Rev. Nathan Buege (Katy, TX)
What I love the most about Praise and Proclaim Ministries involvement with our Houston mission campaign is that they help WELS Christians discover the joy of sharing Jesus.I think we have a significant number of people in our national church body who have a heart for reaching out to the lost, but have never done it before. They kind of want to, but they just don’t know how to begin. An outreach campaign is a great way for them to get started.
Practically speaking, our church would not be able to come up with outreach materials that look this nice. I hate all the behind-the-scenes busy work of conducting outreach events – especially the printing of canvassing maps and trying to stay organized. The professional-looking materials and behind-the-scenes organization were top-notch. From a pastor’s perspective, it makes conducting a mission campaign very easy. I’m able to spend my time with my people.” (Rev. Nathan Buege, Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church, Katy, TX)
Rev. Craig Wasser (Salem, OR)
Our local mission boards were in need of a tool to better reach out to our new neighbors where we have planted churches. As leaders we also needed a better way to equip and train our missionaries and their members to share the gospel. God introduced us to Praise and Proclaim Ministries. A ministry tool that uses canvassing to share the gospel. A gifted director in Dave Malnes to train and model this method for sharing Christ. A plan that addresses both big and small details. We have worked with Praise and Proclaim Ministries and recommend this ministry to any congregation looking to become truly serious about sharing the gospel to their neighbors. (Rev. Craig Wasser, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salem, OR; Chairman, Pacific Northwest District Mission Board)
Rev. Jeremy Belter (Plano, TX)
As pastors we encourage and ask our people to share their faith. If you’re like me, maybe you struggle with the thought, “How do I do that?” Praise and Proclaim provided an easy-to-use opportunity not only to receive that training but to immediately put it into practice. Dave’s method of teaching is calm and inspiring. He loves his Savior and that is evident in his positive encouragement to all participants. He understands the power of the gospel and enables God’s people to take that power Word and share it. The excitement among our people who participated on Saturday’s outreach was through the roof. We’re thankful for the experience. Now we have a team of people equipped to share their faith with guests to worship, community events, and even more door-to-door. Your outreach and people would benefit from using Praise and Proclaim. (Rev. Jeremy Belter, Atonement Lutheran Church, Plano, TX)
Rev. Kevin Schultz (Coeur d’Alene, ID)
We wanted our new mission church to get off to a good start. So we asked Dave Malnes of Praise & Proclaim Ministries to come and lead us in an outreach campaign in our community. He trained our launch team how to go door-to-door and proclaim the gospel in a very simple way. Then we put it into practice by actually going into our church neighborhood and doing it. What a blessing this was for our launch team and for our new mission! Not only did this campaign train our members how to share the gospel, but it also helped them to overcome their fears of witnessing. In fact, three weeks later at our “End-of-Summer Fun Fest,” I watched as our launch team members continued to proclaim the gospel to the 200+ people from the community who attended the event. I don’t think that kind of confidence would have been seen if it weren’t for the excellent training that Praise & Proclaim Ministries provided us. (Rev. Kevin Schultz, The Vine Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
Rev. Stephen Apt (Liberty Hill, TX)
We orchestrated a Praise and Proclaim campaign for Palm Sunday weekend. To be completely honest, I’m not sure how many of our people were looking forward to it. It was definitely out of their comfort zone. However, we had a good group show up to knock on doors. They soon realized that when you have the right “tools,” it really isn’t that hard at all. That’s what Praise and Proclaim does so well. They give you the tools to make an easy proclamation of the gospel. Another thing Dave does is he gives the people a correct understanding of outreach. Too often we put all the pressure on ourselves to get people into the doors and to believe. Only God can do that. All we can do is plant the seed, and every seed that is planted deserves celebrating.
Afterward Praise and Proclaim Ministry’s outreach initiative was over, I was thinking of different ways to use this same approach to keep it fresh in people’s minds. So, what we did was we used the same training and the same idea at our 4th of July booth. In addition to having a prize wheel for kids to spin, we also passed out postcards to a sermon series we were starting entitled “Freedom”. While the children were spinning the wheel waiting for their prize, our members were talking to their parents inviting them to our new sermon series entitled freedom. It’s a series based around the freedom that Jesus gives us from sin. Over 4 hours, we planted over 150 gospel seeds. What a night! (Rev. Stephen Apt, Peace Lutheran Church, Liberty Hill, TX)
Rev. Rob Guenther (Kenai, AK)
Praise and Proclaim was a great experience for us at Grace. For me as a pastor it was exciting to hear members say of evangelism, “Hey, that was a little scary, but not too bad. We can do this!” In large part, that was due to Dave’s approach and his training. One man had sworn off ever going door to door again because of previous bad experiences. But with some coaxing from me, he agreed to give Praise and Proclaim a try. After the training, he was not only ready to go, but took his 8-year-old son along with him. After the event, he said it was fun getting to share his faith and show his son that it wasn’t scary. What a difference Dave’s training made for him! Now, the excitement for outreach and especially for evangelism is palpable around here. Members are now excited to share the Gospel with their friends, neighbors and community. That’s the biggest impact Praise and Proclaim has had on us: a renewed zeal to reach our neighbors with Jesus’ love! Since the event less than a month ago, we’ve gone out proclaiming twice more. We’ve planted even more “Gospel seeds” and have had a number of new visitors in just the last few weeks. We’re thanking God for these gifts and are planning ways to better follow-up on these first and second-time visitors. (Rev. Rob Guenther, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenai, AK)