EDOD EVANGELISM COHORT:
Reaching our Communities with the Good News of Jesus
- Want to explore how to share your faith in daily life?
- Want to be better equipped in how to answer your friend’s questions about God and the Christian faith?
- Want to know how to journey with people spiritually?
- Want to explore to reach your community with the good news of Jesus?
- Want to look at the mission of the church and how to equip your congregation to reach others for Jesus?
These are some of the topics we will explore in our evangelism cohort.
Canon Carrie Headington and Fr. Ryan Pollock are leading a one year evangelism cohort that meets once a month for 3 hours through the Stanton School for Ministry (held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral – 5100 Ross avenue) on personal and congregational evangelism. We meet one Saturday a month for 3 hours. The course will begin Saturday, September 15th. Scholarships are available. Contact Carrie Boren Headington at or 903-399-3230.
TOPICS for each Month:
September- Salvation History overview. Defining evangelism and its role in the church.
October– What is the Gospel and how do we share the Gospel Narrative?
November- Personal Evangelism: Sharing Faith in Daily Life (including personal faith stories and the role of prayer and the Holy Spirit in evangelism)
December – Jesus: The Missionary and the Message. How did Jesus engage in evangelism? How can his way be applied to our context?
January – Preaching the Gospel. Giving an evangelistic talk.
February - Conversational Apologetics: Engaging the Questions/Engaging the Questioner
March – Being an Evangelistic Church. How, What, When, Where, Who
April – Equipping ambassadors for daily missional living. How to ignite your church to share their faith with seekers and skeptics. From the workplace, home, neighborhood, to local and global mission.
May- CHURCH Evangelism – knowing our context and developing evangelistic systems for your parish.
Carrie Headington has a passion to see people come to know the abounding unconditional love of God. She speaks throughout the US and around the globe, sharing the abundant life found in Jesus Christ with spiritual seekers and Christians alike. Carrie addresses topics that burn in the human heart and mind, such as: how do we know God exists, who was Jesus really, finding purpose and peace in life, where is God when life hurts, the reliability of the Bible, how can we be agents for justice in an unjust world, and finding joy and strength in everyday life through Jesus. Carrie is the founder of The Good News Initiative which provides resources in evangelism. She works with all Christian denominations and serves as Canon for Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of Diocese of Dallas and Consulting Evangelist for Revivals for The Episcopal Church engaging in evangelistic speaking, apologetics, and equipping congregations to be the hands, feet, and mouthpieces for God in their everyday lives.
Carrie is a graduate of Oxford University with two degrees in Theology, Evangelism and Apologetics. Prior to Oxford, Carrie received a BA from Yale University (major in History and minor in Theatre Studies) and an MA from Harvard University in Education with a focus in Urban Poverty Policy. Carrie worked as an actor for a decade appearing in numerous television, film, and theatre projects, including an ABC sit-com, Fox and CBS Movies of the week, and various films. In 2007-8 Carrie joined the Good News Initiative team with Canon Michael Green, which held evangelism conferences and outreach throughout the U.S. Philo Trust — an organization formed by the well-known British evangelist, J. John — selected Carrie as an associate evangelist. Carrie is active in the Lausanne Movement, Luis Palau’s Next Generation Alliance, and is a frequent blogger writing for Gospel-Life.net (Billy Graham Center), Wheaton Conference BLOG, Emerging Evangelists, The Living Church Covenant Blog, and PROPEL (led by Christine Caine). She also occasionally speaks on Daystar Television. Carrie is an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary teaching evangelism. She recently was part of a missiological project which culminated in a chapter in a book published by InterVarsity Press Academic on the Gospel in a Pluralistic Society and the influence of Lesslie Newbigin on evangelism today. She also contributed to Acts to Action: A New Testament Guide to Evangelism and Missionpublished by Forward Movement. Carrie currently serves on the boards of Langham Partnership USA (The global ministry formed by John Stott), Anglicans for Life, The Greater Dallas Coalition (church working together to eradicate poverty), RECONCILE DALLAS (Movement for racial reconciliation), The Living Church Foundation, UNITE (an ecumenical justice movement in Dallas) and Gateway of Grace (refugees in Dallas ministry). Carrie is married to Greg, founder of the Global Faith Project, a ministry serving inner city Dallas, Cuba, N. Africa, France, and Latin America. Together they share a lifelong commitment to caring for the poor and equipping the church to be good news. www.goodnewsinitiative.organd www.globalfaithproject.org
Father Ryan Pollock was recently ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He completed his MDiv at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin last year and was ordained to the diaconate on June 24, 2017 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He grew up in Austin but has called Dallas home since 2009 where he majored in Biblical Studies at Criswell College, met his wife Jess, and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Jess is from Portland, OR and is a photographer and artist, specializing in landscapes and abstract impressionism, respectively. They look forward to returning to Dallas for many reasons, among them reconnecting with friends and family, proper Tex-Mex, and being able to play tennis year-round. Ryan fancies himself a connoisseur (with only slight irony) of heavy metal, culinary alchemy, and science fiction lit. He is eager to join the work of Christ’s body at the Cathedral, where he will be the Curate for Young Adult and Youth Ministry, and an Associate for Evangelism at the Diocese.