In my estimation, Roger Walter’s book on the strategy for effective of public evangelism is without peer in the Adventist Church. Roger has ministered in some of the most un-churched portions of the United States and has repeatedly seen great results from public evangelism in churches where he has pastored. Dr. Walter views public evangelism from a system’s perspective. He addresses the engagement of the members and the climate of the congregation in terms of receptivity to new believers. He has done meticulous research and has pertinent statistics to back up his claims. Approaching the subject from the perspective of a church planter, as well as a traditional pastor, Roger views the work of evangelism from the perspective of a shepherd. And by proclaiming the Adventist message from a grace-oriented perspective, he creates safety and authenticity.
(Emeritus Professor of Church Growth) “Public Evangelism simply does not work anymore!” So say those who never do public evangelism. Talk to any pastor or evangelist that still conducts meetings and they will tell you it works for them. Should we listen to those who never conduct meetings or to those who still do? Roger Walter is a pastor who still believes in public evangelism. He uses it each year in his church, either by conducting a meeting himself or bringing in a public evangelist. His church is one of the fastest growing churches in the Oregon Conference that is growing by convert growth rather than “transfer” growth. Not only does he still conduct meetings, but he has kept records that reveal what happened in each meeting. He also has kept record of retention and reveals a remarkable retention record. Evangelism Intelligence will tell you all this plus much more. In it he reveals how he has made public evangelism a reaping event, not just an event and how it dovetails into a year round process of evangelism. This is must reading for every pastor, evangelist and administrator. Adventists in North America in recent years have seen a decrease in baptisms. The only year in the recent past that saw a spike in public evangelism was 2009, when every church was encouraged to hold a public meeting. It is time to reignite our growth by reinstating public evangelism as a major part of our evangelistic process. If you sow but do not reap, you will have no harvest. This book is a major step in helping restore the reaping event as a indispensable part of the evangelistic process.
Did you know that the Seventh-day Adventist Church was noted as the fastest growing denomination in 2011? “So why isn’t my church growing”, you ask.
There are many reasons, and in the book Evangelism Intelligence, Roger Walter takes a fascinating look at actual happenings in Adventist churches. With a lively writing style Walter debunks popular myths and shows from experience how to actually create a culture of evangelism in YOUR local church.
With Walter’s over 30 years of pastoring and public evangelism, this book provides an excellent outline for planning, organizing and executing a successful evangelistic program. This book is very easy to understand and provides guidelines on how to successfully share the good news of Jesus and His saving love and grace.
I have talked to pastors and evangelists for over 30 years and this book confirms what I have personally heard from VERY SUCCESFUL church leaders. If you want your church to grow, you definitely need to read and follow the proven methods of success in this book.
I have loved these past 10 months, I feel closer to God and preaching for him is a different type of feeling I never thought I would experience. The training has been amazing, Thank you for trusting us kids to do the seminars.
It brought me closer to God and my peers and gave me a sense of investment in the church. It wasn’t always easy but it was worth it
The last 10 months have consisted of many things that I never would have done before, but thanks to the group of people involved and the great leadership, I’ve been able to branch out and experience both personal and spiritual growth. The last 10 months have consisted of many things that I never would have done before, but thanks to the group of people involved and the great leadership, I’ve been able to branch out and experience both personal and spiritual growth.
I am very grateful that someone is helping a new generation become actively engaged in proclaiming the message. Sometimes we want to share but we are not sure how. Thank you very much.