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The Word One to One Training/Outreach in SA – Richard Borgonon


The Word One to One Training/Outreach in SA

8 to 18 September

Richard Borgonon (together with William Taylor) developed the Word One to One outreach tool that is impacting evangelism in the UK, Australia and now Africa. He will be in SA through September, conducting training workshops in Jo’burg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town. You are invited to attend a session and experience what Rico Tice has called “the silver bullet going forward” in evangelism. See schedule below.

Grant Griffiths from CBD  held a Skype interview with Richard to glean a little more about the Word One to One and his visit.

Grant:  So what’s this about you in the TV studio this week with the Word One to One?

Richard:   Well, TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network – is the world’s biggest Christian television broadcaster, and the Billy Graham Association said to them, “You really should look at the Word One to One, because no one has done anything like it.” And of course, the Word One to One doesn’t cut across anything out there because it’s about reaching people you know, colleagues in the workplace, on a one to one basis. So TBN has shown a lot of interest in it.

Grant:  Rico Tice says The Word One to One is God’s current blueprint for reaching the unchurched. Has that been your experience?

Richard:  Well, in the ten years I’ve been showing this to people, every single person has said, “Why didn’t anyone show me this before?” Every single one!

Grant:  That’s amazing…

Richard:  Damning of us, actually. Like Rico Tice said, we’re very good at running courses, we’re very, very good at what we lay on in church, but that just doesn’t reach the biblically ignorant person who, in this age, is nowhere near thinking about Christ.

Grant:  So tell us more about people’s responses over the last ten years.

Richard:  Every person responds in two ways: one, why didn’t anyone show this to me before? I had no idea the Bible said that! And then as they progress through reading John’s gospel, by the time they’re midway, they acknowledge that the evidence for Christ as God is overwhelming… irrefutable. They don’t necessarily become a Christian at that point, but there is always a realization that the gospel is utterly watertight in its evidence.

Grant:  So how does the Word One to One fit in with Christianity Explored and other such courses? Is there a synergy?

Richard:  It’s the missing element that should precede them. The evidence shows that by the time people are converted on a course like Christianity Explored, they’ve attended it three times… that’s if they bother to come back. That’s how biblically ignorant people are. But the Word One to One is a great way to introduce them, in a far more accessible way, to the Bible and Christ’s claims, after which a church course will have much greater impact.

Grant:   Am I right in understanding you’ve been recording a whole bunch of TV sessions of the Word One to One?

Richard:  Yes. TBN will be broadcasting the entire One to One series to 52 countries throughout Africa. So we’ve been shooting all 38 sessions of the Word One to One, with each being a television episode. Once they’ve been broadcast, the idea will then be to put them on our website and it will be possible to use them for outreach. But that’s just an add-on. Using the books, one on one with a friend or colleague, is how it works best.

Grant:  I’ve gone through the first book and I love it. It’s simple, easy to use, unthreatening… something I would be comfortable using with anyone from their teens through to retirement.

Richard:  I’ve seen teens, business executives and even a 93 year old woman in Australia using them effectively. Fantastic!

Grant:  The way you’ve formatted John’s gospel demystifies the Bible. I think people generally have an idea of the Bible as outdated, King Jamesy, a stuffy old book they dread opening. But the Word One to One absolutely bypasses that and – slap bang – you’ve got God speaking to you fresh.

Richard:  There are two phrases I’d encourage you to use with people: it’s socially acceptable… and it’s socially accessible. That’s clearly what the Lord has done globally by having John’s gospel presented in this way. When we Christians walk into church lovingly stroking our whopping Bibles, we’re really saying to people we have a bunch of knowledge they’ll never have. But when you share a booklet, we’re on the same level and no one’s threatened. We’ve got to have this level playing field if we’re going to engage people.

Grant:  So tell us, what do you think of South Africa?

Richard:   Oh, I love South Africa! I’m really looking forward to coming back. My problem is, this is my third visit and it really has to be my last for a while. I’m hoping that the Christian leadership in South Africa will now pick up and run with the Word One to One, which is what has happened in Australia. I’m hoping we’ll see an advisory group set up with a training director to take on the responsibility of doing here what has happened overseas.

Grant:   You’ll be visiting churches running evangelism training, showing people how to use the course, also doing outreach using it. Is that right?

Richard:   Yes, but again, I’m hoping that my trip will result in South Africa picking up on what God is doing. My next focus will be Canada.

Grant: Are you developing this ministry full time?

Richard:  No, I’m still involved in business, that’s where I get my contacts. I’m generally doing about twenty, twenty-one Word One to Ones with people I’ve met. I’m not a full-time evangelist. That’s the beauty of this course. It’s for people who are in the workplace, meeting people.

Grant:   What’s really great about the Word One to One is the price. So much coming from overseas is expensive, especially if you have to give one to somebody, like on this course. But your price will definitely help us to promote the material in South Africa.

Richard:  People spend more on the coffee, Grant! That’s part of 10ofthose Books’ principles. No one’s making money off the material. We’ve priced it so cheap that the royalties are pathetic and just go straight back into the ministry.

Grant:   We’re praying for and looking forward to your visit through September, Richard!

Richard:   Honestly, shooting 36 television episodes so far has been consuming, but at last I’m gearing up for my trip.

Whether you're 15 or 95, learn how to reach your friends and colleagues using John's Gospel in a friendly, accessible and totally unthreatening format. Best of all, learn to do it one on one! 

Richard will be in JHB between 9-11 September at the Rezolution Conference, Randburg Baptist Church and Christian Revivial Centre, Lenasia. He will be in Pietermaritzburg on 12 Sep and Durban on 13th. On 14th he'll do training in Somerset West.  On 15th there'll be an outreach in Kloof Street, a training workshop in Durbanville on the 16th, and an outreach in Tokai on 17th Sep.
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Click here to see Rico Tice explain why the Word One to One is God’s blueprint for evangelism today.

In Conversation with Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan Roberts is an author and speaker, and the Rector of St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, UK. Currently in South Africa as a keynote speaker for the GWC Reformation Symposium (29-31st Aug), he is also scheduled at various other platforms and training initiatives during his visit. 

Grant: Could you give us a heads-up on what you’ll be speaking about at GWC?

Vaughan: Well, it’s an academic conference, and they’ve got all sorts of very learned academics doing very learned academic things. I’m neither academic nor learned, so they’ve given me the topic Luther: the Man, which is gloriously open. I’ve studied Luther so much this year, but in the end I’ve focused on the particular spiritual struggles he faced. He struggled with assurance, doubt, depression and guilt throughout his life. What’s very helpful is that he reflected on that theologically. He found things that helped him which he then passed on – he was a great pastor. So I’ll be passing on some of the lessons he learned to help us engage with the spiritual struggles we face in life.

Grant: Concerning spiritual struggles, you write on the thorny issues facing us today, like the transgender and assisted suicide debates. Do these resonate in the South Africa you’re seeing?

Vaughan: Oh definitely, it’s a global world isn’t it? Wherever you are in the world, there are some currents that affect us all.

Grant: Are you speaking to these during your visit?

Vaughan: Well, just this morning at the minister’s training, we’ve been looking at what I call – picking up on A Better Story. It’s worth getting hold of.

Grant: Speaking of really fine books, when reading yours, one senses a deep compassion driving them as you engage on questions of gender and sexuality. Has the church struggled to express this compassion during the sexual revolution decades?

Vaughan: It’s hard to generalize because different Christians and churches have responded in different ways. It’s hard to get it right, so some have rather gone with the flow. I know plenty of churches who’ve just adapted to fit in with the culture. Others have been adamant that we have to take on the culture and have been quite aggressive. Others have simply withdrawn to preserve their purity. Yet we’re called to engage in a way that doesn’t compromise the truth of God – not lobbying verbal grenades from afar, but in the context of relationships. The Lord Jesus is our model. He never compromised on truth, he did not withdraw, he engaged, he got involved, he loved them… but he did call them to repent. Our temptation is to shout truth from a distance, but that’s not what the Lord Jesus did. Like him, we need to be loving, truthful, practical.

Grant: Do you enjoy writing?

Vaughan: Whenever I write a book, I always think I’m never going to do it again ‘cause it’s such hard work. But then, maybe nine months or a year later, something bubbles up that I want to get out. And that’s basically how things have developed.

Grant: Do you have a sense of your writing being a God-given calling?

Vaughan: Well, I hope so! In retrospect, after I’m done with the hard process of writing, it’s a wonderful thing. I mean, here I am in Cape Town, as a result, 6000 miles away from home. People are reading my books. I appreciate that it’s got a big reach.

Grant: In your book Faith in a Time of Crisis, you encourage those who face sexual struggles to see restraint as a gift from God, a sacrifice. Considering how far sexual licence has slid, do you think that’s a message people can embrace today?

Vaughan: It’s a huge challenge, but we don’t start there. Our message to the world is not “Deny yourself sexually”. Our message rather is about Christ, and how He’s given Himself for them. It’s only when someone considers who Christ is and what He’s done, that they’ll even consider any change that might mean denying themselves. So the no’s of the gospel flow from the yes’s. And the yes’s are God’s massive love for them.

Grant: In Assisted Suicide you warn how categorizing people – in this case, the terminally ill – has, throughout history, led to a licence to treat people differently. You mention the Holocaust. It strikes one as ironic, because so many sub-cultures today intentionally categorize themselves in order to find their identity, for example, the LGBTI groups. In our desire for equality, humanity is becoming increasingly splintered. How on earth are we going to bring humanity back to seeing itself as a whole?

Vaughan: Our identity comes from Creation. We don’t have to find an identity. But if we just emerged by accident, then of course I will latch onto anything to give myself an identity because I have no intrinsic value. So our identity mark has become hugely significant in our search for meaning. It has also become very well defended because that’s all we’ve got. And that identity has become defined by difference. But if we start with Creation, then God has already given us value by creating us in His image. We are much-loved creatures distinct from the rest of the created order. And that means that every single human being has a common humanity and a common dignity because we’re all made in the image of God. Of course there are differences, male and female, cultures, backgrounds, but fundamentally we share a common humanity. That’s how we should recognize one another, rather than emphasizing the differences. And then in Christ, there’s an even deeper connection, not just in our common humanity, but relationally when we become brothers and sisters and share a fundamental union in Him. In Christ we really find who we are… and then we find each other.

Grant Griffiths enjoyed chatting with Vaughan at CBD’s bookshop in Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town on Friday, 25th Aug.

Book Review: The Heart of Singleness

By Andrea Trevenna

Heart of Singleness, TheWhether we like it or not, Valentines Day is just around the corner, with all the emotional hype and consumerist trappings that accompany  it.  It must also be one of the hardest occasions in the year for those of us that are single, either by choice or by circumstance. And it is for this reason that we will be reviewing The Heart of Singleness today.

The world tells single women that they most need to find a guy, at least for a night. The church often seems to suggest they most need a husband. Is it really possible to be a single Christian woman and be satisfied?  Andrea Trevenna takes readers to the heart of singleness-to what our hearts need, how they feel, and the ways they can be deceived. She shows that there is a way for singleness not to be at best a quiet regret, and at worst a personal tragedy. She points to the ultimate, and only, place where anyone, single or married, finds true satisfaction-knowing, and enjoying knowing, Christ.

This book is written for single women – whatever your experience in life so far – and for friends of single women.  it will help you to listen to what your heart tells you, think about whether your heart is right and discover the place where your heart’s longing are truly met. Discover the way to be single and satisfied.

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Equip Book of the Month: January – The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Through Myshkin (the idiot of the story) Dostoyevsky depicts the complexity of the human soul, at the same time delivering a panoramic view of mid-19th-century Russian manners, morals and philosophy. The Idiot is one of the finest novels in history, perhaps the finest. In this novel, the enigma that is often referred to as ‘THE RUSSIAN SOUL’ is variously dissected through the different characters and more so by the hero of the story Prince Myshkin. In its simplest explanation, it is a soul with good intentions but faulty in executing the intentions. It is a soul in conflict, driven by the zest for life and a search of its meaning. Certainly the most Christian of Dostoyevsky’s novels, The Idiot portrays how disastrous a good life can be.

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Sex & Money – Paul Tripp

sex and money


We live in a world obsessed with finding it, passionate to enjoy it, and desperate to maintain it. Chief among such pleasures are sex and money—two pleasures unrivalled in their power to captivate our attention, demand our worship, and drive us to hide or to despair.

You don’t have to look far to see that we are in big trouble in both areas. Many of us see the battle. We feel the strain of the war. And we are eager for freedom in a world gone mad.

Seasoned counselor and pastor Paul David Tripp pulls back the curtain on the lies that surround us and on the distortions we often overlook. As Tripp thoughtfully exposes the insanity of our culture, he also wisely speaks to our own tendencies to fall prey to sexual and financial idolatry.

Sex and Money ultimately directs us to God’s Word and the liberating power of the gospel, offering real-world advice, and giving us the guidance we need to find true joy and enduring satisfaction.


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