Jeff Coleman is the Founder and Director of Firm Foundation New Zealand, a ministry that partners with New Zealand churches in the areas of conversational evangelism, inductive Bible study, expository teaching, and biblical worldview training. In addition to speaking at churches and youth groups throughout the South Island, Jeff shares the gospel in a conversational way at parks and along streets with hundreds of New Zealanders every year. Jeff has been a lawyer for 12 years and still serves part-time as an attorney in the U.S. Air Force.
Jeff is passionate about young men and women coming to faith in Christ, developing a love for daily Bible study, and building a resilient faith that is able to withstand the storms of life.
The following are talks Jeff is able to give, with one month’s notice, to youth groups, churches, Christian schools, conferences, and outreach events to non-believers. Jeff can deliver a single talk, or teach a series that builds a cumulative case for the Christian faith:
Worldviews in Conflict
In this series of talks, Jeff defines the term “worldview” and shows why thinking in terms of worldviews is so important for Christians. He outlines and explains the fundamental beliefs that lie at the core of the “culture wars” and shows how all worldviews can be generally summed up in the categories of theism, pantheism, and atheism. He explains the trend of Western civilization since the Protestant Reformation, with particular emphasis on the worldviews that now dominate New Zealand society: Secularism, Postmodernism, and the New Spirituality.
Basics of the Biblical Worldview
In this series of talks, Jeff explains the basic beliefs of biblical Christianity and shows, in the tradition of Francis Schaeffer, how the biblical worldview offers satisfying answers to the questions all human beings ask. He discusses what makes biblical Christianity unique and shows how biblical principles have shaped most of the ideas and institutions that we take for granted in New Zealand and the West.
The Reliability of Scripture
In this series of talks, Jeff attempts to answer common objections New Zealanders assert regarding the reliability of the Bible and its claim to be the inspired word of God. Jeff touches on philosophy, epistemology, archaeology, recent scholarship, and his legal training to make a clear and convincing case that the Bible is inspired, inerrant, and sufficient for all matters of life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
“What Jeff is doing is amazing! He is leading in the area of street evangelism as well as any others in our nation—because he is a competent person, his approaches are adaptable to the times, and he understands that the very definition of evangelism means to mobilise.” Dave Mann, Director – AllTogetherNZ
“Jeff is a rare and indispensable kind of man: one who unabashedly shares the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is both determinedly intentional and graciously loving. His faithfulness and courage in evangelism is both inspiring and contagious.” Christopher Neal, Law Student – Dallas, Texas
“We have been so blessed by Jeff’s ministry. His faithful teaching is Bible-based and he is truly a man on a mission. It’s inspiring to see one so passionate about God’s kingdom and fearlessly willing to go out and share the gospel with strangers, day by day!”Jeremy and Jennie Young, Friends – Dallas, Texas