An event that will make evangelism a personal challenge is coming to Oklahoma. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is bringing the Who’s Your One Tour to Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, March 7-8.
The opening program on Sunday, March 7 will be the Who’s Your One Rally at 6 p.m. On Monday, March 8, beginning at 8 a.m., Quail Springs will also host the Who’s Your One Evangelism Workshop.
The two-day event is free to attend, but reservations are required to attend the March 8 workshop. Those interested can register by visiting oklahomabaptists.org/whosyouroneevent.
Hunt to speak at opening rally
Who’s Your One will begin with a Sunday evening rally, featuring Johnny Hunt as the speaker. Hunt is NAMB senior vice president of leadership and evangelism and previously served as senior pastor of Woodstock, Ga., First, for more than 30 years. He also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2008-10.
According to the Who’s Your One website, this rally will be a time for Oklahoma Baptists “to be inspired and challenged from the Word of God in personal evangelism.”
Alan Quigley, associate executive director of church relations group for Oklahoma Baptists, said, without having the Advance Conference, it will be even more important that Oklahoma Baptists attend Who’s Your One.
“This event is coming at a wonderful time,” Quigley said. “We are going to hear some national leaders who have had the favor of God on their ministries and have advanced the Gospel, not in theory but in practice.”
Workshop to help hone evangelism strategies
The Who’s Your One Evangelism Workshop, according to whosyourone.com, “consists of practical training sessions designed to equip and mobilize” churches in evangelism.
Topics that will be covered in the workshop breakout sessions include:
- Cultivating your heart for evangelism
- Practical ways to start Gospel conversations
- Creating a culture of evangelism in your church
Other topics will be covered as well. The list of workshop speakers include Pastor Stephen Rummage of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs; Catherine Renfro, NAMB evangelism director; Willy Rice, pastor of Clearwater, Fla., Calvary; and Jordan Easley, pastor of Cleveland, Tenn., First.
Personal evangelism a key element
One of the important aspects of having the Who’s Your One event, Quigley said, is a needed focus on the importance of personal evangelism, especially since the pandemic limited the ability to hold evangelism and outreach events.
“We need to reinvigorate the idea of personal evangelism,” Quigley said. “This past year has shown us that, more than anything, our ability to advance the Gospel in Oklahoma has greatly been stymied because of our current cultural issues with the pandemic.
“Where personal evangelism is being done, there seems to be great fruit in that aspect. I’ve talked to several pastors who have done equipping with their churches on personal evangelism. They have even used the Who’s Your One program that Brother Johnny will be talking about in more detail.”
Quigley believes this is a great time to emphasize personal evangelism because people have been burdened by the results of the pandemic.
“Mobilizing the church is important because there are a lot of people who are asking a lot of questions about life, suffering and loss,” Quigley said. “In a climate where there are a lot of questions among lost people in our state, we have the answer in Jesus Christ. If we are equipped, trained and mobilized for personal evangelism, we could see a really great harvest of souls maybe even bordering on an awakening coming out of the pandemic.”
What is ‘Who’s Your One?’
Oklahoma Baptists may be familiar with the Who’s Your One campaign. Quigley said he encourages people to come to the March 7-8 event to find out more, but he explains why Who’s Your One is significant.
“Who’s Your One is an important campaign,” he said, “because it asks the believer to hone in on one person. When we talk about praying for the lost or praying for the world, and we don’t put a name or face to that prayer then it’s easy for us to forget our personal responsibility to advance the Gospel.
“If you have accepted the challenge of Who’s Your One, you have a name that God has put on your heart, that you are going to pray for, that you are going to look for an opportunity for a Gospel conversation. The reality is I’m responsible to share the Gospel with this person, so it moves from a hypothetical to a personal objective.”
More information on the Who’s Your One event can be found by visiting whosyourone.com.