Field Evangelism

 

The objective of the NAD Evangelism Institute is to provide Master of Divinity students with a positive learning experience that will be an encouragement for them to engage in evangelistic ministry, and be a model of evangelism for their ministry. Using a variety of evangelistic methods, the Institute partners with conferences and churches to involve students in outreach to communities throughout the North American Division.

Field schools usually involve students in four weeks of evangelistic experience. This may include preparation, involvement in meetings, and follow-up work. Each year there are opportunities to participate in various types of evangelism including single church meetings, city-wide events, campus ministry, urban ministry, church planting series, and evangelism tailored for specific people-groups. MDiv students who have been a pastor before entering the Seminary and/or have experience with evangelism can take part in a field school that focuses on an area that will provide them with new skills.

Conference leaders and evangelists are encouraged to consider mentoring MDiv students by holding a Field School of Evangelism. Contact us to receive further information.

 

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Matthew 28:19

Overview

Each year there are field school opportunities to participate in various types of evangelism including single church meetings, city-wide events, campus ministry, urban ministry, church planting series, and evangelism tailored for specific people-groups. Students with previous evangelistic experience can benefit from field schools that focus on specific areas providing new and different skills.

Field schools usually involve students in four weeks of evangelistic experience. This may include preparation, involvement in meetings, and follow-up work.

A field school is so much more than participating in evangelism under the direction of an evangelist. Making friendships, watching the Holy Spirit move, visiting and studying with people who urgently want to know the Bible, sharing baptismal events – all these encounters, and more, will make up your field school experience.

Some field schools provide the opportunity for your spouse and family to attend. Be sure to plan your schedule with this possibility in mind.


Funding

Transportation to and from field schools:
Sponsored students—Travel allowance paid by sponsoring conference
Unsponsored students—Travel allowance paid by NAD Evangelism Institute

Lodging during field schools:
Suitable housing will be provided either in the homes of members or as arranged by the local church or conference.

Meals during field schools:
Meals while attending the field school will be provided by the local church or through per diem amounts given to purchase food.

Transportation during field schools:
Mileage will be paid by the local church or through the evangelism budget.

 



Upcoming Field School Opportunities

*All options are virtual with limited hybrid support pending Andrews University and CDC guidelines for the safety of our students. 

 

Summer 2021

 

Term 1

May 17 - June 11

CHURCH- Adventist Fellowship 
PASTOR- Nic Coutet
CITY- Tulsa, Oklahoma
CONFERENCE- Oklahoma Conference

The Tulsa, Adventist Fellowship option will tap into the relational streams of the church members and the Seminary students will walk away with exercise in nurturing member involvement for public evangelism. Another critical learning point will be the high level engagement of the local community being served in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

 

CHURCH- Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Dr. William Lee
CITY- Chicago, Illinois 
CONFERENCE- Lake Region Conference

The South Bend, Berean and Chicago, Shiloh field school will be led by Pastor Claval Hunter and Dr. William Lee respectively. Pastor Hunter has already been leading an innovative transformation in the South Bend ministry area. This field school will reflect some of the strongest elements of pastoral evangelism in a suburban context. If you have an interest in creating a culture of growth through community service, this is the field school for you. The clear proclamation of the Adventist message will be anchor at this site. 

 

CHURCH- Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Claval Hunter
CITY- South Bend, Indiana
CONFERENCE- Lake Region Conference

The South Bend, Berean and Chicago, Shiloh field school will be led by Pastor Claval Hunter and Dr. William Lee respectively. Pastor Hunter has already been leading an innovative transformation in the South Bend ministry area. This field school will reflect some of the strongest elements of pastoral evangelism in a suburban context. If you have an interest in creating a culture of growth through community service, this is the field school for you. The clear proclamation of the Adventist message will be anchor at this site. 

 

Term 2

June 14 - July 9

 

CHURCH- Woodbridge Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Lola Moore
CITY- Woodbridge, Virginia
CONFERENCE- Potomac Conference

In Woodbridge, VA Pastor Lola Johnson is leading a vibrant and relevant congregation. This field school will focus on helping that local church build on its community service initiatives to better reach the community that it serves. The big takeaway from this one will be the appeal culture. Applying the culture of evangelism to an already connected church should offer dynamic outcomes.

 

CHURCH- Conant Garden Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Tricia Wynn Payne
CITY- Detroit, Michigan
CONFERENCE- Lake Region Conference

Pastor Tricia Wynn Payne in Detroit will be tapping into her online following with an emphasis on personal testimony and prayers. All of the field schools are specifically focused on public evangelism. This particular fields school will provide a relational approach that will involve the local members in fresh new ways.

 

Term 3 & 4

July 12 - August 6

 

CHURCH- Woodbridge Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Lola Moore
CITY- Woodbridge, Virginia
CONFERENCE- Potomac Conference

In Woodbridge, VA Pastor Lola Johnson is leading a vibrant and relevant congregation. This field school will focus on helping that local church build on its community service initiatives to better reach the community that it serves. The big takeaway from this one will be the appeal culture. Applying the culture of evangelism to an already connected church should offer dynamic outcomes.

 

CHURCH- Conant Garden Seventh-day Adventist Church
PASTOR- Tricia Wynn Payne
CITY- Detroit, Michigan
CONFERENCE- Lake Region Conference

Pastor Tricia Wynn Payne in Detroit will be tapping into her online following with an emphasis on personal testimony and prayers. All of the field schools are specifically focused on public evangelism. This particular fields school will provide a relational approach that will involve the local members in fresh new ways.

 

Fall 2021

August 23 – October 9

 

CHURCH- 
1.    Greenville Seventh-day Adventist Church 
2.    Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church 
3.    Greenville Spanish, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 
4.    Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church
5.    Asheville,Seventh-day Adventist Church
6.    Spartanburg Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church 
EVANGELIST(s)-
1.    Dr. Ron Smith, Southern Union President
2.    John T. Boston, II, NAD Evangelism Institute
3.    Ralph Ringer, Southern Union Conference
4.    Michelle Mota, Guest Evangelist
REGION- Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
CONFERENCE- Southern Union/Carolina/South Atlantic

The Southern Union Fall Field School 2021 will provide learning and practice in: Public evangelism planning in a hybrid site and online context, virtual evangelism marketing, organizing members for online public evangelism and engaging a community with compassion and proclamation. The sites will include local churches in South Carolina and Alabama. The evangelists will be Dr. Carlton Byrd and John T. Boston, II. Pre-recorded series will be hosted by David Machado, Richie Halverson and Paul Coneff. If you register for this field school you will walk away with practical experience in leading a public evangelistic effort in a contemporary context including the post-pandemic experience. Churches that are participating vary in size from 20 active members to 10,000 active online viewers. Questions that we will explore: How to lead decisions online? Can a hybrid site/digital approach to evangelism grow my church? What does it take to actually connect with my local community in growing my church through public evangelism?