Posted by: jacobgillard | July 19, 2010

Hands-on Evangelism Training

Brad, Melissa, Brianna

Brad, Melissa, and Brianna

In the USA, Lutherans have a great message but can be shy about sharing it.  Believe it or not, the same is true for Lutherans in Uganda.  Thankfully, a small team from CrossPollination Ministries (CPM) is in the midst of a 24-day visit to provide hands-on training and encouragement when it comes to evangelism.

I’ve known the Rev. Brad Aldrich as a good friend since our seminary days.  Brad is founder & director of CPM and his no-nonsense training shows us that good evangelism begins with prayer and continues with something as simple as a spiritual conversation.

Rounding out his team is Mrs. Melissa Duncan and her daughter, Brianna.  Melissa’s husband (and Brianna’s dad), Jeff, was also a classmate at Concordia Seminary.  Brad, Jeff, and I had a lot of fun together back in the day with Students In Mission.

Brad and his team have helped many in the LCMU—especially my TEE men—become the evangelists they aspire to be.  Melissa and Brianna have been able to specialize in training women in evangelism and bible study.  This is crucial because—also like in the USA—women out-number men in terms of active congregational participation.

CPM has a variety of training videos on their website and YouTube channel and I encourage you to check them out.  Brad has shot some really neat footage and I look forward to seeing the new segments he produces.

To me, one of the strengths of CPM is ministry multiplication.  They have a knack for quickly mentoring a local leader to a point where the local leader can take the ball and run with it.  Brad and I are praying about CPM returning next summer with a team of 10 for 10 weeks.  If this piques your interest, please be in touch with Brad and become “CPM certified” over the coming year.


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