The George Whitefield Program is conducting its annual training the week of June 18 – 22, 2018. To apply contact Bill Adams at either: bill@sfoi.org or 866-646-5683 #1 and then complete the registration page.  Select the “George Whitefield Program – Training Week ’17” as your event:  Registration.

The training is designed to provide a foundation and understanding of fruitful practical tools to facilitate your perseverance in the work of an evangelist. These topics are covered: fundraising; evangelistic/Great Commission theology; and ministry life [what spiritual disciplines do you need to develop to make your life as an evangelist fruitful]. This year in depth teaching of preaching or homiletics has been added.

Again, the training is for men who believe they are called to or are considering the work of evangelism full-time. This is not training in evangelism, that training is conducted through Sports Fan Outreach events, rather this is training for the administrative and personal aspects of ministry.

There are two tracks:

#1: this is required for men who are joining the GWP or men who want to learn the fundamentals of evangelistic life.  The week includes the topics of fundraising, the theology of evangelism/Great Commission and ministry life. To register to attend click on this link and select “George Whitefield Program – Training ’17” as your event: Register.

#2: this is for GWP evangelists who are already in the program and men whether they are a pastor, evangelist, teach, seminary student or layman, who want to learn the mechanics of preaching often called homiletics.  You will have opportunities to have your sermons critiqued. The specific title of the homiletic training is: ‘How to preach evangelistically from the Scriptures’. To register for the homiletics training visit this page and select “Homiletics: Preaching Evangelistically from the Scriptures” as your event: Register.

The schedule.

The time slots are the same for both tracks. Both tracks come together for the “Evening Session” which is a joint worship service. Families are invited to attend the evening sessions.

Monday, June 19

Registration Noon – 2:00 PM; afternoon training session 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Dinner break 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM; Evening session 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday June 22

Prayer 6:00 AM; Breakfast 8:00 AM; morning training session 9:00 AM – Noon; lunch break [includes lunch and prayer] Noon – 2:00 PM; afternoon training session 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; dinner break 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM; evening session 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday, June 23

Prayer 6:00 AM; Breakfast 8:00 AM; closing session 9:00 AM – Noon.

Scheduled teachers

Track #1

Charlie Berry a member of the CRU Partner Development Team. Charlie’s teaching is: “Mobilizing the Saints to partner with you financially.” On Wednesday you will make phone calls to set up appointments for the next week. Prepare a list of 200 contacts and write out your “Calling Testimony” and bring both with you to the training. Charlie’s teaching is Monday – Wednesday.

Dr. Herb Ward: Professor of Biblical Studies Covenant College: Herb’s teaching is: the Theology of evangelism/missions using Dr. Christopher Wright‘s book as a text book: “The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission“. Purchase this book and read it prior to the training. Charlie’s teaching is on Thursday.

Bill Adams: Chief Evangelist & Overseer of Sports Fan Outreach Int’l. Bill’s teaching is: “Living the life of the evangelist: establishing spiritual disciplines to be a fruitful evangelist.” Bill’s teaching is on Friday morning.

Track #2

Pastor Nathan Tarr and Elder Mark Baker from Christ Church Knoxville, TN and Dr. Rick Light Pastor of Eastern Heights Presbyterian Church in Bristol, TN and the Executive Director of PEF: Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.

Pastor Tarr’s topics are:

(1) “God’s Works are to be Known as well as His Word” – Biblical Marks of Biblical Exposition; (2) “Treat Scripture as the Face of God for Now, Melt in its Presence” – Preaching in the Patristic Age; (3) “Singing the Word in Order that We Might Understand” – Preaching in the Middle Ages; (4) “The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God” – Reformation and Puritan Preaching.
Elder Mark Baker’s topic: “Let the Word Speak: Introduction to Tracing the Argument.”
[To prepare for their teaching review Dr. John Piper’s classic book on preaching, “The Supremacy of God in Preaching” and Dr. Tom Schreiner’s book, “Interpreting the Pauline Epistles“.

Dr. Rick Light‘s message will cover four specific areas: the Bible, the Messenger, the Message and the Audience.

Location: Eastview Chapel in Georgetown, TN.

Cost:  For individuals:  $375 per person. This includes four nights, and eleven meals on the campus of TWU.  You can see the room layout at the Tennessee Wesleyan dorm here: TWU Rooms.

For men bringing their families:  $550.  This includes accommodations for the family at a local hotel and eleven meals on campus for the man.  Each room has two beds, includes breakfast and a pool. This does not include meals on campus for the family.  Families can eat meals on campus at the cost of $9 per person per meal.

Daily activities for the families will be conducted. They will include playing at local playgrounds, visiting local sites including the Mayfield Dairy plant and the scenic areas that are unique to East Tennessee. In other words the families will be busy each day with the other families so they won’t be by themselves during the week.

Extra: Consider this week like a camp meeting with training. This means there’s plenty of praying and preaching mixed with training. Men are encouraged to bring their families. There will be activities for the families during the training times.