Do you have friends and family members you long to see come to Christ, but they simply aren’t interested or are even adversarial to Christianity?
Coming up on Equipped, guest-host Ed Stetzer will talk with 2 veterans of evangelism who say that many people who seem closed to the Gospel are surprisingly open, if we just find the right approach!
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Michelle Sanchez is the executive minister of Make and Deepen Disciples at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago. Her dream is to mobilize a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and studied at Boston College. Michelle studied international business at NYU and worked previously as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. She is a regular columnist with Outreach Magazine and is currently working on her first book Antiracist Discipleship.
Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and also directs the Church Evangelism and Research Institutes for the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Rick founded the Church Evangelism Institute and has worked with hundreds of senior pastors and their leaders in revitalizing churches through conversion growth. He worked in campus ministry for 25 years and regularly speaks and ministers as an evangelist on campuses in many different parts of the country.
His books include Reimagining Evangelism, Evangelism Outside the Box, and his most recent title: You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith.
Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, serves as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He is a prolific author and conference speaker and has planted, revitalized and pastored churches & trained pastors on six continents. Ed holds two masters degrees and two doctorates and is a contributing editor for Christianity Today. He is the host of the weekly program, Ed Stetzer Live on Moody Radio and is a contributing editor for Christianity Today.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.
Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages listeners to live to grow spiritually, think Biblically, and live compassionately in a world that desperately needs our Savior. Chris examines all of life through the lens of a Biblical Worldview, equipping believers to live, share and defend their faith in today's rapidly changing culture.