What’s happening to Christianity in America? Why is there so much controversy in the churches and so little effective proclamation of the Gospel? How can American evangelicals be mobilized to take better advantage of spiritual opportunities?

These are some of the important questions that will be up for discussion when 8,000 persons meet in Minneapolis September 8–13 for the first interdenominational U. S. Congress on Evangelism. It promises to be a historic assembly, and many are hoping and praying that God will use it to challenge the American Christian community to a great new offensive.

“Lay men and women are waiting for leadership,” says Billy Graham, honorary chairman. “They are ready to become involved.” Sensing the acute need for leadership development, congress planners have put the teaching function prominently in the purpose. Dr. Victor B. Nelson, executive secretary, states that prime emphasis will also be given to youth and ethnic-group representation.

“Lutheran Hour” speaker Oswald C. J. Hoffmann, chairman of a 53-member national committee, has said, “We desire at this time to bear a solid demonstrable witness to the central fact that personal faith in Jesus Christ is the way of salvation to all who will believe and receive him. We are seeking a more urgent declaration of the Gospel to our generation and reestablishment of the original strategy for universal evangelism—the witnessing church.”

Hoffmann also called for stimulation of Christians “to mount a vigorous attack upon the Satanic forces which produce misery, inequity, emptiness and all other evils in our society. Our goal is to lift both the spiritual and temporal burdens of man.”

More than 100 American denominations will be represented at the Minneapolis ...

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