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Upcoming Classes


Taught by Dr. Aldon Preston, Steve Brown, Stuart Sherrill
April 18 – 19, 2014

This class will cover personal evangelism, church outreach events and church planting with an evangelistic emphasis. Come and better prepare to fish for souls, individually and as a church!

  • ClassroomEvangelism

    Jesus said that he would make those who follow him into fishers of men. In this class the Heartland Conference School of Ministry committee decided to focus on evangelism from several different viewpoints. We thought outside the box and will be team-teaching this course. This practical class will help you become a better personal evangelist and turn up the evangelistic fire in your church culture. This class will cover:

    • Personal Evangelism — Stuart Sherrill
    • Church Outreach Events for Evangelism — Steve Brown
    • Church Planting with an Evangelistic Focus — Dr. Aldon Preston
  • Dr. Aldon PrestonDr. Aldon Preston

    Dr. Aldon Preston is a fourth-generation member of the IPHC. He grew up in California and attended California State University, Oral Roberts University, Pacific Coast Bible College, and eventually earned a doctorate from the Pentecostal Church of God Seminary in San Jacinto California. He has also taken classes at SCU and earned a certificate as a Life Coach. He has served local churches as a youth pastor, associate pastor, worship leader, church planter, and senior pastor. He has also held a number of Conference positions including: teacher at Advantage College, Assistant CE Director, CEM director, Men's Ministries Director, and is presently the Assistant Superintendent of the Heartland Conference. In addition to his conference duties, he is also the pastor of Starlight Ministries in Stillwater, Oklahoma and is a widowed father of a 13 year old son. Life stays busy and often interesting as he goes about the Father's business.

    Steve BrownSteve Brown

    2014 begins my 16th year of pastoral ministry. I received an Associate's Degree in Social Science from St. Gregory's Junior College in 1986, and later attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College finishing with a Bachelor's Degree in World Missions in 1990. In May of 2009, I received my Master's of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southwestern Christian University Graduate School.

    I currently serve as pastor of LifeSprings Family Worship Center in Ponca City , OK, and have been leading the church since August, 2009. The church has recently begun a relocation project to build a new facility.

    I have been married to my wife , Hallie for 20 years. We have 4 children; Drue, Abbey, Olivia, and Brady. Drue is now married to Natalie.

    My spiritual gifts are Teaching, Exhortation, Prophecy, Tongues and interpretation. My Acquired skills are Counseling, Shepherding, and public speaking. My natural gift is leadership. My core values are the Bible, Stewardship, Integrity, Contemporary ministry of the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Marriage and Family, 5 Fold ministry, and world missions. My passion is to equip church leaders to be effective in ministry inside and outside the church.

    Stuart SherrillStuart Sherrill

    Stuart is the Heartland Conference Discipleship Ministries Director and serves on the conference Executive Council. He and Sheri have been married for 25 years, and they have 4 children — Summer, Zack, Abby and Mark. They have planted 2 churches. Stuart has a Masters of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University.

  • Evangelism Handbook by Alvin ReidEvangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional

    by Alvin Reid

    In Matthew 5, Jesus calls believers the salt of the earth and light of the world. Indeed, we must reach out to tell others His story of sacrifice and grace so glory is given to God throughout our communities and the entire planet.

    Evangelism Handbook is a thorough guide to the daily ministry of sharing Christ. Writer and professor Alvin Reid is particularly concerned about how the Western Church is practicing evangelism—its failure to reach the hardcore unchurched and its trend of losing young people faster than it can win them.

    With all of that in mind, Reid organizes his research and experience in effective modern evangelism into four clear and actionable categories: Biblical (with chapters on Jesus, Paul, and evangelism in Acts), Spiritual (the work of the Spirit, the power of prayer and other disciplines), Intentional (leadership, creativity, worship), and Missional (church planting, reaching the unchurched).

  • Typing on computerPre-class Assignment

    1. Read the following chapters from Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid:
      • Part I, Chapters 1 – 7 (71 pages)
      • Part II, Chapters 10 – 12 (46 pages)
      • Part III, Chapters 16 – 18 (80 pages)
      • Part IV, Chapters 21 – 26, Conclusion (104 pages)
    2. Type (preferred) or write a 2-minute version of your testimony. Include the following elements:
      • Your life before Christ
      • How you came to Jesus
      • The difference the Lord has made in your life
    3. Witness your faith at least 2 times a week for the next month (minimum of 8 times). Journal your efforts and the results. You will turn in the journal and discuss the experience in class. May the Lord give us some decisions of faith for our efforts!
    4. Extra Credit: Read all of the textbook!