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For Everything There Is a Time of Change: A Few Notes on the Reorganization of the Billy Graham Center

Dear Friends,

While moving forward in ministry, this past year at the Billy Graham Center has also been one of prayerfully discerning God’s will for the future. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing the significant legacy of preparing and training God’s people to fulfill their evangelism callings. Our new name, the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE), more strongly connects us with that one passion: to train the Church for credible gospel witness.

How significant is this need, you might ask? According to the Barna Group, “Only half (52%) of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs, in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.” In other words, half of the Church is in the habit of hiding its gospel witness under the proverbial basket.

Furthermore, today’s changing world poses formidable obstacles to evangelism. Multiculturalism, secularism, Islam, nominal Christianity, and the perennial problem of fear are just a few challenges that stand in our way. Amidst these complexities, the BGCE is dedicated to centering the Church on gospel witness in a variety of ways, including:

  • Our Evangelizing Churches catalyzes outreach by convening “support and accountability” groups (cohorts) of pastors who meet together monthly in order to sharpen the evangelistic edge of the churches in which they serve.

  • Our Evangelism Initiative helps Christian colleges and universities integrate faith in the exercise of learning. This allows students to segue naturally and winsomely from a discussion of one’s academic discipline to the gospel.

  • Our Evangel-vision blog inspires and equips followers of Jesus through stories and teachings how to share their faith with others. This collective of over 40 evangelism and church leaders is a representation of what witness looks like in diverse contexts.

  • Our Witnessing to Muslims DVD Training Series prepares churches and Christian groups throughout North America to successfully share their faith with Muslims. The DVD offers tools to engage different types of Muslims in conversation and friendship.

 

Moving forward, the BGCE will be completely dedicated to evangelism training. Because of this, a few departments which have historically been more peripheral to this focus have been moved to other parts of Wheaton College’s campus. A number of ministries (Muslim, multicultural, strategic evangelism, and prison) will continue under the BGCE.

Additionally, the MA in Evangelism and Leadership and MA in Missional Church Movements programs will be joining the BGCE, further establishing us as leaders in evangelism training. We have also begun the search for our new executive director.

We are eager and enthusiastic about the future, and excited to be on this journey with you. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

For Christ and his kingdom,

paulPaul Ericksen
Interim Executive Director
Billy Graham Center

For Everything There Is a Time of Change: A Few Notes on the Reorganization of the Billy Graham Center

Dear Friends,

While moving forward in ministry, this past year at the Billy Graham Center has also been one of prayerfully discerning God’s will for the future. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing the significant legacy of preparing and training God’s people to fulfill their evangelism callings. Our new name, the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE), more strongly connects us with that one passion: to train the Church for credible gospel witness.

How significant is this need, you might ask? According to the Barna Group, “Only half (52%) of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs, in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.” In other words, half of the Church is in the habit of hiding its gospel witness under the proverbial basket.

Furthermore, today’s changing world poses formidable obstacles to evangelism. Multiculturalism, secularism, Islam, nominal Christianity, and the perennial problem of fear are just a few challenges that stand in our way. Amidst these complexities, the BGCE is dedicated to centering the Church on gospel witness in a variety of ways, including:

  • Our Evangelizing Churches catalyzes outreach by convening “support and accountability” groups (cohorts) of pastors who meet together monthly in order to sharpen the evangelistic edge of the churches in which they serve.

  • Our Evangelism Initiative helps Christian colleges and universities integrate faith in the exercise of learning. This allows students to segue naturally and winsomely from a discussion of one’s academic discipline to the gospel.

  • Our Evangel-vision blog inspires and equips followers of Jesus through stories and teachings how to share their faith with others. This collective of over 40 evangelism and church leaders is a representation of what witness looks like in diverse contexts.

  • Our Witnessing to Muslims DVD Training Series prepares churches and Christian groups throughout North America to successfully share their faith with Muslims. The DVD offers tools to engage different types of Muslims in conversation and friendship.

 

Moving forward, the BGCE will be completely dedicated to evangelism training. Because of this, a few departments which have historically been more peripheral to this focus have been moved to other parts of Wheaton College’s campus. A number of ministries (Muslim, multicultural, strategic evangelism, and prison) will continue under the BGCE.

Additionally, the MA in Evangelism and Leadership and MA in Missional Church Movements programs will be joining the BGCE, further establishing us as leaders in evangelism training. We have also begun the search for our new executive director.

We are eager and enthusiastic about the future, and excited to be on this journey with you. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

For Christ and his kingdom,

paulPaul Ericksen
Interim Executive Director
Billy Graham Center