Risk and Boredom – Evangelism Today

How do we think about evangelism? What is it, and how have our experiences with evangelism shaped our present willingness to engage? This sermon by Rev. Topher Endress asks deep questions about our fears and discomfort regarding evangelism, especially from within a more open faith tradition. But, as we see with the early Church, evangelism is a key component in living authentically into our faith – even if we don’t know every detail of what it is we’re attempting to share.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 20: 7-13; Matthew 10: 27, 34-39

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Hailing from the great state of Indiana, Topher is the Minister of Education at UCC. Though he is only two years into his work at University Christian, he has done ministry in various contexts for the past decade. As the Minister of Ed., Topher is responsible for both the internal (Sunday School classes, youth and children’s ministries) and external education (community conversations, bringing in local and national speakers, open events). He also holds a role as the Faith and Disability Inclusion Program Manager, where he writes disability theology and practical guidance for churches who are looking to become more inclusive. Topher holds a BS from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and an MDiv with an focus on Disability Theology from Vanderbilt University. If you need to find Topher outside of UCC, look for him running on Town Lake, spending time enjoying being a newlywed, or on the nearest tennis court (unless it’s college basketball season – then he’s glued to whatever screen he can find).

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