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Collection 595 Records of Congress '88

Identifier: CN 595

Scope and Contents

Audio tapes of numerous sessions from Congress '88, touching on a wide variety of topics related to evangelism and missions.

Series: Audio tape recordings

Arrangement: Tapes were received in vinyl cases each already numbered. The archivist kept the same order and labeled the tape sequentially.

Date Range: 1988-1988

Volume: 161 cassette tapes (0.91 cubic feet)

Type of documents: Recordings of the plenary and workshop sessions of Congress 88, That the World May Know.

Subjects: Evangelism and missions.

Notes: There are ten vinyl cases holding sixteen tapes each and one loose tape (T161) in this collection. Additional information on Congress 88 is located in Collection 13, box 76, folder 20. There are no tapes for several sessions.


  • Created: 1988

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Historical Information

Conference name: Congress 88

Conference venue: Rosemont Horizon Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago)

Conference dates: August 4-7, 1988

Conference theme: That the World May Believe

Conference background After two years of discussion by national leaders in Christian evangelism connected with the Washington Roundtable on Evangelism, a special meeting was called on June 20, 1985, in Chicago. Seventy-six church leaders representing thirty-eight Christian communities met and voted to proceed with the initial preparation of Congress 88. On December 11, 1985, at the annual meeting of the Washington Roundtable on Evangelism, the Directors of Evangelism affirmed the June 20th decision and voted in (effective January 1, 1986) a Board of Directors with and Executive Director, to establish an office, and to accept a budget.

Conference purpose:

1. To celebrate Jesus Christ as Savior and Sovereign for American and for the world.

2. To challenge churches to demonstrate God’s love by responding to the needs of society today.

3. To demonstrate American churches’ unity of purpose to reach the 90 million unchurched persons in the USA.

4. To provide inspiration, instruction, and motivation for American churches to gather the harvest for God’s kingdom in the USA.

Attendance figures: 15,000 Christian church leaders

Board of Directors:

President: Grady Allison

Vice President: Marie Van Antwerpen

Secretary: Ernest A. Miller

Treasurer: Alvin Illig

Member-at-large: Weptanomah Carter

Program: Eddie Fox

Executive Director: Paul Benjamin


161 Audio Tapes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives in 1989.

Accession: 89-39

June 16, 2005

Wayne D. Weber

E. Kuehn

Collection 595 Records of Congress '88
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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