Church growth specialist Paul Benjamin has been appointed executive director of the American Festival of Evangelism, a July 1981 evangelism strategy session sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Benjamin, the director of the National Church Growth Center in Washington, D.C., has written extensively and directed seminars on the subject of church growth.
New Miss America Cheryl Prewitt of Ackerman, Mississippi, professes a born-again faith, which she says was strengthened by miraculous healings of her left leg, shattered in an auto accident. Prewitt, 22, a gospel music composer and singer, says she won’t use her position to proselytize, but will have no qualms about discussing her Christian faith.
Stacking Sandbags against a Conservative Flood
Evangelicals for Social Action, a small group of politically moderate-to-liberal Christians, huddled last month to map plans for a modest counterattack on the formidable conservative barrage that is shaping up this election season.
(The ESA calls itself “Christians committed to justice and liberty,” and has its headquarters in Philadelphia. ESA president Ron Sider, Eastern Baptist seminary professor perhaps best known for his book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, heads a 40-member board of directors that includes college, denominational, and political figures. The fledgling organization recently began publishing a series of tracts on justice issues that will be made available to churches, and will sponsor workshops to train local pastors for “social justice ministries.”)
Since its formation in 1973, ESA has attempted to prod evangelicals to turn from a largely passive approach to society to an active effort to influence it. This, it acknowledges ruefully, is now ...1
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