“Congregational Evangelism”

Our 2021 Annual Meeting will be on June 17-18, 2021. If you had registered for the 2020 Annual Conference and did not request a refund, then your registration will automatically roll over to the 2021 meeting.

Guest Speaker: Rev. Mark Nelson

While the stereotypical picture of evangelism involves a lone individual trying to share her or his faith with others, evangelism is most effectively practiced by a community of faith. Recent research shows that those who make a first-time commitment to Christ or a recommitment to the Christian faith do so because a group of Christians welcomed them. This means that Christians should be thinking about and practicing evangelism as a congregation.

Mark Nelson, pastor, author, and a thought leader in new forms of church, will lead us in thinking about what it means to be evangelistic as a congregation in the changing cultural milieu that churches face today, especially in parts of the world that have been shaped by the Enlightenment and its aftermath. It requires more than simply laying out new strategies and tactics. It requires reframing how we think about the church, the gospel, and the way that Christians interact with the world around us.

MARK NELSON is the lead pastor of a faith community called Crossings in the city center of Knoxville, TN.  He has been in vocational ministry for over 30 years including youth ministry, campus ministry, and church planting.  He co-leads the Forge Knoxville Hub, serves on the Forge America board as well as the Forge Global Leadership Team.  His book Reframation (co-authored with Alan Hirsch) was released in 2019.  He has been married for 32 years to Monica and together they have three grown children.

Conference Time and Place

June 17-18, 2021 at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (just prior to the American Society of Missiology meeting in the same location.) We use the ASM registration portal. Simply register for AETE only if you do not want to stay for the ASM meeting. You can register for all your meals and lodging through the ASM portal.

Tentative Schedule for Conference

  • Thursday 18 June

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.     Executive Team Meeting

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.     Dinner

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.     Welcome and Introductions

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.     Plenary Session with Mark Nelson

9:00 p.m.                Closing Devotions

  • Friday 19 June

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.     Plenary Devotions

9:30 – 12 noon      Breakout Sessions (Multiple tracks available)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.     Plenary Session with Mark Nelson

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.     Business Meeting

3:30                         Adjournment