4½ MONTH EVANGELISM TRAINING
The AFCOE-Europe Team believes that this is HIS work, and not ours, and that we are privileged to be a part of it as long as He may sustain us in our efforts to help Him carry it out. We firmly believe that we are living at the very end of time, that Jesus is indeed coming soon, and that we must be well-trained to effectively share the Adventist Message with others. “Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have.” EGW – Desire of Ages, p239
AFCOE-Europe training is based on the Word of God as revealed to us in the Bible and as illuminated through the Spirit of Prophecy. We are aware that taking the time to be trained for working in the Lord´s vineyard may be a sacrifice for each one of us, but we understand that, “We are not placed in this world merely to care for ourselves, but we are required to aid in the great work of salvation, thus imitating the self-denying, self-sacrificing, useful life of Christ.” EGW – Testimonies, V1, p325
The basic language of instruction at AFCOE-Europe is English. Translations of certain materials may at times be available. Some translation during class may also be given on an individual basis.
The Mission and Discipleship Training conducted at AFCOE-Europe combines instruction in both health and gospel evangelism. This follows the strong counsel of Ellen White, “The gospel of health is to be firmly linked with the ministry of the Word. It is the Lord’s design that the restoring influence of health reform shall be a part of the last great efforts to proclaim the gospel message.” Medical Ministry, p259
AFCOE-Europe is an INTENSIVE course. Because 4½ months is such a short time, and there is a lot of material to cover, you will be challenged. But this in itself is part of the training. You will have to learn to manage your time wisely. This will prepare you for the mission field.
The AFCOE-Europe training consists of four main elements of Evangelism…
1. PERSONAL EVANGELISM
Or Friendship Evangelism is the very core of all the training. This is by far the most important and powerful form of Evangelism. Ellen White writes that, “Your success will not depend so much upon your knowledge and accomplishments, as upon your ability to find your way to the heart.” Gospel Workers, p193
During the 4½ month program you will be trained in how to minister one-on-one to other people. We know that the Holy Spirit is working on the hearts of many people everywhere, and that these people are just waiting for someone like you to tell them about the Bible, about Jesus, and about their Salvation!
You will learn how to…
– Do door-to-door work with surveys and literature distribution;
– Reach out to people of other beliefs, particularly those of the Muslim faith;
– Effectively prepare and give a Bible Study;
– Call people to make a decision for Christ.
Because Personal Evangelism is so important, AFCOE-Europe has a strong emphasis on Outreach. You will head out into the community with surveys, discussing Bible studies, or various other types of ministering to others. During the Course you will be provided with an AFCOE-Europe iPad already downloaded with apps and multi-lingual downloads of the Spirit of prophecy writings and instruction material as well as Bible studies for use with your Outreach contacts. “It is through personal contact and association that men are reached by the saving power of the gospel. They are not saved in masses, but as individuals.” Thoughts From Mount of Blessing, p36
2. PRACTICAL HEALTH EVANGELISM
We also have a strong emphasis on Health. We are working together with LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training) to provide our students not only with Biblical training, but also practical health training. After successful completion of the course, students will receive not only an AFCOE-Europe certificate but also a Medical Missionary certificate from LIGHT.
You will be instructed in nutrition and in how to give cooking classes to the community. Also you will learn some natural remedies and massage from experienced Medical Missionaries. We know that the Health Message is the opening wedge to many people who are closed to you on the street or if you knock on their door. This is why we believe that Health Evangelism is crucial for effective soul-winning.
3. PROPHECY AND THE REFORMATION
At AFCOE-Europe you will learn how to understand and interpret Bible Prophecy with Jesus at the center of it. You will learn about the Sanctuary, where Jesus is now and what He is doing there. The special focus of the prophecy studies will be on the books of Daniel and Revelation, because of their connection with the end times.
Also you will learn about the Protestant Reformation and its importance for our lives today. “The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world’s history.” The Great Controversy, p148
You will be instructed in the history of the Reformation, the doctrine of Righteousness by Faith, and how to carry on the Reformation today. There will also be instruction on Ellen White, her life, her visions, and the Spirit of Prophecy which flowed from her pen to provide us with invaluable illumination on the Word of God.
4. PUBLIC EVANGELISM
While at AFCOE-Europe you will learn how to prepare and give sermons. We know that preaching can never take the place of personal one-on-one evangelism, yet it is still an integral part of sharing Jesus and His Word. We are counseled in 2 Timothy 4:2 to, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” During the 4½ month course you will be involved in preaching in an Amazing Facts Europe evangelistic series. It is important that we not only have a head-knowledge of the Truth but that we can also share it in a clear, concise, and compelling way.
AFCOE-Europe is not a Theological Seminary, nor is it a Bible School. While you will surely draw nearer to Christ, and dig deep into the word of God during the 4½ months that you are here, the main emphasis is Evangelism. The reason this school exists is to train people how to share the Word of God with others who do not have the truth, in a practical way. “Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary.” Desire of Ages, p195
We are fully convinced that the Holy Spirit is not only capable, but also more than willing to use anyone who is ready to let himself be used of God for the salvation of others.
Tutition + Payment
The Tuition Fee for the 4½ month course is €1.925 which includes instruction, housing, breakfast, and a hot lunch. Meals are prepared for the students Monday through Friday, and students will prepare meals for Sabbath.
There is a non-refundable registration fee of €25 that will be credited toward the total tutition cost. A partial payment of tuition for the 4½ month course of €300 is due 4 weeks before the start of the course (this may be made via wire transfer to Amazing Facts Europe e.V IBAN/BIC. If needed, subsequent installment payments should be discussed and established with the Registrar).
Amazing Facts Europe e.V. Commerzbank Königstein (Germany)
Account No. 375715000 / BLZ 50040000
IBAN DE 54 5004 0000 0375 7150 00 / BIC COBADEFFXXX
Partial Sponsorship Opportunites
AFCOE-Europe can help to arrange limited sponsorships for applicants needing financial assistance. For further info please contact our Registrar.
All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail. The €25 application fee is non-refundable. Also after the 4 weeks prior to the class the tuition paid is not refundable. However, if you cannot attend within that 21 day period we may offer you a refund if you or we are able to fill your place with another student.
The Instructors at AFCOE-Europe are experienced soul-winners from Europe and the USA. Because we limit the number of students we accept to 10 it gives our students an opportunity to ask more questions in class, as well as interact with the instructors on a more personal basis. This limitation also makes it important that applications be submitted as soon as you have made a committment to be trained for Him in order to reach others with His truth. Check our list with only some of the instructors who have taught at AFCOE-Europe.