Tuttle introduces the reader to the broad sweep of the church's witness to the gospel. The familiar figures are all here - Paul, Patrick, Boniface, Columba, Luther, Wesley, Carey, and the like. Yet Tuttle kws that the story of the church's ministry of evangelism has been a world-wide endeavor, drawing on the talents and commitment of women as well as men, lesser-kwn figures as well as famous ones. And so this is the first history of evangelism to tell the story from a truly global and inclusive perspective. Tuttle organizes his material into particular historical periods or moments, introducing each one by way of three points of presentation. First, he tells the setting, the various cultural factors (social, political, religious, and the like) relevant to establishing the need for evangelism in that time and place. Next he introduces the speaker, an evangelist uniquely fitted to present the word of the gospel to the time under consideration. Finally he assesses the impact of the speaker and others who ministered in that context. Here, he discusses the results of the overall evangelistic effort - some well done, some t so well done - and points toward the needs and context of the next period.
Robert G Tuttle, Jr is professor of evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, USA. He is the author of numerous books, including Can We Talk?