LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – An opportunity to grow in personal evangelism with lessons and instruction from an author and experienced missionaries to Asia will be offered in a three-day conference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary beginning Thursday.
Mike Shipman, a Southern Baptist missionary in Asia and author, will be the main speaker. He has successfully used a bold and biblical approach to reaching the millions of Muslims in Asia. In Shipman’s book, Any 3: Anyone Anywhere, Any Time, he describes a biblical five-step process that has seen thousands of Muslims say “Yes” to Jesus and enter into new communities of faith discipleship.
Sponsoring professor J. Keith McKinley, an associate professor of Christian Missions at SBTS, was born and raised in Asia as the son of International Mission Board missionaries to Bangladesh. McKinley served for 20 years with the IMB in Southeast Asia. He is close friends with Shipman and invited him to speak at the conference, calling him “one of the most influential gospel witnesses and evangelism teachers among those reaching Muslims.”
McKinley said Shipman has a “passion for the Lord and compassion for the lost that is simply contagious and I’m happily infected. My desire is that we gather as the Lord’s people, be caught up in praise of Him, lay aside all hindrances, and are compelled by the Spirit to witness. Mike is a good example and able teacher.”
Dr. Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has read Shipman’s book. He’s looking forward to personally hearing from the author and expanding his evangelistic toolset.
“I appreciate Mike’s point in his book about friendship evangelism. He makes the case that one would be hard pressed to find anyone in the Bible waiting to share the gospel until they had built a friendship,” Gray said. “He also reminds the reader that a person can be saved hearing the gospel for the first time.”
Gray said the training would be helpful for any follower of Jesus who wants to grow and be more effective in personal evangelism.
“People who are trained in personal evangelism witness more often, and often more effectively, than those who are not being trained,” he said. “Even those who have been trained need an occasional refresher and learning from Mike will be a great refresher.”
McKinley said Shipman would challenge common barriers and misconceptions about gospel witnessing, including that you must be a good friend to someone and earn the right to be heard before sharing the gospel. “Participants will hear a call to witness out of abiding in Christ,” he said. “Furthermore, we will walk through and practice telling the gospel story in a compelling way that has led many Muslims to faith in Jesus.”
Shipman will “help us deal with some of our fears and concerns about witness to Muslims, demonstrate a prayerful, straightforward gospel witness,” McKinley said. They will also have a session on what to do with a new believer, “a topic I think all will find very helpful.”
The conference begins Thursday night with a two-hour session beginning at 5:30 in the Heritage Hall.
Admission is free. Click HERE to register.
Impacting the World of Islam: An Evening of Fellowship and Prayer with Mike Shipman and Dr. McKinley
Thursday | 5:30pm–7:30pm | Heritage Hall | Dinner Provided
Ladies’ Tea Time with Gail McKinley (Women Only)
Friday | 8:30am–9:30am | Heritage Hall | Breakfast Provided
Engaging Muslims: Training on Evangelism with Mike Shipman and Dr. McKinley
Friday | 10am–5:30pm | Heritage Hall | Lunch and Dinner Provided
Engaging Muslims: Witness Opportunity
Friday | 5pm | Beginning in Heritage Hall | Dinner Provided
Engaging Muslims: Witness Debrief, What to Do with a New Believer, & Q/A with Mike Shipman and Dr. McKinley
Saturday | 9 am–11:30am | Heritage Hall | Breakfast Provided