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Title: Curriculum for Online Training of Online Evangelist OTOE Sponsored by the Internet Evangelism Coalit

Facilitation Committee Dick Wynn-chair,
Judy Gill, Mark Mittleburg, Thomas Wright
Curriculum for Online Training of Online
Evangelists (OTOE)
Written and Presented by C. Thomas Wright, PhD
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  • This curriculum is designed for online training
    to help believers effectively share Jesus with
    other people who are online. This includes
    email, chat rooms, discussion boards, Instant
    Messaging, and every web page.

The curriculum provides an outline for
evangelicals to adapt and apply to their web
pages. The curriculum is self-taught. The
training is designed for every age group of
believers. A self-graded review is available
at the end of each session.
This material is designed to help believers in
Jesus Christ to use the existing online
evangelism approaches to become an online
evangelist. The training outline will be
available through the generosity of Other sites can adapt and
provide online training as well.
  • I. Preparation for Online Evangelism (Sessions
    One and Two)
  • II. Presenting the Gospel of Jesus
  • Christ in the Online Context (Sessions Three
    and Four)III. Effective Follow-Up for New Online
    Converts (Session Five)
  • Participants need to affirm this statement of
    faith based on the Lausanne Covenant.

The intent is for graduates from this course to
be biblical, compassionate, contextual and
intentional evangelist.
  • Part One. I. Preparation for Online Evangelism
  • Session one
  • The need for online evangelism and overview of
    the Internet context.

A. The need for Internet Evangelism
  • Technological advancement should always be used
    to fulfill that commission and spread the gospel.
    Matt 2816-20
  • Evangelistic presentations on the Internet never
    stop communicating.

B. Introduction to Internet Evangelism
  • This part of the curriculum is a cross-cultural
    training time to help online evangelists know the
    demographics and personality issues of those they
    will probably meet online.

1. Context of the Community2. How to
Protect Yourself3. Internet evangelism and
ministry is not a replacement for a
local church
C. Learn the cyber culture Consider yourself a
cross- cultural missionary1. Visit this site
for a secular presentation on basic psychological
features in cyberspace. http//
This writer includes 10 characteristics of
communicating online including the places where
we will be sharing Christ.2. Visit this site
pes.html for a secular discussion about
personality types that we encounter while sharing
Jesus on the Internet.
3. Cyberspace has its own language
  • Netiquette The etiquette of the Internet.
  • Consider creating an alternate email account for
    online use
  • Diversity
  • Anonymity
  • Depravity

D. Session One Conclusion
  • The Internet context requires culturally trained
    and intentional evangelists. Learn as much about
    the people and the groups online as possible.
    Believers need to remove barriers that prevent
    them from hearing the gospel and meeting Jesus.
    It is our responsibility to cross barriers to
    bring people to Jesus. We too often expect the
    lost person to cross every barrier. E. Session
    One Review

Questions for Internet Curriculum
  • Session 1
  • 1. Why should the Internet be used for
  • 2. Why would an Internet missionary be
    considered a cross-cultural missionary?
  • a. because they work with people in cultures
    not their own

b. because they talk with people on a
computer instead of face-to- face c. because
they are an E-O missionary d. because they
are certified to work in evangelism
Part 1. Preparation for Online Evangelism
  • Session two
  • Preparing to Share Jesus Online
  • A. Spiritual Preparation. Missionaries are most
    effective when they enter the field spiritually
    prepared for intentional evangelism and ministry.

To be an effective Internet evangelist each
person needs 1. To have a personal
relationship with Jesus 2. To have daily
personal and corporate worship which
includes adoration 3. To have others
committed to pray for him/her
4. To not rely on our own intellect and
abilityB. Evangelistic PreparationC. Determin
ing Ones Evangelism Style. Read this article
to help determine your evangelism style.
1. Confrontational Evangelism Style 2. Intell
ectual Evangelism Style 3. Testimonial
Evangelism Style 4. Invitational Evangelism
Style 5. Serving Evangelism StyleD. Every
personality and communication style can be
effective communicators.
E. Write your testimony 1. Consider using this
outline. a) Describe your Life before you
Met Christ b) Describe How you Met
Christ c) Describe How your Life has
2. Be careful not to embellish any part of
your testimony 3. An online template for writing
your testimony can be found at
F. Six essentials for preparing to speak to
others online 1. Spend time preparing
yourself spiritually to be used by
the Holy Spirit. 2. Get your resources
together. 3. Print the referral list from this
4. Point people to the Bible. 5. Conversations
need to be confidential. 6. Purchase a virus
protection program.G. How to Handle
Questions, Objections Comparisons
H. Session Two Conclusion
  • Be prepared to share your testimony as you share
    Jesus online.
  • Every online believer should create, or link to,
    a thorough interactive presentation of the
  • Believers need to respond to the Internet culture
    with biblical truth.
  • The anonymity of the Internet can support the
    darkness that lives there. It also allows people
    to find the truth.

In John 146 Jesus said, I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me (NKJV). We can make a
difference through the Internet.
Part Two Presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ
in the Online Context Session Three Presenting
the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • This session explains how to create and use
    multiple presentations of the gospel. Provide a
    presentation to as many people and language
    groups as possible. Begin with a presentation to
    help lead people to Christ from you language
    culture group.

A. Review each part of your written
testimony 1. Be sure that you know how to
lead someone to Jesus. 2. Telling Your
StoryB. Be sure that every web site is
Linda logged on to several church sites to try
and find out how to know God. She learned
about staff and ministries but they didnt tell
me how to meet Jesus. After continued searching
she found a site that introduced me to Jesus. I
knew I was a sinner, I wanted to know how to be
forgiven. I think that churches ought to tell
lost people how to be found.
The best web sites provide these four interactive
online ingredients1. Information2. Communicati
on3. Evangelistic resources-Make a list of the
evangelistic links that you like. Some of the
best evangelistic sites are listed.4. Intentiona
l Evangelism
C. Ideas for Effective Online Evangelism 1. Watc
h for Divine Encounters 2. Conversations
RelationshipsD. Provide specialty Target-Groups
Presentations for Ethnics, Children and
YouthE. Understand where they are on the
Engel Scale of Spiritual Decisions
F. Session three conclusion- Effective Online
evangelism requires careful planning and
preparation. Be sure that every page is
intentionally evangelistic. Select resources
that you trust and like. Recommend them to
people you visit online. Attempt to discover,
and respond to, divine encounters online.
Use the Engle scale to help you communicate
appropriately. G. Session three review
Part Two Presenting the Gospel of Jesus
Christ in the Online Context
  • Session Four
  • Online options for sharing Jesus

A. Chat rooms. 1. Consider using chat room
discussion partners 2. Get a chat room email
account. 3. There are a variety of chat room
options. 4. Remember that the believers and
unbelievers that you encounter online will
say what they think and feel.
5. Open Chat Room Etiquette a) Take time
to put on your armor b) Listen to what
people are saying as well as what they
mean c) Never react to whats being
6. Allow the Lord to use your secular
training and expertise to help others and open
doors for witness.7. Missiologists has
commented that people prefer to come to Jesus
by crossing the least number of social
culture and linguistic barriers.
B. Message Boards/Discussion ForumsC. Instant
MessagingD. Create and send a daily
devotionalE. Bible Study Chat Room F. Prayer
of Commitment
G. Use the Jesus Video http//
H. Specific Groups Consider adding additional
sessions for your local group if you wish to
emphasize any of these specific groups.
I. Session Four Conclusion
  • There are many wonderful resources to help you
    share Jesus. Examine these resources and be
    prepared to seek to save those who are lost (Luke
    1910). Understand and participate in chat
    rooms, message boards, Instant Messaging, online
    Bible studies, and prayer. Decide if your
    interest and expertise allow you to focus on
    specific groups for witness and ministry.

J. Session Four Review
  • Part III. Effective Follow-Up for New Online
    ConvertsSession Five
  • Initial Nurture of Online ConvertsParents
    have a responsibility for the nurture of their
    children. New converts must be nurtured.

The primary place for the nurture of new
believers is the local church. Some nurture can
be done online for the new convert.A. Help the
new convert to know there are some fundamental
things they need to do.
1. Be Sure of your Salvation 2. Study your
Bible3. Learn to Pray 4. Publicly Declare your
Faith (Baptism)5. Be Faithful to a Church
(Membership)6. Allow Jesus to Control your
Life (Sanctification)7. Share Jesus with
others (Evangelism)
B. This link to the Personal Commitment Guide
provides brief, specific, scriptural guidance
for these five components Salvation, Baptism,
Church membership, assurance, and Rededication
to Grow toward Spiritual Maturity.
C. Practical Steps for Growth http//www.backtot Back to the
Bibles ten principles for a New Christian.
Follow these links for information about each of
these topics.D. Other Resources for discipling
new believers
Session Five Conclusion
  • New converts require nurture. Online
    Evangelists must take responsibility to see that
    new believers grow in Christ. We must be
    particularly responsible for those whom we lead
    to Christ. It is a terrible parent that gives
    birth and deserts the child. Examine these
    resources for your growth and to recommend them
    to new believers.

  • Internet Evangelism is an essential component of
    an evangelism strategy to pray for and share
    Jesus with everyone in our sphere of influence.
    Use your gifts to invade the internet for the
    Kingdom of Christ. Students completing the final
    review can go to a form page they can print and