Mid-America has always held the conviction that students must not delay putting into practice what is being taught in the classroom until after graduation. Through its practical missions programs—Witness One:Seven for the Seminary and the GO! Program for the College—students make the immediate connection between the classroom and contemporary ministry.
Practical missions infuse the very DNA of Mid-America, marking a passion ignited by our founder, Dr. B. Gray Allison, whose soul-winning exploits challenged generations. Fifty years later, Mid-America President Dr. Michael Spradlin and the faculty still carry the torch for personal evangelism. It’s one of the hallmarks of Mid-America that sets us apart.
In recognition of our founder, Dr. B. Gray Allison, we publish this special blog article, “Person-to-Person Evangelism,” an excerpt from Personal Evangelism, a book comprised of material from Dr. Gray’s Personal Evangelism course which he taught for almost 47 years. This timeless article was originally published in 1966.
The Mid-America Prison Initiative began with its first program at the Varner Supermax Unit in Gould, Arkansas, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies to inmates. On May 12, 2023, the first 18 graduates walked across the stage at Varner and accepted their diplomas.
I taught missions in Bible college and seminary for 40 years. As you can imagine, I taught the book of Acts many times. Every time I did, a student would ask, “Why don’t we see the events of Acts in our churches today?” I always answered the same way, “We don’t pray the way they prayed, and we’re not filled with the Spirit as they were.” (“They” referring to the believers in Jerusalem.) Why did I answer in that way?
Bible-based discipleship transcends all cultures and connects all peoples. Scriptural truths never change, but we must make certain we communicate the Bible’s message in ways our audience can accurately understand and apply to their lives.
The Evangelism + Church Health Conference, presented by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, featured Mid-America alumnus Dr. Ed Newton (MARE, 2000) in the keynote message on Monday evening, January 23, 2023.
The “Six Core Tasks of Church Planting” provide a basic map to guide a missionary along the continuum from entering a new community, sharing the Gospel, discipling new and maturing believers, forming healthy churches, developing local leaders, and exiting to new communities while maintaining a healthy connection with that maturing church. This “map” lays out the big picture of the missionary task and helps one chart the course in the right direction.
To those who knew Emmitt McKenzie when his life was clouded by drugs, alcohol, and turmoil, seeing him enrolled in seminary, active in church, and now the author of an evangelistic book may seem a most unlikely surprise. The dramatic change, though—however improbable by human standards—is a tool God is using now to reach the lost with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mary Hale and Benjamin (Ben) Talley chose to spend Saturday with Ronnie Johnson, pastor of Miracle Redemption Church, as part of their Practical Missions assignment. It’s a sunny day in Memphis, and Pastor Ronnie, as he’s affectionately known, is excited to hit Memphis’ streets to share Christ. “I love going to the dangerous, dirty, and […]