Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Baylor University Press
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When reflecting upon existing resources with colleagues teaching evangelism in United Methodist theological seminaries, we quickly realized the substantial need in a number of areas—for example,women’s contributions. In light of the recognized need, this project has developed from the encouragement and counsel of many friends...
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Early Christian tradition focuses attention primarily on the roles of Peter and Paul in the spread of the gospel and birth of the Christian church.2 However, in the resurrection accounts of the synoptic gospels, women were not only present but they were entrusted with this crucial task.3 In spite of the participation of women in the initial proclamation of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, a precise connection between the women at the tomb and the growth of Christianity remains...
1: Dorothy Ripley
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Dorothy Ripley (1767–1831) devoted her adult life to spreading the Christian gospel. Her efforts included a constellation of practices from the more familiar publication and itinerant preaching to social and—more remarkable—political action. As a result of what she described as a divine commission (Ripley did not hold membership...
2: Sarah and Angelina Grimk
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Sarah Moore Grimké (1792–1873) and her younger sister Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (1805–1879) are well known for their pioneering work for abolition and woman’s rights. Offering a complex and textured understanding of sin, they also make an important contribution to evangelistic theology and practice. Their efforts extended...
3: Julia A. J. Foote
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Julia A. J. Foote’s (1823–1901) evangelistic ministry assumed that with Christian faith persons could experience a real change.2 As a result of her receipt of entire sanctification and such a real change, Foote answered a call to evangelistic ministry that included her advocacy of women’s ecclesiastic rights and racial reconciliation. Foote, the...
4: Frances E. Willard
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Frances E. Willard’s (1839–1898) ministry vocation led her to facilitate women’s evangelistic ministry within the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (NWCTU), encouraging aspects of a woman’s church.2 One of the most influential women of her time and one of the few women honored in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall,3 Willard was a committed member of the...
5: Helen Barrett Montgomery
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Helen Barrett Montgomery’s (1861–1934) vocational pilgrimage enabled her to craft a Trinitarian biblical theology of evangelism. An influential leader in the women’s ecumenical missionary movement, Montgomery traveled widely and wrote copiously, including one of the earliest New Testament translations by a female scholar...
6: Mary McLeod Bethune
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Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955) achieved an astonishing amount in her lifetime. She was the first African-American woman to establish a four-year institution of higher learning,2 to found a national organization to lobby the federal government,3 and the first African American to hold such a high-level government appointment as...
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Evangelism, largely construed as preaching throughout Christian tradition, has generally excluded women from its study and practice. The evangelistic ministries of these women contribute important insights to contemporary understandings and practices of evangelism, expanding traditional notions often still captive to connotations of merely verbal proclamation.2 Although the evangelistic...
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Publication Year: 2007