Forged in the Fire - Phase II

Reforging Your Passion for Evangelism

In spring 2009, the Conference Evangelism Committee hosted three Forged in the Fire events. This event is a follow-up to that initial event. While Phase II can serve as a starting point for any IGRC church in becoming passionate about evangelism, the heart of this event is designed to encourage and support those churches that have already made the decision to begin that process.

The event is open to all persons. Spring 2009 participants are invited to be a part of this one-day experience and are encouraged to bring others from their churches that may not have been at the March event. Pastors, Admin Bd/Council chairs, lay leaders, PPRC chairs, Outreach chairs, local church staff, key local church lay leadership and lay speakers will benefit from attending this event.


Bishop Gregory V. PalmerBishop Gregory V. Palmer, Resident Bishop
Illinois Area, The United Methodist Church

Closing worship preacher and celebrant of Service of Word and Sacrament






Dr. Elaine RobinsonDr. Elaine Robinson
Academic Dean and Associate Professor of United Methodist Studies and Theology
St. Paul's School of Theology at Oklahoma City University

Opening worship speaker and Track 2 Workshop Leader, Cracking the Case: Using our Wesleyan DNA


Dr. Paul NixonDr. Paul Nixon
Author, Consultant to General Board of Discipleship,

Coach who works with pastors and church planters across the United States

Morning General Session speaker and Track 3 Workshop Leader, Worship Evangelism in the 21st Century


Dr. Roger RossDr. Roger Ross
Pastor, Springfield First UMC

Track 4 Workshop Leader, Evangelism through Small Group Ministry



Rev. Flo ScottRev. Flo Scott
Associate Pastor, Normal First UMC
Track 1 Workshop Leader, Invitation 101: Offer Them Christ!



Ken RunkleKen Runkle
Lay Member, Springfield Kumler UMC
Track 1 Workshop Leader, Relational Evangelism: Becoming a Contagious Christian




In addition to the general sessions, each participant will be able to select two workshops. Although organized into tracks, persons can choose from among the four workshops for the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. time slots. Workshops led by Drs. Robinson, Nixon and Ross will be offered during both time slots; the Track 1 workshops will only be offered at specific times.



7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Paul Nixon -- Ticket required (can be ordered above) 
8 to 8:45 a.m. Registration and Fellowship
8:45 to 9 a.m. Call to Celebration
 9 to 10:15 a.m. Opening Worship and General Session 1, Transformational Evangelism: The Case of the Strangely Warmed Heart, Dr. Elaine Robinson speaking 
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Morning Break
10:45 a.m. to noon General Session 2, I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church!, Dr. Paul Nixon speaking
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch
1 to 1:50 p.m. Breakout Session 1 -- choose from among 4 workshops
2 to 2:50 p.m. Breakout Session 2 -- choose from among 4 workshops
3 to 3:30 p.m. General Session 3 -- Panel Discussion
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Closing Worship and Service of Word and Sacrament, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer preaching and chief celebrant


Godbearing: Evangelism ReconceivedTransforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing FaithParticipants are urged to read Elaine Robinson's book Godbearing and the book, Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, along with Wesley's sermons, The Almost Christian and On Living Without God prior to the event. Books may be purchased online through Cokesbury.



I Refuse to Lead a Dying ChurchParticipants are urged to read Paul Nixon's book, I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church! prior to the event. Books may be purchased online through Cokesbury. 








Becoming a Contagious ChristianParticipants in Ken Runkle's workshop, may also wish to read, Becoming a Contagious Christian as well. Books may be purchased online through Cokesbury. 








Name Sales End Price
Registration Fee   Ended $20
Breakfast with Paul Nixon 7:30 a.m.   Ended $5
Late Registration   Ended $20

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