ER was founded in 1976 by veteran missionaries Dr. Willys and Thelma Braun. Upon completion of their service as C&MA missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ER was envisioned as a way to provide trained leaders to rural churches which were often led by lay pastors. Since those days, more than 100,000 lay pastors have graduated from Portable Bible Schools, and more than 5,000 church planters have been trained in Schools of Evangelism.
Although the Brauns were missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, ER maintains ties with no single denomination. Our partners in ministry overseas are from many denominations. Through its interdenominational fellowship, the Association of International Discipleship Advancement (AIDA), ER is equipping CEOs of many denominations to focus on evangelism, which should be the first love of the Church, making it an every day, every member activity.
Evangelism Resources is established on the Bible, which is the inspired, infallible Word of God. Our passion is to fulfill the Great Commission, spoken by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for sin. We also believe that faith in Jesus is the only basis for receiving salvation.
ER's workers are nationals. No expatriate missionaries are living overseas. This is cost efficient, and easily overcomes barriers of language and/or culture.
ER is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. This ensures that all financial policies are sound and carried out with integrity.
ER's Board of Directors is a diverse group of mission-hearted
area leaders with very low turnover.
The mission experience of the home office is Holy Spirit directed, emphasizing prayer and spiritual discernment. The Biblical method is proven effective by over 40 years of successful operation.
Because the home office is staffed by four full-time employees, the vast majority of funds donated to ER goes directly to overseas indigenous ministries.
Reports are continually received from our overseas partners and graduates, with great numbers of unreached receiving Christ, being baptized, and receiving training.
ER is raising up the next generation of indigenous Christian leaders.
to the Great Commission
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