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The Billy Graham Method

John WesleyI believe that John Wesley would have been amazed at the potential for church growth available through the media, the internet and television today. But is something lost over the airways? Is the personal touch lacking? Is not a personal relationship essential in evangelism? Whenever the word evangelism is used, we think of Billy Graham at the podium expounding the Scripture on a late evening TV program. In years gone by, we would have recalled the itinerant faith healer in his expensive looking suit in a large striped tent on the parking lot at the local mall. The term "evangelist" conjures up so many different ideas centering around performance and the "big show" which in some ways is akin to the Circus or even "Cirque du Soleil" entertainment today.✞

Television Churches

Crusade EvangelismWhile many of these gifted men of God like Graham or Wesley performed an effective ministry within the church as a whole, the big flaw that people like Dr. Graham is quick to acknowledge is that very often they did not build up the local church as they should have. More often they tended to construct mini-churches where followers never met each other, their collection went in the mailbox, and they worshiped in the living room in front of the TV. For this reason, Billy Graham invariably concluded his broadcasts with, "Be sure to go to church this Sunday." I know that in his heart evangelism church growth is his great desire for the local church.✞

"Evangelism Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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