Evangelism Initiative Seeks to Mobilize 1 Million Believers
Dr. Ed Stetzer Joins Team Training & Deploying 1,000,000 Graduates to Share Christ in Their Sphere of Influence.
Wheaton College has announced Dr. Ed Stetzer has been appointed to a newly created chair, The Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism. In this role, he has been named Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College (BGCE).
“Ed Stetzer is a dynamic communicator and brilliant researcher who brings a genuine knowledge of the gospel and a deep understanding of contemporary culture to his new place of service,” says Wheaton College President Philip Ryken. “His work at Wheaton College will help raise up a new generation of passionate, generous-hearted evangelists who make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. It will also help Wheaton build stronger networks with churches across America and around the world.”
The Evangelism Initiative at Wheaton College began with the recognition that the heritage of making the love of God known to others is a value that must be passed on to each generation. Other Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools are beginning to adopt the Evangelism Initiative on their own respective campuses. Together the schools in the CCCU graduate roughly 100,000 graduates a year yet today only roughly 52% of Christians report sharing their faith last year. Through this initiative the Evangelism Institute hopes to deploy 1,000,000 students to make Christ known to those in their spheres of influence and significantly impact the world for Christ.
"The spiritual climate of the United States is much different than when my grandfather began his evangelistic ministry in 1947," said Will Graham, Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "We are now a post-Christian country, one in which an increasing number of people consider themselves atheist or "unaffiliated." More than ever, it is imperative that we be strategic, focused and intentional in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that has lost its way and is yearning for hope in the midst of despair and chaos.
We look forward to Dr. Stetzer's leadership and guidance in charting the path forward, raising up a new generation of enthusiastic evangelists to proclaim the love of Jesus - just as my grandfather did for more than six decades."