This volume contains the edited versions of the major presentations made to the second Consultation on Theology and Evangelism, sponsored by the Foundation for Evangelism and held at Wesley Theological Seminary, 9-12 March 1995. The theme of the Consultation was "Christ for the World: Evangelism in the Contemporary Church and World". Nineteen bishops of The United Methodist Church were invited by the Foundation for Evangelism to address this theme, and a number of seminary professors and church leaders were invited to attend and to serve as respondents to the presentations of the bishops. The contributions of thirteen of the bishops have been carefully edited for publication by Jim Logan. The bishops whose presentations are included are: Neil L. Irons, R. Sheldon Duecker, George W. Bashore, Ann B. Sherer, Richard B. Wilke, Bruce P. Blake, Hae-Jong Kim, Elias G. Galvan, Ruediger R. Minor, Woodie W. White, Kenneth L. Carder, Alfred L. Norris, and Arthur F. Kulah. Also included in a appendix is a sermon by Joseph H. Yeakel. The collection is introduced by James Logan.
This book clearly and accessibly presents what the bishops of The United Methodist Church have to say about the church's evangelistic task in the modern world. It brings together the thought of a diverse group of denominational leaders and summarizes the theological and historical roots of the denomination's role in evangelism. By providing readers with easy access to this collection of presentations, this book enables readers to know what the denominational leaders see for the future of the evangelistic task of the church in the modern world.