Engage 2022: Missionaries to a Post-Christian Culture

Plenary Speakers:

Rich Day — Lead pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church, director of Ratio Christi at FSU
Montisé Peterson — Former Jehovah’s Witness, lay minister at The River Church
Bob Stewart — Professor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Don Veinot — President of Midwest Christian Outreach, president of EMNR
Joe Whitchurch — Vice President and regional ministry director of Ratio Christi


Friday, June 3, 2022
8:00-10:00 AMExhibitors can set up tables
10:00 AM – 1:00 PMEMNR Member Summit, lunch provided
1:00 PMRegistration for conference opens
2:00-3:15 PMPlenary #1, Dr Rich Day: “Truth in a Post-Truth Society”
3:15-3:30 PMBreak (15 mins.)
3:30-4:45 PMWorkshop #1
4:45-6:30 PMDinner (1 hour, 45 minutes)
6:30-7:30 PMWorkshop #2
7:30-7:45 PMBreak (15 mins.)
7:45-9:00 PMPlenary #2, Dr Bob Stewart: “A-Paul-ogetics: Lessons in Countercult Apologetics from the Apostle Paul”
Saturday, June 4, 2022
8:00-8:45 AMExhibitor tables and Registration open
8:45-9:45 AMWorkshop #3
9:45-10:00 AMBreak
10:00-11:15 AMPlenary #3, Joe Whitchurch: “Truth on Fire with Flashpoints: From the second epistle of John”
11:15 AM – 1:00 PMLunch (1 hour, 45 minutes)
1:00-2:00 PMWorkshop #4
2:00-2:15 PMBreak (15 mins.)
2:15-3:30 PMPlenary #4, Montisé Peterson: “Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?”
3:30-3:45 PMBreak (15 mins.)
3:45-4:45 PMWorkshop #5
4:45-5:00 PMBreak (15 mins)
5:00-6:15 PMPlenary #5, Don Veinot: “The Enneagram: What’s True, What’s False, Does It Matter?”

Workshop Titles and Presenters

Workshop #1 – Friday, 3:30-4:45 PM

FellowshipHassamo ShamounIslamic Dilemma: How to use the Quran to Support the Bible as the uncorrupt, preserved Word of God
SS 1Mark TabladilloHow the Worldwide Church of God Eluded Serious Scrutiny
SS 2Joe WhitchurchAssorted, Easy-to-use, Conversational Apologetics Outreach Tools
SS 3Keith TolbertForward to the Past: How the West was One

Shamoun : Muslims believe the original Scriptures revealed by were corrupted, and the Bible is a mixture of truth and lies. When believers quote the Bible to establish doctrine or proclaim the Gospel, a Muslim immediately responds by saying the Bible is unreliable since it has been changed over time. This workshop will assist believers by showing how the Muslims’ very own sources confirm the textual reliability and preservation of the Holy Bible.

Tabladillo : The now-defunct Worldwide Church of God (WCG) had a solid media presence in the United States for over 50 years. Some splinter groups remain today, but are marginally impactful. Using specific examples, this talk discusses the theological and cultural reasons the WCG eluded serious scrutiny or challenge over its decades-long history, even eluding concern by nation state leaders. The illustrations are important in analyzing other large and politically or economically strong cult organizations in 2022.

Whitchurch : Sometimes you need an “elevator speech.” Other times you need a couple of fantastic questions. Sometimes you need a succinct combination approach. Come and enjoy some delightful tapestries for responding to those steeped in error to begin to help all get a fuller picture of Christ’s liberating truth and global shalom.

Tolbert : American Postmodernism has no unified plan, nor a path to redemption. This critique of and response to Postmodernism suggests that instead of going “Back to the Future,” perhaps we should change directions and go “Forward to the Past.”

Workshop #2 – Friday, 6:30-7:30 PM

FellowshipMontisé PetersonIntroduction to the Black Hebrew Movement
SS 1Elaine BalesThe Watchtower’s Dangerous Deception
SS 2James WalkerThe Four Views: A Key to Sharing Christ with Other Faiths
SS 3Bill McKeeverMormon Doctrine: Separating What is Official from Folklore

Peterson : This will provide an overview of Black Hebrew movement, also known as the Hebrew Israelites.

Bales : This workshop will show how the Jehovah’s Witness organization enslaves its members and places them on the broad road which leads to destruction. My slide presentation will compare the content of their extra-biblical publications with the Word of God. In addition, I will share an abbreviated version of my powerful testimony of deliverance from darkness to freedom in Christ.

McKeever : Where does “official” LDS doctrine come from? This workshop is not so much a list of doctrinal positions that Latter-day Saints are supposed to believe, but rather a look at sources that members are told contain true teaching. Since citing sources that members respect goes a long way when challenging a Latter-day Saint’s presuppositions, we will look at these sources so that we might be confident with what we cite in order to have an effective conversation.

Walker : Understanding the “4 Views” can help believers jump-start spiritual conversations with people of other faiths. This message introduces the basic tenets of the four major worldviews (Monotheism, Atheism, Polytheism, and Pantheism) as the simple key to deciphering American spirituality today. This “missing key” is the critical first step for building an evangelistic relationship. This message includes a broad survey of various religious alternatives, such as Islam’s brand of monotheism, the “New Atheism,” the polytheism of Mormonism, and the pantheism of New Age spirituality and Wicca.

Workshop #3 – Saturday, 8:45-9:45 AM

FellowshipBob StewartWas Jesus Buried? A Case Study in Understanding and Answering Bart Ehrman
SS 1Ron HenzelThat Dog Won’t Hunt: The Watchtower’s Explanation for John 1:1
SS 2Barbara PementCompassion: Ministering to Hurt and Angry Church Folks
SS 3

Stewart : I will answer the claims of Bart Ehrman that Jesus was not buried and also provide a framework for understanding how Ehrman argues and for answering him effectively.

Henzel : Ron will present a concise analysis of and Christian response to the Watchtower Society’s translation of John 1:1c, as “the Word was a god.” This workshop will help those struggling with the doctrine of the Deity of Christ. Attendees will learn about two fundamental principles of translation that the Watchtower abuses.

Pement : This video-based workshop was inspired by a Bible Study Fellowship training session on practicing empathy and compassion. It will show practical ways of interacting with angry or hurt Christians, and how to express empathy and compassion in volatile situations.

Workshop #4 – Saturday, 1:00-2:00 PM

FellowshipEric Pement and Steve MatthewsA Detailed Look at the World Mission Society Church of God
SS 1David ClarkThe New Apostolic Reformation and the Role of Music Labels like Hillsong and Jesus Culture
SS 2Mike ShreveThe Ultimate Goal of Yoga: The Awakening of the Kundalini
SS 3
SanctuaryRich DayThe International Christian Church (successor to Boston Church of Christ)

Pement and Matthews : The World Mission Society Church of God is one of the fastest-growing religions today. With over 3 million members, they are active and zealous in promoting their belief. Members use their belief in a Father and Mother God to begin proselytism, and are highly trained in countering standard Christian replies. Their inner literature is extremely hard to obtain, making documentation of their errors difficult. Steve Matthews will answer audience questions via live video feed.

Clark : This is part 3 of a series on the New Apostolic Reformation, continuing previous messages on this topic. It will present more recent developments, as well as the larger framework of this worldwide movement in contemporary Christian culture. We will contrast the NAR view of God with the true God of the Bible. We will also examine the Biblical tools of discernment in context here.

Shreve : Various yoga techniques, including meditation, asanas, pranayama, and chanting mantras are geared to “awaken the kundalini.” What is this power? Is yoga dangerous? Should Christians shun the practice of yoga? Some believers are concerned that Kundalini manifestations have invaded the church: is that true? What is the ultimate goal of yoga and how does it differ from the experience of being born again and receiving eternal life? What are some of the best approaches that effectively reach people involved in yoga?

Day : The International Church of Christ (ICOC) has been branching out to with new names, but similar tactics. Many college ministries (including Tallahassee) have seen an uptick of encounters with these groups and it seems to be spreading. This workshop will focus on understanding the ICOC and its branches while also helping you to understand how to engage with them.

Workshop # 5 – Saturday, 3:45-4:45 PM

FellowshipBill HonsbergerThe Paganization of the Evangelical Church
SS 1James LopezWorship Music and Its Influence in Christian Churches
SS 2Ivani GreppiEscaping the Darkness: Deliverance from Umbanda Spiritism
SS 3Doug and Wendy DuncanMinistering to the Spiritually Wounded

Honsberger : The Evangelical church in America has been deeply compromised, with traditional psychic practices in Bible-believing churches. One can find “Christian” versions of Tarot cards, crystals, aura reading, aromatherapy, astrology and yoga. Labyrinths and the Enneagram are ubiquitous. This seminar will also address the influence of Richard Rohr, and present a response to these issues.

Lopez : The last 20 to 30 years has seen a transition from traditional worship music to a more trendy one. Most worship songs sung in many Christian churches come from a very small group of churches with questionable theology. This workshop will take a deeper look at the music and the groups that author and promote it. We will examine the content, the groups, and the artists associated with these churches.

Greppi : This workshop will focus on spiritual deception and how occult practices are infiltrating American society and the church. Attendees will learn that supernatural activity and demonic possession are not just about Hollywood; it’s a dangerous matter often overlooked and ignored by many pastors. As a former spiritist medium who was demonically possessed, Ivani will share firsthand her deliverance experience and how she was set free by Jesus Christ.

Duncans : Ron Enroth says, “Spiritual abuse takes place when leaders to whom people look for guidance and spiritual nurture use their positions of authority to manipulate, control, and dominate”. This presentation will discuss unique issues in ministering to spiritually wounded individuals and the barriers that ministries, Christian leaders, and pastors will face. The speakers will also discuss the difference between healthy churches and unhealthy churches, as well as provide insights into ministry to this special population.