With support from the South District, Holy Cross UMC in Reading (329 N 5th St.) and the Reading Mission Connection will welcome Peter Enns, Ph.D., author, theologian and Biblical Studies Professor at Eastern University, on Friday, May 18, 8:30 AM to 4 PM. He will present two of his books “which will give both clergy and laity the tools that are needed for evangelism in this modern age,” according to host pastor the Rev. John Gudikunst. Enns has written extensively on the relationship between religion and science, the Creation-Evolution controversy, and Old Testament interpretation, often challenging conservative/mainstream Evangelical biblical interpretation.
The event is open to the whole conference, and clergy may obtain.6 CEU’s and their quadrennial Evangelism training requirement. “Peter Enns does have a particular focus: reaching those who are not currently in churches and helping the church find ways to bridge that gap,” said Gudikunst, who sees Enns and his ideas as appealing especially to today’s Millenials and other post-Baby Boom generations, who have little or no interest in attending traditional churches and many of whom describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.”
Dr. Enns will first speak on his book The Bible Tells Me So, followed by a time for questions and discussion. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served at 12 noon. Then Enns will speak and engage in discussion on The Sin of Certainty.
“We need to look at Evangelism through a new perspective, and I believe Pete Enns has the unique gifts and skills to help us,” Gudikunst asserted. “The morning session will help pastors learn a language to talk with people, especially younger people, who already have a deep suspicion about Scripture… and its natural positive bias. The afternoon will help us build a bridge beyond the battle currently being waged over ‘correct belief.’ I am convinced that absent the training that Dr, Enns can begin, our efforts at reclaiming the importance of evangelism will fall short of the generations we need to reach the most.”
Please register online for $20 today. Lunch and a light breakfast will be served. Questions about this event? Contact the Rev. John Gudikunst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about your registration? Contact the Rev. Lin George at email@example.com.