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The Need of the Hour: to Make Disciples

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In 1999, Phil Neighbors—co-pastor of the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield—invited me to speak at a youth weekend. That weekend helped cause a shift in ministry focus for me over the next 18 years. It led me to a strategic part of ministry as a teacher, writer and pastor, one I will continue to emphasize: the Next Gen. During these years I’ve spoken on scores of college campuses and at countless DNows, youth rallies and camps. I’ve loved this season. I once did an event in a church where I’ve done some Next Gen events. But this weekend took me back to my roots. I trained believers to share Jesus Without Freaking Out. Yes, we are talking about evangelism, but I actually see training believers in this area as the heart of my calling: to make disciples.

The Need of the Hour: to Make Disciples

When I was in seminary I saw a bifurcation between evangelism and discipleship that seemed unhealthy. We did it denominationally, compartmentalizing by agency, and we did it personally. Some were of the” evangelism party” and others were of the “discipleship faction.”

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Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two children: Joshua, a senior at The College at Southeastern, and Hannah, a senior at Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Recently he became more focused at ministry in his local church by being named Young Professionals Director at Richland Creek Community Church. Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D with a major in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, and the B.A. from Samford University. He has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and continent, and in over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States.