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“ASK ANYTHING”: DEVELOPING A RELATIONAL PLATFORM TO MOBILISE CHRISTIANS TO SHARE THEIR FAITH THROUGH EXPLORING QUESTIONS

Stephenson, Dale and Cronshaw, Darren J. (2014) “ASK ANYTHING”: DEVELOPING A RELATIONAL PLATFORM TO MOBILISE CHRISTIANS TO SHARE THEIR FAITH THROUGH EXPLORING QUESTIONS. Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education , 28. pp. 53-80. ISSN 0894-9034

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Abstract

“Ask Anything” was designed by Dale Stephenson and trialled at Crossway Baptist Church as a relational platform to mobilise Australian Christians to share their faith through exploring questions. There is a pressing need for locally produced resources to help Christians overcome a crisis of confidence or blind spot about evangelism. This 5-session DVD-based course is follows a question-based format with content that is intentionally pre-Alpha. It is relational and designed to be accessible and transferable in format so that it can be put in the hands of the people of God and go viral in spreading the gospel. The short DVDs and lots of time for further questions ensure sessions are interactive and dialogical. The content is simple but not simplistic, and assumes people are on a journey of a process of exploring faith. “Ask Anything” is a resource that helps Christians authentically accompany their pre-Christian friends on that journey and encourage them towards faith. The course was successfully trialled at Crossway with 1500 people in small groups. It has also spread as a resource to a website and radio spots, but its facilitating of question-driven faith-sharing in small groups remains its most strategic use.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Evangelism, apologetics, seeker course, witness, small groups, church in Australian society
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 23:28
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 15:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1452

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