Evangelism and the Local Church

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1


This unit presents a theological foundation for evangelism, with particular reference to the development of contextually appropriate evangelistic strategies.  As part of this a variety of evangelistic approaches and programmes are explored and evaluated.  The content of the Gospel message; motives for engaging in evangelism; the call and ministry of an evangelist; and the place of apologetics in twenty-first century evangelism also form an integral part of the unit.


To introduce students to the theory and practice of evangelism in the context of the local church, and to cultivate skills in developing and deploying an appropriate evangelistic strategy.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·     Summarise the range and substance of contemporary evangelistic practice in Britain

Intellectual skills

·     Evaluate the theological and practical strengths and weaknesses of a variety of evangelistic approaches and programmes

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Locate, analyse and utilise information

·      Develop an evangelistic strategy that is appropriate to a given local church context


Assessment task


Weighting within unit


·         A group presentation in class


15 minutes




·         An essay


3000 words






Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1.    What is evangelism? The nature of the gospel in Christian preaching

2.    Why evangelism? The contemporary experience of evangelism in the churches

3.    Damascus Road or Emmaus Road: becoming a Christian in C21; understanding the Christian conversion experience

4.    Contemporary evangelistic practice: Five broad approaches; ethical practice in proselytising

5.    Strategies for evangelism 1 - Re-emerging Church: reaching a returning generation

6.    Strategies for evangelism 2 – Street Evangelism

7.    Strategies for evangelism 3 – A black-majority/Pentecostal church approach

8.    Strategies for evangelism 4 - Training in personal evangelism; a student led workshop

9.    Strategies for evangelism 5 - Strategies in pre-evangelism; a student led workshop

10.  Strategies for evangelism 6 - Programmes in process evangelism; a student led workshop

11.  Mosaic evangelism: the challenge to reach all

Teaching method

Interactive lectures and student led workshops

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Adeney, Frances S., Graceful Evangelism (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010)

Bliese, Richard H. & Craig Van Gelder, The Evangelizing Church (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 2005)

Booker, Mike & Mark Ireland, Evangelism – which way now? (London: Ch Ho Publ, 2003)

Brueggemann, Walter, Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993)

Chilcote, Paul C. & Laceye C. Warner, The Study of Evangelism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008)

Croft, Steven J. L. et al, Evangelism in a Spiritual Age (London: Church House Publishing, 2005)

Currin, Jim, Sharing Faith the Jesus Way (Abingdon: BRF, 2011)

Hollinghurst, Steve, Mission Shaped Evangelism (Norwich: Canterbury, 2010)

Standing, Roger, Mosaic Evangelism (Cambridge: Grove, 2013)

Thiessen, Elmer John, The Ethics of Evangelism (Downers Grove: IVP, 2011)


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Evangelism and the Local Church

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 256





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