John Burke visiting SA to teach on reaching post-modern, post-Christian culture

John Burke.
John Burke.

How do you introduce Jesus to spiritually skeptical people in a post-modern, post-Christian culture?

John Burke, a US Christian leader and author who has helped thousands of such people become Christ followers will be in South Africa in May to share his unique approach to evangelism that reaches the ‘ugly and unlovely’ who most of us avoid.

Burke’s “No Perfect People” teaching sessions will be a great opportunity for small groups and church leadership teams to consider an evangelism model which does not judge unbelievers or compromise the Gospel, said Janine Couchman, Executive Manager of Willow Creek SA, which is hosting the events.

Burke was a speaker at the Global Leadership Summit in 2008, where he spoke about ‘Leading in a New Reality/Culture’. He was a staff member at Willow Creek, USA, before he and his wife Kathy planted Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas in 2008. Since then Gateway has grown to over 4 500 members, made up mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway.

He is the author of the famous “No perfect people allowed” plus “Soul Revolution” and his newest release “Mud and the Masterpiece”. He is also the founder and president of Gateway Leadership Initiative (formerly Emerging Leadership Initiative), a non-profit organisation working to help church planting pastors and ordinary Christians “raise the church out of the culture” around the world.  Burke has spoken in fifteen countries to over 20 000 church leaders and Christians about reaching a post-modern, post-Christian culture.

His itinerary in South Africa is:

Thursday, May 23 – East London – Stirling Baptist Church – 5.30pm to 9pm
Saturday, May 25, Cape Town – Jubilee Community Church – 9am to 1pm
Tuesday, May 28 – Durban – Kloof Harvest Church – 5.30pm to 9pm
Saturday, June 1, Johannesburg – New Life Church – 9am to 1pm.

You can register for an event online at or call 012 664 4688 for more information or to register.