Fueling gospel and organizational momentum
When we talk about evangelism we tend to use words like “share” and “spread” and even “explosion.” It’s no coincidence that all of these words suggest momentum. The gospel always moves with a sense of excitement, as people who have seen its transforming power can’t help but share the Good News.
As the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill, Dr. Ed Stetzer now serves as executive director of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE) as chair of the Evangelism & Leadership Program in the Wheaton College Graduate School and as publisher of Evangelical Missions Quarterly. In these roles, he is ﬁrsthand witness to the ways the momentum surrounding the gospel accomplishes great things, both around the school and within the organization he leads. Previously, he served as executive director of LifeWay Research.
Laura Leonard spoke with Stetzer about his leadership role, about momentum he’s seeing around the spread of the gospel worldwide and about building and maintaining momentum as an organizational leader.
Tell me about your role at Wheaton and the work of the BGCE.
I hold the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, so I teach, write and do research on church and culture to better prepare people to engage the cultural moment we’re in. Part of that role includes the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, which does conferences and training. It also includes a series of institutes, from the Institute for Prison Ministries to church evangelism initiatives, so there are several different initiatives that ﬁt under that as well.
What momentum are you seeing as it relates to the advance …