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Collection 614 Records of the Trinary Consultation

Identifier: CN 614

Scope and Contents

Papers, recordings of meeting sessions, planning materials and other documents from the Trinary Consultation, which examined how Christians in the late twentieth century should present the Christian gospel in large urban settings. The meeting was co-sponsored by Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1985-1986

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Conference name: The Trinary Consultation

Conference venue: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Conference dates: March 14-17, 1986

Conference theme: A Consultation on Evangelizing World Class Cities

Conference background: The Trinary Committee had been formed by Moody Bible Institute (MBI), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), and the Wheaton College Graduate School (WCGS) to plan projects in which the three Chicago-area institutions could cooperate. The 1986 consultation was to be the first of these. Planning began in 1984.

Conference purpose: Study of the implications of the growth around the world of cities of four million people or more and the most effective means of Christian witness in these urban settings

Attendance figures: 136 registrants, 50 program participants, 79 students for a total of 265. Of these, 79 were from one of three sponsoring institutions.

Conference figures

Chairman of Program Committee: J. Ray Tallman (MBI)

Chairman of Findings Committee: Arthur Johnson (TEDS)

Other members of Program Committee: Wayne Dezler (TEDS), John Gration (WCGS), Jim Kraakevik (WCGS/Billy Graham Center), Melvin Lorentzen (WCGS/ Billy Graham Center)

Other member of Findings Committee: Les Keylock (MBI)

Financial support Mission leaders, people in urban ministries, pastors, professors and students were invited to attend. All except the students were charged a registration fee. The three institutional sponsors also probably gave support by providing funds and/or staff

Post-conference resources There had been discussion of publishing a book of papers from the conference, to be edited by Melvin E. Lorentzen, but this was apparently not done.


1 Boxes (DC)

41 Audio Tapes

12 Video Tapes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center 1986 and 1997 by James Kraakevik and by Melvin Lorentzen, who helped plan the meeting. Dr. Kraakevik was director and Dr. Lorentzen was associate director of the Billy Graham Center.

Accession: 86-99, 97-75

November 22, 2005

Bob Shuster

K. Haywood

Collection 614 Records of the Trinary Consultation
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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