Hunger Grows as Billy Graham's Mission in San Diego Nears
- Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Dr. Billy Graham will speak during each program during the May 8-11 event at Qualcomm Stadium, except the Kidz Mix. In addition, Rolf Benirschke and Evelyn Husband (wife of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband) will share their testimonies.
Artists such as Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Salvador, Jaci Velasquez, The Gaither Vocal Band and Kirk Franklin are slated to perform.
About Billy Graham Missions
Every evangelistic mission conducted by Rev. Graham is the result of a cooperative effort involving the evangelist, his team and many local Christians and churches. He is invited by clergy and laity who have banded together because of the common desire to reach their community with the Christian message.
After the place and dates are confirmed, a BGEA staff member is assigned to the city as Mission Director. He opens an office, assists local committees and generally gives leadership in organizing the mission. The size of the in-city staff varies with each mission as does the period of preparation, which is usually between eight and 12 months.
Volunteer workers make up the vast majority of personnel required to organize and prepare for a mission. Only a very small number of mission staff are salaried. All committee members donate their time and talents to the mission. It has been estimated that if volunteers were not available, it would require thousands of staff persons to conduct a Graham mission. In every mission, an Executive Committee composed of local clergy and laity is the incorporated policy-making body.
The mission office remains open for several months after the final meeting to assist in activities and continued counseling. One major responsibility is to help the Follow-up Committee in its varied efforts to assure that each inquirer is incorporated into a local church.
The primary objective of any Billy Graham mission is to bring uncommitted individuals into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and firmly establish them in a local church.
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