November 11 - 12, 2022
St. Louis, MO at Covenant Theological Seminary
What does evangelism look like today? How can we effectively share the Gospel in a culture that is, at best, disinterested and, at worst, hostile towards faith?
Join us for an honest, but encouraging look at evangelism and how you can be equipped to share the good news of Jesus. This two-day conference (with auxiliary events to be scheduled) will feature Rico Tice (Christianity Explored co-founder and Minister of Evangelism at All Souls Church Langham Place), Craig Dyer (Christianity Explored Ministries International Training Director), and a diverse team of breakout speakers including Dr. Thurman Williams, Dr. Robert Kim, Prof. Jessie Swigart and Lorianne Merritt.
Drawing from twenty years of evangelism ministry at Christianity Explored and in the local church, Rico Tice and Craig Dyer will present practical advice and effective solutions for sharing the Gospel in today's culture. Our breakout speakers will then examine how evangelism works in specific contexts such as urban environments, church plants, or around your kitchen table. We will also offer hands on training in Christianity Explored so that you can immediately take these resources back to your home church or ministry.
We're excited to gather in person to encourage each other, learn from experts, and rethink what evangelism looks like in our context. Will you join us?
Rico Tice: Rico is the founder of Christianity Explored Ministries and the Senior Minister of Evangelism at All Souls Church, Langham Place where he worked alongside John Stott. Rico spent a year working at a church in inner city Liverpool and then studied history at Bristol University before going on to graduate from theological college at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Rico is a passionate evangelist and a regular speaker at missions and evangelistic events around the world. He is the author of Honest Evangelism, Faithful Leaders, and more.
Craig Dyer: After pastoring for 20 years, Craig joined Christianity Explored Ministries to train church leaders how to use CE resources and encourage evangelism in the local church. Craig's role takes him all over the globe and he lives with his family in Glasgow.
Dr. Robert Kim: Dr. Kim is the Assistant Professor of Applied Theology and Church Planting at Covenant Seminary, which he joined after 23 years of pastoral ministry and church planting experience. Dr. Kim holds a DMin in church development from Reformed Theological Seminary and is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Dr. Kim has provided churches and church planters with guidance in the areas of vision building, prayer mobilization, strategic planning, coaching, recruiting, assessing, training, and mentoring.
Lorianne Merritt: Lorianne is the Executive Director of Christianity Explored North America. Trained as an industrial engineer, Lorianne transitioned in her career to serve churches and faith-based non-profits. With a seminary degree in theology and a heart for hospitality, she has a passion to equip churches and to help people grow in love with Jesus and Scripture.
Prof. Jessie Swigart: Prof. Swigart is the Dean of Academic Administration and Assistant Professor of Educational Ministries at Covenant Seminary. She is passionate about creating challenging and compassionate spaces in which learners can grow together in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. She is working toward a PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Dr. Thurman Williams: Dr. Thurman Williams was named Adjunct Professor of Homiletics and Director of Homiletics in 2021. He also serves as Pastor of New City Fellowship–West End, a church plant and new site of New City Fellowship in St. Louis. Thurman holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Chesapeake Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Covenant Theological Seminary, completed in 2011 with a dissertation titled “Christ-Centered Preaching in Hip-Hop Culture.”
Friday, Nov. 11
Pre-Conference Events (optional but all registrants are welcome to attend)
10:00am - Chapel at Covenant Theological Seminary. Rico Tice to speak.
11:00am - 12:15pm - Outreach and Evangelism Class at Covenant Theological Seminary led by Rico Tice and Craig Dyer. Open to all conference attendees and students.
6:30pm - Registration Opens
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Opening Plenary Sessions
Saturday, Nov. 12
9:00am - Conference Begins. Main Session with Rico Tice
10:15 - Coffee Break
10:30 - Practical Training with Craig Dyer
11:30am - Lunch Break
1:00pm - Breakout Speakers (choose one)
Dr. Thurman Williams: "Urban Evangelism: How do we open our mouths?"
Dr. Robert Kim: "Kingdom Advancement vs. Kingdom Shuffling: Strengthening the skill of evangelism for Church Planters"
Prof. Jessie Swigart and Lorianne Merritt: "Welcomed into God's Mission: Evangelism as Participating in God's Hospitality"
2:00pm - Christianity Explored Training Session (choose one)
Beginner (new to CE): led by Ian Roberts, Billy King and Lorianne Merritt
Advanced (have run CE before): Craig Dyer and Ben Kirkpatrick
3:00pm - Coffee Break
3:15pm - Main Session with Rico Tice
4:00pm - Closing, conference ends