Most Christians do not get to see their unbelieving friends come to faith. Many churches and denominations are in stark decline and our credibility as believers is at an all time low. The result is that those we care for the most stay arms length away from anything that smacks of conservative, evangelical institutionalism or what they would call “the church.”
Fortunately Hugh Halter has always modeled evangelism as not trying to coerce people of something they’ve never heard about, but instead as the process of changing the assumptions about what they think it’s all about. The other hopeful element is that people still think highly of Jesus.
With these two opportunities, Hugh is offering a coaching cohort on pure, simple evangelism where Jesus’s life and teaching draw and woo people toward the life, and the God of the life, they are searching for.
In this Coaching Cohort Hugh will address:
Hugh Halter has written 8 books on the church, all of which emphasize the importance of this kind of evangelistic lifestyle. He is now leading a marketplace mission in the St Louis area and will mentor you out of his right-now way of life.
“Hugh is a rare evangelist of the first order.” – Alan Hirsch
SESSION 1: Do the WORK!
Out of all the gifts and functions of new testament ministry, Paul calls evangelism a ‘work.’ In this session we are going to talk about the unique commitments you must make to see your friends find Jesus.
SESSION 2: Evangelism inside kingdom ecosystem.
Good newsing isn’t an isolated event that happens in a vacuum. It is a natural result of someone tasting, touching, smelling, and seeing God inside a kingdom ecosystem. In this session we’ll talk about how to create and foster an environment where good news is a tactile experience.
SESSION 3: The New Ninevites.
Why they don’t believe and how to change assumptions. In this session we are going to discuss the need for empathy and respect in working with people. More than ever we must realize that the public face of christianity is our greatest enemy and evangelism is more about changing assumptions than telling someone something they have never heard.
SESSION 4: Evangelism as Community Witness.
One good Christian no longer holds the power to change a heart. Witness is a function of a community of friends helping other friends find faith. In this session we’ll expose the nuances how APEST gifting work together for the WORK of evangelism.
SESSION 5: Speaking of King and Kingdom.
At some point you must (and you get to) talk about Jesus. In this session we’ll show how easy, and natural it can be to talk about what they want to talk about and how king and kingdom hit the mark.
SESSION 6: A life that sets it all up.
The reason people will want to hear from you is because they have seen something about your life they respect. Thus evangelism is about you and your life. In this session we’ll talk about how to foster a new story that woes people toward Jesus.
* Since this is a live coaching course with a very limited number of participants, there are no refunds after the cohort begins.
Hugh & Cheryl began starting things from scratch in Portland, Oregon. Hugh started a painting company, then a Youth For Christ ministry in metro Portland, then a church, and eventually a national leadership training network called Missio. Missio’s growth propelled them to Denver where Hugh pioneered another church, an online training platform for missionary leaders called MCAP, a publishing company, and a successful series of eight books. Cheryl also began a hockey program for children with disabilities.
The uniqueness of Hugh & Cheryl’s life and story moved Hugh into a leadership consulting focus for business and church leaders as well as volunteering as the national director for Forge America, a training network across 20 cities. In 2016 Hugh & Cheryl, their two daughters and son-in-laws, all moved to Alton, IL, to be closer to their adult son Ryan, who was in an assisted living center.
This was the first time they moved without knowing what they would do, but Cheryl thought they could do something to help a small struggling town become a little better. Within a year, Hugh was given a 12,000 square foot federal post office, and with the help of his family turned it into “Post Commons” which the locals call the “living room for Alton.”
Under Hugh’s non-profit “Lantern Network” Hugh facilitates a coffee house, brunch kitchen, events center, whiskey society, and co-working space to birth and nurture small ventures that make a collectively large ripple.