The George Whitefield Program is conducting its annual training the week of June 17 – 21, 2019. The training is designed to provide a foundation of fruitful practical tools to facilitate your perseverance in the work of an evangelist.

To apply contact Bill Adams at either: bill@sfoi.org or 866-646-5683 #1 and then complete the registration page noting whether you are participating in Track #1 or #2.

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.  These topics are covered: ministry partner development [fundraising]; the role of the evangelist in the Lord’s redemptive work; and spiritual disciplines.

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.

To register to attend click on this link and when asked for the event you are attending type “George Whitefield Program – Training ’18”: Register.

#2: is for GWP evangelists who are already in the program and men whether they are a pastor, evangelist, teacher, seminary student or layman, who want to learn the mechanics of preaching often called homiletics.  You will have opportunities to have your sermons critiqued.

To register for the homiletics training visit this page and enter “Homiletics ’18” when asked for the event you are attending: 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 17

Registration: Noon – 2:00 PM

Afternoon 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 18 – Thursday June 20

Prayer: 7:00 AM

Breakfast: 8:00 AM

Morning session: 9:00 AM – Noon

Lunch break: Noon – 2:00 PM  [includes lunch and prayer]

Afternoon 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 21

Prayer: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast: 8:00 AM

Closing session: 9:00 AM – Noon.

Scheduled teachers

Track #1

Charlie Berry a member of the CRU Ministry Partner Development Team. Charlie’s teaching is: “Mobilizing the Saints to partner with you financially.” Charlie’s training will lead to you making phone calls on Wednesday 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. More details will be added including after you register.

Dr. Rick Light: Pastor at Eastern Heights Presbyterian Church in Bristol, TN and the Director of PEF Mission Agency. Dr. Light’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. Dr. Light’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 Friday morning.

Track #2

This year’s subject for the Homiletics teaching is:  “A Path to Practical, Persuasive, Powerful Preaching”.

Speaker: Dr. Denny Prutow. Author of “So Pastor, What’s Your Point?”  Dr. Prutow will teach all sessions and critique everyone’s preaching. You will have the opportunity to preach 2 ten minute sermons at different times during the week that will be critiqued by Dr. Prutow.

You can gain insight into his teaching by visiting this page: ‘So Pastor What’s Your Point?‘.

Dr. Prutow’s session topics will be:

1. Definition of Preaching
2. Basic Sermon Types
3. Determining Your Sermon Text
4. Getting the Point of Your Text
5. Developing Your Sermon Point
6. The Characteristics of Oral Presentations
7. Developing Your Outline
8. Sermon Details: Explanation, Illustration, Application, Transition
9. The Importance of Illustrative Material
10. Conclusions
11. Introductions
12. Extemporaneous Preaching

Dr. Prutow has written several books. You can find them here: Dr. Denny Prutow’s Books.

Location: Decatur, TN. At the Decatur United Methodist Church.

Accommodations: You can stay where you want however a block of rooms is reserved at the  Comfort Inn, Athens, TN (cost see below).  There are campgrounds nearby and other hotels in the area.

Cost:

For individuals. $200. This includes 4 meals.

For men bringing their families: $40 per person for 4 evening meals. Everyone attends the evening meal and service.

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.