Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) continually emphasized evangelism as one of its core values, including it as the twenty-third article in the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message. Throughout its history, Southern Baptist evangelism took on many forms, both in its methodology and training practice, each inseparable, defining the other in various respects. This paper attempts to show the various methods used to train individual believers in Southern Baptist churches in personal evangelism throughout the denomination’s history. It will begin by examining the role of Sunday school as a vehicle for evangelistic training, followed by the SBC’s emphasis on revivals, and will conclude with the rise of various formal evangelism training schools and programs. These eras can be designated respectively as . . . Read full paper

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