The George Whitefield Program is conducting its annual training the week of June 15 – 19, 2020. 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:

Track #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 Great Commission.
  • Spiritual disciplines which includes prayer and navigating the relationships you have as an evangelist.

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 ’20”: Register.

Track #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.  

Read under “Scheduled Teachers” “Track #2” below for more details about this year’s training.  These skills will be developed:

  • Biblical exposition: in order to preach the Word faithfully and fruitfully.
  • Preaching: you will preach a sermon(s) and have it critiqued.
  • Critiquing sermons: you will critique the other participants sermons. 

To register for the homiletics training visit this page and enter “George Whitefield Program – Homiletics ’20” when asked for the event you are attending: Register.

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 is the same as what Cru, who has 27,000 missionaries, teaches and can be found in essence, although not identical, in this book, “The God Ask“. 

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.

Bill Adams: Chief Evangelist & Overseer of Sports Fan Outreach Int’l. Bill’s teaching is: “The role of the evangelist in the Great Commission” and “Spiritual disciplines: establishing spiritual disciplines to be a fruitful evangelist.” Bill’s teaching is Thursday and Friday morning.

Track #2

Heath Pucel – Founder of Learn Word Search as well as an evangelist at Fishermen’s Call. Heath will be teaching expository preaching using Simeon Trust’s Teaching Method and Learn Word Search.

Heath describes the goal of his teaching: “It is a commitment to faithful exposition of Scripture and the dedication to the hard work of studying the text versus relying on what others say about the text like our favorite preachers or reliance on study notes and/or commentaries for our meaning before we put in the work. It seeks to correct the mishandling of Scripture in order to be relevant or to get it to say what we want to fit our own presuppositions or theological frameworks.”

These attachments also give you an idea of what and how Heath will teach. You will be assigned a text to work from prior to the training. 

Heath’s testimony: Heath grew up in church and was a false convert for much of his life. Having made a profession of faith at age 5 and though I was saved lived my life with very little change for holiness. Made several dedications after worldly sorrow but not true change of heart. Yet even in my false conversion and learning on works righteousness had a passion for studying and teaching God’s word.

In 2003, the Lord through his mercy brought Heath to repentance in faith through Jesus Christ and lit a fire for evangelism as well as continuing to use his gift of teaching for the Lord.

Heath has a passion to teach and preach the word of God through various means as an evangelist, Sunday school teacher, small group leader, itinerant preacher.

Heath is a lifelong learner having studied with Liberty home Bible institute, and currently in the process of completing a certificate in Biblical Counseling through Biblical Counseling Institute under the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Since 2017, Heath has been a participant an ardent supporter of the Simeon Trust Workshops on Bible Expositions. He has a passion for and encouraging others to commit to expository preaching, which has transformed his open air and pulpit preaching.

In 2018, Heath collaborated with Learnlogos.com as the lead trainer and founder of Learnwordsearch.com providing easy, affordable and transformative training using WordSearch Bible software to study, teach and preach the Bible more effectively.

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 15

Registration: Noon – 2:00 PM

Afternoon session: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dinner break: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Evening session: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday June 18

Prayer: 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 – 6:00 PM

Evening session: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, June 19

Prayer: 8:00 AM

Closing session: 9:00 AM – Noon.

Logistics

LocationBirchwood Community Center.

Accommodations: On your own. If want us to find local housing let us know. 

Cost: $400. Includes 8 meals. GWP Payments.

For men bringing their families the extra cost is meals. Meals are $40 / person for 4 evening meals. 

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.

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