Evangelism leaders seek to 'Train the Trainer'

By Myriah Snyder

Published: June 12, 2018

Hardin and Madisonville—During the months of May, June and July, the Kentucky Baptist Convention's evangelism team will be making 24 stops throughout the commonwealth to "Train the Trainer," a seminar to equip leaders to train others in personal evangelism.

During the seminar, attenders will be introduced to ReachKy.today, a website designed to help believers share their testimonies as a tool for evangelism.

Each attender receives a training packet that includes a trainer's guide, three trainee guides, and a flash drive with PowerPoints, videos, and other resources to equip them to teach the how-tos of personal evangelism.

Todd Gray addresses attendees at Train the Trainer in Madisonville.

The team started in Hardin and Madisonville on May 22 and will have held trainings in Hopkinsville, Paducah, Owensboro, Hardinsburg, Bowling Green, Morgantown, Shepherdsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Shelbyville, Pikeville, Hazard, Mt. Vernon, Ashland, Campton, Crittenden, Erlanger, Lexington, Berea, Monticello, and Pineville, before ending their tour in Nancy.

Referencing Eph. 4:11-12, Todd Gray, evangelism and church planting team leader for the KBC, told attenders in Madisonville, "That text tells all of us that the saints need to be equipped for the ministry God has assigned to us."

He shared various ways this training and ReachKy.today can be used in church settings, including a sermon series, Sunday School class, or small group. The material is structured to be taught in four 60- to 90-minute sessions.

Unlike the Tell Your Story initiative or the 3 Circles training, this material is uniquely aimed at the 90 percent of "folks in church who no not often, or ever, share the gospel," Gray said.

The training is divided into three sections and taught by Gray and KBC church evangelism strategist Andy McDonald. The first part is a run-through of what trainers will teach in the first section of the material; the second includes a quick overview of the material in sections two through four; and finally, trainers are given some evangelism tips.

Attendees at Train the Trainer in Hardin stop to pray for the lost people in one another's paths.

Attenders take the time during each training to pray for specific lost people and to tell part of their salvation story to others in attendance, much like they will do if they take the training back to their churches.

"Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be one of the most exciting adventures any Christian will ever engage in," Andy McDonald said during one of the training videos. "The job of every Christian is to share what we know about Jesus with others who need to know Him."

For more information on the material or training, visit www.kybaptist.org/stories/train-the-trainer,3181 or email or call evangelism@kybaptist.org or (502) 489-3576. (WR)