For more than three decades, World Methodist Evangelism has been training indigenous front-line evangelism leaders who multiply the witnesses by training and encouraging others in Christian faith and discipleship. This is the primary focus of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, a ministry of World Methodist Evangelism, World Methodist Council and Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Dr. H. Eddie Fox is the Executive Director of the Institute and Dr. Winston O.R. Worrell is the Director of the Institute. Since its inauguration in 1982, more than 7,500 persons have been trained in Regional and International Seminars in Evangelism led by the Institute. In the past five years, seminars have been held in Peru, Jerusalem, Jamaica, Indonesia, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, India, New Zealand, Bahamas, Paraguay, Atlanta, Korea and France. Delegates from more than 75 countries participated in these seminars, “Developing Missionary Congregations—That the World May Know Jesus Christ.” During the past eight years, the Institute has led in a series of Summits of evangelism leaders on each continent.
The 25th anniversary of the Institute was celebrated at the International Seminar in Atlanta in 2007. The Honorable James Laney, former United States Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea and the President of Emory University when the institute began, expressed his thanksgiving and affirmation for the unique ministry of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute.
The 30th anniversary of the Institute was the Holy Land Seminar in Jerusalem, January, 2012. More than 200 delegates attended from many countries around the world. Highlights of the conference included a day long visit with worship and fellowship with Christians in Bethlehem. One of the high moments during the seminar was the visit and message by Archbishop of Galilee, Elias Chacour.
One young delegate in his 20s from one of the newest Methodist churches in the world came to the seminar in Jerusalem. “It was my first time being in a Methodist atmosphere. People came with one thought to give God praise. It was like I was in heaven. I was happy to see the passion of the speakers and organizers. I came back home encouraged and also having new friends and family. I felt like I am now in the right place and being what God is calling me to be.”
Dr. Worrell said, “Through the World Methodist Evangelism Institute we take up the challenge of training leaders in evangelism around the world.”
The World Methodist Evangelism Institute is unique in world Christianity because no other world communion has an educational institution connected to a major university that is solely committed to the vision and task of world evangelization. The Institute's purpose is:
Clergy, lay leaders, theological students and key national leaders regularly participate together in these dynamic seminars around the world. Through the empowerment of trained leaders around the world, the Institute is developing faithful witnesses of the good news of Christ Jesus.
If you are interested in participating in one of the Seminars or knowing more about the World Methodist Evangelism Institute go to the Institute's website at http://www.wmei.ws