesus Even When It’s Tough, a good book to read as a follow-up is Rick Richardson’s new book, You Found Me:  New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irregligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith. In Honest Evangelism, Rico gives two halves …

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Book review: Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman

Of the many books on evangelism, what stands out about Newman's book, Questioning Evangelism? For me, it was how I could picture myself practicing the concepts in this book. The book is broken up into three sections to help readers digest the content. The first section talks about why questions are an effective tool in …

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How to Start a Christianity Explored Course

Christianity Explored gives people time and space to discover the best news they've ever heard. Over seven interactive sessions, as they explore Mark's Gospel, people discover who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him. The course is flexible and you can use it one-to-one, or in larger groups, churches, or …

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Christianity Explored: Training for Trainers

You can be equipped as a Christianity Explored trainer. This highly interactive event on August 2, 2019 will give you the training you need so you can teach others how to lead a Christianity Explored course. When? Friday, August 2, 2019 | 9:00am-3:00pm Where? Deer Creek Community Church | Littleton, CO Cost? $20 which includes …

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Is the Christianity Explored Conference Worth your Time?

Any time you're looking at investing a day of your time, you naturally want to know if it's worth it.  Time is a precious resource. I'd like to share with you some testimonies of past conference attendees who have found practical and meaningful value from investing one day at a Christianity Explored conference. Peter from …

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Expressing the message of Easter: Resources to share

For many people in America, Christians or not, the message of Easter gets pushed aside by pastel colors, eggs filled with candy, and a life-size bunny that comes and brings treats and gifts to children. This Easter, you can help steer people back toward the true message of Easter with the following two resources: Capturing …

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More than 1,200 trained in evangelism in Latin America

Billy King is on our ministry team and he has a heart to see the true Gospel of Jesus proclaimed in Latin America. So far, 1,250 people have received evangelism training (350 of them being pastors). During Billy's most recent trip, he visited Uruguay and Chile. Uruguay Uruguay is the most secular country in South …

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Rico Tice: Supporters’ Evening 2019

Join us Friday, May 3 for our annual Supporters' Evening dinner. This is the night before the Christianity Explored Conference. Whether you've financially supported us in the past or not, if you have ever benefited from Christianity Explored, Life Explored, or Discipleship Explored, then we hope you'll join us for our Supporters' Evening on May …

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Rico Tice: Christianity Explored Conference 2019

We hope you'll join us this year in Nashville for our annual conference. This year's theme, How Will They Hear, will help us discern God's role and our role in evangelism, as well as sharpening our skills in sharing the gospel with many types of people. There will also be plenty of break out sessions …

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Evangelism: More Impossible Than It Used To Be (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 2-part series by Randy Newman, taken from his blog -Connection Points.  In part 1, Randy explained how he has observed despair creep into our motivation for evangelism. Here’s what we need to remember. While the challenges to evangelism may be more formidable than in recent years, God’s power to …

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Evangelism: More Impossible Than It Used To Be (Part 1)

This is part 1 of a 2-part series by Randy Newman, taken from his blog -Connection Points.  In part 1, Randy explains some changes he has observed over time in our motivation for evangelism.  In part 2, he will point to a liberating insight from Scripture. I’ve noticed some changes in Christians’ attitudes and motivations …

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Aim of CE training: Part 1

"What is the aim of Christianity Explored training?"  That's a great question that pastors ask. This is the first of a three-part series by Kevin Allen, Western Region Director of Christianity Explored USA. CE Training is aimed at overcoming the chief obstacle... ...that keeps North American Churches from doing evangelism. Fear is our greatest obstacle! …

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How Will They Hear?-2019 CE-USA Conference Registration Now Open

Hosted by Covenant Presbyterian Church: 33 Burton Hills Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37215 May 4th, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Featuring Training by Rico Tice & Randy Newman: How Will They Hear? Bringing the Gospel  Home: Witnessing to family members, close friends, and others you can’t fool Rico is Minister of Evangelism at All Souls …

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Coffee and Conversation with Internationals

With refugees continuing to be in the news, is there a way the church can respond? One example of a church that saw this as an opportunity is Trinity United Reformed in St. Catherines, ON. A Pastor in the congregation, Thabet Megaly, who leads a ministry called Pathway of Peace, worked in conjunction with the …

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Commit To It In 2019

In last week's blog, I quoted from Mark Eldredge's four-step plan for focusing your church's ministry in the year ahead. Step four was:   Once you have a clear direction for where to focus next year, commit to it.   The number one mistake I see churches make in implementing an evangelistic strategy is to look for that magic program …

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What is the 80/30 Opportunity – And What Is Your Focus for 2019?

The vast majority of churches in North America need to recover a focus on outreach and evangelism. The need to refocus is seen in the 80/10 problem and 80/30 opportunity. Rick Richardson of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College recently highlighted the 80/10 problem for the December meeting of the Evangelism Leaders Fellowship. The …

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Christmas Resources You Can Share

As you seek to share the gospel this Christmas, we wanted to draw your attention to a few resources from our friends at Speak Life for use on your own social media or as part of your services. Meet the Nativity Last year we were thrilled to partner with Speak Life on their series of Christmas films, Meet the Nativity. …

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The Gospel Enroute Across the Pacific!

Lighthouse Harbour Ministries in North Vancouver, BC has pursued God’s unique call of reaching crew members on cargo ships making stops in Vancouver! At any point in time, there are 8-10 cargo ships in port in North Vancouver. While they are in port, Lighthouse visits them and gives out Bibles in their native languages. 70-80% …

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A Great Opportunity, But It’s Never Easy.

The Advent and Christmas season is a great opportunity for planting seeds for the gospel, but it’s never easy to invite someone to a Christmas Event.  In our last blog post, we featured a story about how a church in New Jersey was able to make an eternal difference in someone’s life.  It started with …

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Making an Eternal Difference at Greentree Church

Who will you be inviting to your church's Christmas services or programs?  Does your church have a plan for following up those who come to special holiday services?  You never know how God will use your invitation. Read Kathy's story below: "For three years I had been praying for Geri my dear neighbor and friend, …

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Two Ideas for Your Christmas Outreach

Christmas is still the best outreach opportunity of the year. As Rico Tice says in the short video, Why Do Evangelism at Christmas? – “This is a Christian festival…it’s culturally acceptable to say ‘would you like to come and celebrate Christmas with me?’…people expect us to speak.” Here are two ideas for outreach at Christmas: …

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We Have Plenty of Reasons to Give Thanks!

Our Bible contains a Psalm that was written for the express purpose of giving thanks. The late Dr. James Montgomery Boice calls Psalm 100 “the very quintessence of Thanksgiving.” (Boice, Psalms: Volume 2. Baker Book, 1996) Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence …

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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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