Author and Christian apologist Lee Strobel along with colleagues at Houston Baptist University announced this week that in response to an increasing tide of skepticism in the U.S. they are launching the Center for American Evangelism program and initiative.
“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,” Strobel said in a statement released exclusively to The Christian Post. “At many churches, reaching spiritually lost people falls to the bottom of their priorities.
“This is a crisis we need to confront — urgently!”
Strobel said that with long-time colleagues Mark Mittelberg and Garry Poole, and under the leadership of HBU President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., they hope to address these challenges with the Center for American Evangelism.
“The Center will focus on how to reach increasingly skeptical North America with the Gospel,” Strobel stated. “That’s because this is a unique mission field with its own particular set of challenges. We’ll let experts on other cultures concentrate on reaching those places for Christ, while we try our best to help Christians share and defend the faith in the arena we’re most familiar with.”
Mittelberg, who will be executive director of the center, said: “Every Christian leader knows that reaching people with the Gospel should be at the top of our priorities. Jesus made that clear right before his ascension, when he told us in Matthew 28:18-20 to ‘go into all the world and make disciples.’ But keeping that as our central focus is not easy to do. It takes regular reminders, constant motivation, ongoing course corrections, and a strong dose of courage — along with lots of practical ideas and training.
“That is why we feel so strongly about the need for this newly formed Center for American Evangelism. We want to be a catalyst for evangelism, partnering with churches and leaders to provide inspiration, ideas, strategic training events and classes, as well as fresh curricula, in order to equip all of us to better reach our world for Christ. The need is great, the opportunity is ripe — and we’re confident that many more people can be reached as, together, we reprioritize the central mission of the Christian church.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post