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Collection 170 Records of the Seminar on Measuring Missions' Effectiveness

Identifier: CN 170

Scope and Contents

Sound recordings of the Seminar on Measuring Missions' Effectiveness, held in July 1982 and sponsored by the Billy Graham Center Archives. This collection consists entirely of two presentations by Donald McGavran of the Fuller School of World Missionon measuring mission effectiveness and church growth, and subsequent discussion in response to the papers. In the morning session, his topic was "Measuring Mission Effectiveness." In the afternoon, the topic was "Church Growth: The Next Step." The sound recordings 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.


  • Created: 1982

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Historical Information

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.


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


2 Audio Tapes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The sound recordings in this collection were created during the Seminar by the BGC Archives' staff. Original tapes remain in the custody of the Billy Graham Center Archives.

Accession 82-98

November 23, 1982

Robert Shuster

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 170 Records of the Seminar on Measuring Missions' Effectiveness
Bob Shuster
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US