Billy Graham Center

Records of the Seminar on Measuring Missions' Effectiveness - Collection 170

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background on the Seminar for Measuring Missions' Effectiveness

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Other Information Which Will Be Helpful to the User of This Guide

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
Tapes of a session sponsored by the Archives of the Billy Graham Center at which Dr. Donald McGavran and others discussed ways for determining if missions are accomplishing their goals.

Collection 170 [March 7, 2001]
Seminar on Measuring Missions' Effectiveness; 1982
Records; 1982
2 Reels of Audio Tape


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Historical Background

On July 2, 1982, the Archives of the Billy Graham Center sponsored a meeting of persons involved in overseas mission work to discuss what means could and should be used to determine if a mission is reaching its goal of spreading the gospel. The meeting was intended as a very informal one where persons of varying experience and background could exchange ideas. Professors of missiology from Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Divinity School, and the Wheaton College Graduate School were invited, as were executives from mission boards located in the area, including the North American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, Slavic Gospel Mission, Greater Europe Mission, the Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association, and the Evangelical Mission Information Service. Representatives from other missions were invited but were unable to come. At the suggestion of Dr. John Gration, professor in the Wheaton College Graduate School and moderator a the meeting, a few local pastors were also invited.

Dr. Donald McGavran of the Fuller School of World Mission delivered the two papers at the meeting, which served as the focuses for discussion. In the morning session, his topic was "Measuring Mission Effectiveness." In the afternoon, the topic was "Church Growth: The Next Step."

Scope and Content

This collection consists entirely of the tapes made of the McGavran talks and the discussion periods that followed. The tapes are often very hard to understand, particularly during question and answer periods. Topics covered during the seminar include contextualization, Christianity and communism, and mission work in India and the Philippines.



These tapes were made of the session by the archival staff.

Accession 82-98
November 23, 1982
Robert Shuster
J. Nasgowitz


9:00 - Welcome by Robert Shuster, Director of Archives

9:10 - Introduction by John Gration

9:20 - Paper by Dr. Donald A. McGavran: "Measuring Effectiveness in Christian Missions"

10:15 - Coffee Break

10:30 - Discussion

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Paper by Dr. Donald A. McGavran: "Church Growth: The Next Step"

2:00 - Discussion

2:45 - Concluding Remarks by John Gration



Donald Brugman, Greater Europe Mission

A. J. Classen, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

Peter Deyneka, Jr., Slavic Gospel Association

Heinrick Eiler, Hope United Presbyterian Church, Wheaton

Henry Erickson, Wheaton Bible Church

Virgil Gerber, Evangelical Missions Information Service

John Gration, Graduate School, Wheaton College

David Hoffer, Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association

Donald McGavran, Fuller School of World Missions

Lois McKinney, Graduate School, Wheaton College

Ron Salzman, North American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions

David Shoemaker

Robert Shuster, Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College

J. Ray Tallman, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

John Thompson, Billy Graham Center Library, Wheaton College

Timothy Warner, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield

Accession 82-98
Type of material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE. Request by the T# at the beginning of each entry below.

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 speed. Recorded on both sides. Beginning of seminar: McGavran's paper, "Measuring Effectiveness in Christian Missions," followed by discussion period.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 speed. Recorded on both sides. Conclusion of seminar: discussion period, McGavran's paper, "Church Growth: The Next Step," discussion period.

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