We are facing a crisis in America. Skepticism is rising. Too many young people are leaving the faith. Few Christians are able to effectively share Jesus with others. At many churches, reaching spiritually lost people falls to the bottom of their priorities.
This is a crisis we need to confront — urgently!
In my recent “Investigating Faith” newsletter, I said there was a big announcement coming. Well, here it is: we are forming the Center for American Evangelism at Houston Baptist University. Along with my long-time colleagues Mark Mittelberg and Garry Poole, and under the leadership of HBU President Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr., we’re launching an exciting new initiative to address these challenges.
Our mission is to bring leadership, vision, innovation, and training to students, pastors, church leaders, and congregations throughout our nation, to help us all regain our focus and passion for fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
We will accomplish this through numerous strategic efforts: forums for pastors; classes for students; conferences and seminars for church leaders; simulcasts to churches; newsletters and social media; and new curricula that will bring fresh vision and training to Christians and churches all over America.
Said international evangelist Luis Palau:
“I am thrilled to hear about the Center for American Evangelism being launched at HBU, and I wholeheartedly support its leaders — Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, and Garry Poole. They love the Lord, they’re passionate about reaching people for Him, and they are strategic in helping others do the same. I’m confident God will use this new venture in great ways!”
Thank you for your prayers. I’ll keep you posted as the Center develops!
Author of The Case for Christ and Professor of Christian Thought at HBU
P.S. Jesus said in Matthew 9, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Thanks for your help in launching this ministry and equipping more workers to reach people for Chris