Why We Exist
Purpose: The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College exists to Accelerate Global Evangelism.
Vision: We envision every believer everywhere making Jesus Christ known until he returns.
Mission: To fulfill this goal, we commit to equip, inspire, and guide Christian leaders, churches, and organizations to fulfill their evangelism calling.
The Billy Graham Center opened in 1980 through the collaboration of Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Mr. Graham sought to develop a center for strategic planning, inspiration, and preparation of leaders to fuel the evangelism mission of the Church in the world. After completing two global conferences (Berlin 1966 and Lausanne 1974), he was convinced of the need for an institution to continually stimulate and accelerate the Great Commission.
Wheaton College shared his vision and together they birthed and resourced the Billy Graham Center. In his dedication address, Mr. Graham stated his vision that the BGC would be a "world hub of inspiration, research, preaching, and training that will glorify Christ and serve every church and organization in preaching and teaching the gospel to the world."
Our Ministry/ What We Do
Training leaders, promoting collaboration, and earned trust from other Christian ministries give us a unique position as a nexus for missional thinking and action. Our 10 departments and staff of nearly 25 Accelerate Global Evangelism by focusing efforts in three strategic areas:
- Equipping Center – The BGC is a training center offering teaching, expertise, and research to the worldwide church. Staff are proven leaders in the fields of evangelism and missions who bring scholarship and experience to the global evangelism and mission world through training, writing, and mentoring. In addition, the core resources of the BGC archives, library, and museum combined with the Wheaton College Graduate School faculty make the BGC a leading center of training in evangelism and missions.
- Nerve Center - We initiate and support collaborative networks which advance the Kingdom of God. Examples are: the Ethnic America Network, US Lausanne/Mission America Coalition, the Internet Evangelism Network, the Coalition of Muslim Ministries in America and more. We understand the power of the Church unified for evangelism, and that together we can do more than any one agency can do
- Inspiration Center - The building’s stature and resources, along with the inspirational nature of the Museum of Evangelism accentuate the primacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is often a meeting place of the evangelical missional movements. Ministry leaders from around the world have found inspiration and been infused with hope at the BGC.