HOUSTON – The Super Bowl is not just a time when fathers and sons miss Sunday service - it’s a time to evangelize and reach out with the Gospel message.
An anticipated 2,000-3,000 Christians will volunteer for the Super Evangelism Project, and four SBEP training conferences have been slated with breakout sessions in various areas of outreach.
On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m.-noon, training will be provided at two Houston locations, Sagemont Church, 11300 Sam Houston Parkway, and Wood Forest Baptist Church, 1330 Wood Forest Blvd. The final two sessions also will be held at two locations simultaneously from 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 17: Houston Northwest Baptist Church, 19911 State Hwy. 249, and First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway.
Training will be provided in such areas as open air and street evangelism; decision counseling and follow-up; instruction in the just-released NAMB "One day/One hour" witnessing workshop; NAMB's Evangelism Response Center; and how to hold a Super Bowl watch party. Volunteers will be provided with instructions and materials for working in each of these venues.
Some volunteers will be working in NFL and Super Bowl-sponsored venues. Although not able to use those forums for an open presentation of the Gospel to visitors, Fannin said SBEP volunteers can "put a good face on" their Christian faith and, maybe, find opportunities to share that faith with coworkers when appropriate.
The Evangelism Response Center, sponsored by NAMB, is a national resource geared to people seeking answers to their questions regarding faith in Jesus Christ. The Super Bowl Evangelism Project could broaden the base of volunteers for the program, noted Tim Knopps, director of the Timothy Institute of Evangelism and co-coordinator for SBEP. With training, volunteers can become phone counselors who, by calling into the ERC and punching in their personal access code, can receive calls from individuals seeking help via a 1-888-phone number. The goal of the project is to connect callers with counselors in their general vicinity. The counselor can then recommend local churches for the caller to attend. Follow-up literature from NAMB will be sent to each caller. Knopps said ERC coordinators are looking for covenant churches that will then train their members who are called to such a ministry.