Introduction to Personal Evangelism

In a culture where the Christian world view is pushed to the margins, learning to share the gospel in a manner which is theologically robust and answers the questions people are asking, is imperative. We need to be in touch with both the great gospel of God in all its deep simplicity and at the same time with what people are thinking and saying and asking.

This half-subject aims to equip you to communicate and defend the gospel in personal evangelism, to motivate you to engage in evangelism, to address key theological and practical issues in evangelism, and to model an approach to training others for evangelism that you can use (the God’s World gospel outline).

You will critically examine popular gospel outlines, evaluating their theological assumptions and cultural bias, thereby creating space for a more nuanced presentation of the gospel. You will also explore questions of apologetics such as questions of suffering, the reliability of the bible, and the idea that religion promotes violence. In a context where New Atheism has breathed new life into these discussions, we need to be well-equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities these questions present.

This half-subject is usually completed in conjunction with EM064 Ministry Foundations.

Please visit the timetable by clicking here for current information on subject availability.

Subject Details

Mode Online  On-campus 
Workload  One semester, 6 credit points One semester, 6 credit points
Status  Ridley-required foundational subject Ridley-required foundational subject
Subject code EM063 EM063
Prerequisites  None None
Teacher  Andrew Katay
Tim Foster
Chris Swann


  • Network News – hearing how others are going in their evangelistic conversations, and praying for one another;
  • Player – looking at who is involved in our evangelistic activity;
  • Proclamation – considering the theological foundation of our gospel outline;
  • Perspectives – examining different world-views and answering tough questions from different perspectives.

Study Expectations
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the topics covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 4 hours of study time per week for this half-subject.


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