Mar 4, 2008

Evangelsim seminar will help students reach out

by Claire Melsi

Hoping to satisfy the thirst of those parched for truth, Liberty students and community members with a passion for evangelism will have an organized opportunity to reach out to the public this weekend.
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The second annual Evangelism Seminar will be hosted by Liberty Evangelism and sponsored by the Lovett Center for Ministry Training, Luke 10:2 Equipping Ministry, Eighth Street Baptist Church and One Community Church. The first two sessions, held in DeMoss 1113, will be on March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and March 8 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The final session is an evangelistic block party held by Eighth Street Baptist Church in downtown Lynchburg from 3 to 6 p.m. on March 8.
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Speakers include Joshua Daniel Solovskoy, founder of the Luke 10:2 Equipping Ministry, Dr. David Wheeler of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Fred Smith of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Brian Smith of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Jesse Morrell of Open Air Outreach and Pastor Keith Anderson, director of student conduct at Liberty and senior pastor of Eighth Street Baptist Church. Presentation topics will include holistic evangelism, servant evangelism, classical and post modern apologetics, open air preaching and personal witnessing.
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A variety of literature on evangelism will also be made available, some for free, to attendees.
“This is not just a Liberty thing, this is a community thing. It is kind of like lecture and lab. There’s going to be the seminar and the presentations and then everyone will be invited to come out to the block party and see how it’s actually done,” Solovskoy said.
Those participating in the time of fellowship will be able to enjoy various games, a barbeque and moon bounce for children.
As a way of advertising the party, there will be a walk-through the Lynchburg community the week before the event during which those involved will hand out flyers and encourage all who are interested to attend. There will also be a second walk-through on March 8.
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Those involved hope to have established a reputation with the community since the last party, which had a turnout of around 800 people, according to Anderson.
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A Facebook group has been established for the seminar and, a week prior to the event, 42 guests have confirmed attendence. Students posted comments encouraging everyone to get involved and to take the opportunity to “logically and spiritually advance.”
“One of my biggest fears is not being ready to answer questions of the unsaved. I want to be fully prepared and take any opportunities to strengthen my responses,” said Kelsey Chase, a freshman who will be attending the seminar for the first time. “Most of all, (I want to take) a chance to put it into practice with the support of others who are also wanting to learn, grow, and most importantly, share his word with as many as possible.” 
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Although the event is free, space is limited and reservations are required. Donations to the Lovett Center for Ministry training are encouraged. For more information, contact the Lovett Center at lcmt@liberty.edu.

Contact Claire Melsi at cvmelsi@liberty.edu.


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