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Sharing the Good News – Evangelistic Courses

It’s a great joy when friends or contacts want to investigate Christianity. Courses – whether run online or in person, in a group or one-to-one – can be a great help. But which one to go for? 

Every course has strengths and weaknesses, but we asked nine experienced evangelists and local church leaders for their ‘go to’ recommendations (and why these are their top picks). These were their most recommended. 

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321: The story of God, the World and You

Glen Scrivener

theme

‘This is the place to explore the big questions of life.’

Length

Could run as 3 sessions.

Format/product

3 films, plus responses to common questions. Book.

Our reviewers said...

“This 3-week course is fantastic at giving a ‘big picture’ view of the Christian faith, in a way that shows us knowing Christ is not only necessary, but also wonderfully good.”

Christianity Explored

Christianity Explored Ministries (CEM)

theme

‘What’s the best news you’ve ever heard?’

Relaxed and informal presentation of the Christian faith, centred on Mark’s Gospel.

Length

7 sessions, plus a ‘day away’

Format/product

Short Bible study in Mark’s Gospel; talk (film or using outline); discussion. Tailored versions available (e.g. youth, prison ministry).

Our reviewers said...

“I particularly love the clarity of the gospel presentation (identity, mission, call) and the emphasis on hospitality. If people are willing to commit the time, this remains my go to resource.”

Essentials

Lee McMunn

theme

‘Answering big questions.’

Length

5 sessions

Format/product

Book (with discussion questions) and videos (DVD and online).

Our reviewers said...

“Massively underrated course. Great content and production.”

“Really clear gospel outline and good initial connection point. Videos are good. Needed a bit of work from us to craft the session beyond the videos and the booklet questions.”

Hope Explored

CEM

theme

‘What’s the best future you could imagine?’

Looking at Christian hope that doesn’t disappoint through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.

Length

3 sessions

Format/product

Short Bible study; talk (film or using outline); discussion.

Our reviewers said...

“The fact it is only 3 sessions is great. The entry point of talking about hope, peace and purpose is a good way in that everyone can relate to.”

“Focusing on just one passage of Luke per session makes it accessible. Great to use as an intro to longer courses after Christmas and Easter.”

Jesus and You (The King and I, Close Encounters, Tales of the Unexpected)

Pete Woodcock, Anne Woodcock and Lizzy Smallwood

theme

‘Reach out to non-booky people’. ‘The story you’ve never heard’.

Sharing the gospel through stories that Jesus told. Aiming to be as jargon-free as possible.

Length

3 courses, each with 4 sessions

Format/product

DVD and handbook.

Our reviewers said...

“We have found this very useful with ordinary people. It has a choice of speaker, either Lizzy or Pete, so can be adapted for men or women. The testimonies at the end of each session are really helpful.”

Life Explored

CEM

theme

‘What’s the best gift God could give you?’

Designed to help people explore and question what they’re really living for.

Length

7 sessions

Format/product

Films (including ‘silent’ intro films), discussion andBible readings.

Our reviewers said...

“Some people love the silent films, and it is a wonderful way to connect with them. Some people won’t ‘get’ the films, so it’s best to first frame them as something to start the conversation and assure them that they don’t have to worry, there are no right or wrong answers about the films!”

Live

Rebecca Manley Pippert

theme

‘Christianity offers newness — new life, new future, new perspectives, new priorities.’
Part of the series ‘Live, Grow, Know’.

Length

5 sessions

Format/product

DVD, handbook and leaders’ guide.

Our reviewers said...

“An excellent second course by Rebecca Pippert for people who are almost ready to commit. It has the added bonus of two follow on courses in the basics of discipleship and doctrine”