Persecution, Perseverance, and the Key to Sustaining Faith

Persecution, Perseverance, and the Key to Sustaining Faith

Sept. 23, 2022 Karen Ellis

How have ancient and contemporary saints persevered under anti-Christian hostility? Is there a common denominator to the invisible Church’s faithfulness throughout the ages? K.A. Ellis shares stories, discusses stealth methodologies, and points the way to the Sustainer of faith. Join Karen for this casual and private talk about the persecuted and persevering Church, and what we can learn today to prepare for a stealthy, costly, and productive Christianity.

Running Time: 52 minutes


Karen Ellis: So I’ve been tasked with talking to you this afternoon about what are the ingredients that make up this thing we call “sustaining faith.” And what is the power in this sort of thing?

My brother mentioned that my husband and I are part of an educational center that is done out of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and it’s called the Edmiston Center. At the Edmiston Center we study how Christians in history and in the contemporary world live with different levels of restricted religious freedom.

You might have gotten this in your welcome bag. The Edmiston Center helps Christians, pastors, leaders, lay people understand how Christians persevere under hard circumstances. And that can be anything from soft marginalization all the way to outright persecution.

We’re trying to move from advocacy to education because there’s a really amazing thing happening in and through the Church …

About the Speaker

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis is the Director of the Edmiston Center at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, where she teaches practical theology courses on Christian endurance in the face of cultural hostility. She holds master’s degrees from Yale University and Westminster Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. Since 2003, she has worked as an advocate for the global persecuted Church, raising awareness and promoting indigenous leadership in countries where Christianity is restricted or repressed. Karen is married to Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr., a Professor of Theology and Culture at RTS.