The House to House/Heart to Heart School of Evangelism is a congregational and individual training institute. Although most of the work focuses on churches, dozens of members are enrolled who are going through the basic and advanced level courses. Any Christian is eligible for the training, and those who graduate have an excellent track record in soul winning. Two are graduating from the basic level and one (the first) from the advanced level.
Please join in congratulating Andrew Rodgers from the Skyway Hills church of Christ, in Pearl, Mississippi, and Daniel Welker, a student at the Memphis School of Preaching, who are receiving a diploma from HTHSOE. They have completed their basic level course work, which includes the following:
- Reading the Personal Evangelism Workbook and Fishing for Men.
- Completing the five basic lessons on evangelism (DVD, seminar, or PTP365)
- Completing training lessons on Back to the Bible (DVD, seminar, or PTP365).
- Practicing hospitality, conducting a Bible study, and writing a report on the experience.
Additionally, HTHSOE congratulates Dustin Dougherty from the Beloit church of Christ, in Beloit, Kansas. He has done a remarkable job and is ready to begin helping other congregations learn the HTHSOE model. He has demonstrated proficiency with helping 16 souls come to Christ. This advanced course requires the following to complete:
- Complete Advanced Personal Evangelism lessons (DVD, Seminar, or PTP365).
- Read “How to Close the Study.”
- Work through five methods of evangelism (such as Believe the Bible, Does It Matter, Searching for Truth, Jule Miller Visualized Bible Study Series, Open Bible Study, Evangelism Made Simple, etc. . . .).
- Write a short paragraph on the strengths and weaknesses of each method, and how each can be used.
- Train a soul winner.
Dustin recently sent the following message:
“My wife was the first conversion in March of 2020. She had pre-knowledge of Back to the Bible. Your videos coupled with the booklets were the evangelism tool we had been missing. It has really been a game-changer. Keith Lyon and I are each doing at least one or two studies per week, and more if possible. Some of the other members are doing studies of their own as well. It has been awesome and inspiring to go from slow to on fire. I saw a post on the Muscle and a Shovel Facebook page once that really stuck in my mind. It said you cannot pray to move a mountain and not expect to wake up next to a shovel. We have been praying and using those “shovels,” working for church growth and spreading the gospel message.
“One of the elderly ladies (I think she is probably in her late 80s) told me a couple of weeks ago, she was so happy to see all the new people and wants to see all the chairs filled again before she departs this earth. I told her we are working on it. I am so happy and feel so privileged to be a part of such important and great work.”
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Coldwater church of Christ, Kentucky: Luke Puckett (preacher) reports, “We continue to work on our tornado relief effects. We have given support to several Christian families that lost everything. We also are continuing to go door to door and make personal contacts with those affected by the storms. We have also gone to some hotels and state parks where those who are displaced to make contact and help with their needs. A lot of our focus over the past three weeks has been on the tornado relief. We have started one Bible study and believe we will have more starting this week. We also are working on our non-tornado related contacts, too. We are sending cards to a member’s sister-in-law whose mother passed away. We feel this is a great prospect. Overall, with all that is going on in our area, we feel things are going great. We pray that God gets all the glory and doors will be opened for us to start personal Bible studies.”
East Main church of Christ, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Brad Rowley (elder) reports, “The elders of East Main held our evangelism training session on Sunday (1/9). The session was informative and helped folks understand details of their area and see how the program as a whole contributes to saving souls. We have 123 members at East Main participating in evangelism program. We completed a room for writing compassion cards in the basement of our building. We will send out our first cards this coming Sunday. There are two Bible studies in process with one new study that resulted from a benevolence request. One of our elders oversees a very important part of our keepers’ program—discipleship. A volunteer is assigned to each new convert. The purpose is to be a mentor, teach them to study, pray, teach others, build relationships, and serve at East Main. Please continue to pray for the success of our evangelism program.”
Warner’s Chapel church of Christ, North Carolina: Todd Hinson (elder) reports, “We have so many new movers relocating to this area that we are now on our third order of supplies for baskets. This week we have two teams delivering 26 baskets to just two new neighborhoods with 14 and 12 baskets. Practically every house is a new mover on two streets. That is how much growth our area is having. Now we pray that this new mover growth and our outreach will result in interest and future opportunities for Bible studies.”
Crossville church of Christ, Tennessee: Alan Judd reports, “We continue to implement various aspects of HTHSOE. We kicked off our card ministry this past Sunday. The congregation is divided into four groups. Each group will be responsible for writing cards one week of the month. Greeters have been trained and await an opportunity to interact with those that visit our congregation. The attached pictures show Avery, who was baptized by her grandfather, Dan. Dan took her through BTTB. A couple of other studies are ongoing, and we anticipate good news from these soon. Other contacts are being worked in hopes of turning them into prospects for a Bible study. Sermons continue to examine how we should learn from Jesus in teaching others, and the Wednesday night class is considering how we follow the Savior in evangelism.”
Warner Robins church of Christ, Georgia: Daniel Stearsman (preacher) reports, “The contacts cards are making a difference. People love being cared for and thought of. The elders are seriously thinking souls. They met three times yesterday, once with the team facilitators to iron out kinks and further the process. We continue to pray for prospects and ongoing Bible studies.”
Riverbend church of Christ, Georgia: Austin Fowler (member) reports, “This is going to be a busy week with Bible Studies at Riverbend. On Wednesday, I will begin a study with Mary Basler. Her son was baptized a little over a month ago, and she began coming. She is excited to begin the study and said she cannot wait to learn more about the Bible. On Thursday, if my cousin does not get called into work, I am going to have him and his girlfriend, Ansley Burgess, over for dinner and begin study one with her. One of our elders, Jason Duggin, is close to beginning a study with a friend he has been prospecting for a little while.”
Lafollette church of Christ, Tennessee: Ben Shaffer (preacher) reports, “We have some irons in the fire right now. One of our elders is continuing to study with a couple that I did marriage counseling with. The young man, Justin, is Baptist. They are on Book 3 of Back to the Bible. We are hopeful that he will be immersed into Christ in the next few days. Please keep Justin in your prayers. We have some contacts from our compassion cards that I plan on following up with this week. We are also continuing to distribute new movers’ baskets. We are also starting a new class on Wednesday evenings that will target contemporary concerns for young families. We hope to bring in visitors who are concerned for their children and homes. Our ultimate goal is to gain contacts for personal Bible studies.”
Rock Valley church of Christ, Tompkinsville, Kentucky: Jason Thompson (member) reports, “We had a baptism earlier this year. The young man is Kyle Irvin. We took him through the Back to the Bible material. We also made another contact. His name is Tanner Staples. He is a senior at Monroe Co. High in Tompkinsville. He and his family have been attending the Rock Valley congregation for the last few months. I contacted young Tanner yesterday and asked if he would be interested in a home Bible study with me. The answer was ‘Yes, I would love that.’ So thankful for tender hearts who seek to learn more about God and who He would have them to be. Thanks be to God for opportunities.”
University church of Christ, Montgomery, Alabama: Faires Austin reports, “Last Wednesday night the Wednesday night ladies’ Bible class and one of our Study Groups, met to sign and write messages in cards to send to our recent visitors. This will continue every Wednesday night, involving different Study Groups each week. Before we began to write the cards, four men led a prayer on behalf of the visitors. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm in the group. Several personal contacts will be made to visit with these visitors in the near future.”
Oxford church of Christ, Alabama: Mike Benson (preacher) reports, “Glenn Fulmer (and his wife, Kim), the deacon in charge of our compassion card ministry, has been teaching his son and daughter-in-law in recent weeks. Nathan and Blaire Fulmer were baptized last Monday evening at the Oxford church building.”
Caddo Mills church of Christ, Texas: Jason Sparks (preacher) reports, “The Caddo Mills church of Christ is making progress! We are still plugging along, and people are appreciating the work we are doing. Our influence in the community is growing, and Christians are growing accustomed to providing names for the compassion cards.”
Corinth church of Christ, Portland, Tennessee: James Parker reports, “Our study this last week was to have been on Thursday but was rescheduled this Tuesday. We had one new visitor today, and brother Hall got his name and info so that we could make a visit. A couple who has attended a few times was there this morning. She is due in three weeks! They are Christians but not faithful. So, we are cultivating the ground on this couple!”
Wewoka church of Christ, Oklahoma: Gage Coldwater (preacher) reports, “We had four visitors today who came from a denomination that is closed due to covid. We got their information, and they took a Does It Matter DVD. I will be following up with each of them this week. Please be praying for our congregation. Covid has hit us hard.”
Peninsula church of Christ, Hampton, Virginia: Ben Phillips reports, “Unfortunately, COVID is now impacting several families, including my own. As a result, we have had to temporarily slow down some works, but we are determined to not let this virus stop the work. Lord willing, we will be back at full speed soon.”
Siwell Road church of Christ, Mississippi: Derek Broome (associate preacher) reports, “It has been a good week here at Siwell. We have immediately tried to get our newest new converts plugged into the congregation. The new converts class is growing, and we have several good prospects for additional studies. Our congregational contact list is growing from our members turning in names of their friends and family members that are hurting, sick, or in need in some way. It is amazing seeing the love of Christ reaching out to those in need.”
Jacksonville church of Christ, Alabama: We had our second Bible study with Margie last week. She brought baby Sky to our home, so Hannah baby-sat so we could focus on the study. Margie did extremely well, and we are looking forward to our final study soon. Margie was brought to us by another new convert and there are many more contacts coming!
Willow Avenue church of Christ, Cookeville, Tennessee: Jonathan Medley (deacon) reports, “We had a great opportunity this week to help a family and open the door to a Bible study. A group from the congregation went to a young couple’s house to help them finish some work on a home they are building. They were very appreciative. They said they had not been to church in a while and were wanting to find a church home. We are working on getting a Bible study set up with them. Their names are Sean and Mackenzie. Don has also been conducting several Bible studies via zoom. A gentleman one of our elders has been studying with has hit a roadblock that he cannot seem to get past. He knows the truth but is having a hard time now admitting that what his family taught him was wrong. We are working to help him get past this. Please pray he will have the courage to do that. We have some great things planned for 2022 that we hope will enhance our evangelism efforts even more.”
Oak Hill church of Christ, Covington, Georgia: Tate Sutton (preacher) reports, “We got a theme for this year which is helping us keep our mind on evangelism—Isaiah 6:8: “Here I am Lord; send me.” Also, we are going to be getting our material to be making new mover baskets.”
Cowetta church of Christ, Oklahoma: Keno Shrum (elder/preacher) reports, “We are scheduled to finish the BTTB lessons with a couple Thursday evening. I feel it is being received well and that she will likely desire to be baptized and that he will be restored. We pray that 2022 will see more baptisms than even the outstanding numbers seen in 2021.”