Who We Are
Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
Developing and mobilizing Christ-followers for individual and corporate witness.
Our passion is training, resourcing, and mobilizing Christ-followers to be engaging and bold in making Christ known and in leading others to make Christ known.
Our training takes on a number of forms: teaching and preaching in churches, classroom, and conference settings; providing online and print evangelism training tools; and mentoring one-on-one and in group contexts. We also offer Masters-level studies in evangelism and leadership and missional church movements through the Wheaton College Graduate School.
We train those in leadership roles (pastors, directors, heads of organizations, emerging student leaders), as well as Christians of all ages and walks of life in direct response to the New Testament command that all believers are to be Christ's witnesses in the world.
Christ is the center of our message. Our efforts are grounded in salvation through Christ alone, forgoing non-essential issues that will distract us from the simple and honest gospel message.
Christ is also the very model we seek to emulate as we go about this. The incarnate Christ displayed attributes we seek to follow as we witness. The message he proclaimed was enriched by the character he manifested and the compassionate deeds he performed.
Our desire is to see every person sharing Jesus with those who don't know him. Our allegiance is to our Lord and his call to us. We seek to help believers overcome obstacles and confidently share the good news about Jesus with others.
Our skilled staff and faculty have trained thousands to share their faith effectively. Topics of expertise include evangelism leadership, developing evangelistic churches, Muslim and multicultural evangelism, witness and evangelism in the marketplace, evangelism in prison contexts, and developing personal evangelism resources.
Why We Exist
The need to equip the Church in the area of gospel witnessing is great: A recent Barna poll showed that only 73% of born-again Christians believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith verbally. Additionally, only 52% actually did share their faith verbally in the past year.
We have been given the command to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19) and we have each been called to go in Jesus' name (John 20:20-21), filled with the indwelling Holy Spirit. We also face challenges—fear of knowing how to share our faith verbally, fear of being judged by others, pressure to operate in the marketplace and the workplace in ways inconsistent with the gospel, and cultural and linguistic barriers, to name a few. The BGCE is committed to helping Christians overcome these barriers and train them to witness to their faith in a manner that has Christ as both the subject and the model of authentic gospel witness.