CHRISTIANITY TODAY talks to the evangelical elder statesman about Third World Christians, charismatics, gender roles, and homosexuality.
An ambassador for Christ: While we are all called to this vocation, John Stott has fulfilled it more than most. From his base, the pulpit of All Souls Church in London, he has preached and forged evangelical alliances throughout the world. The main author of the Lausanne Covenant as well as many influential books, he has pioneered efforts to connect First World Christian resources with Third World needs. We caught up with John Stott as he visited the United States· last year to promote the ministry of the Evangelical Literature Trust, which he describes below. Since he is a former columnist for CHRISTIANITY TODAY (1977–81) and is widely recognized as one of the patriarchs of the evangelical movement, we asked him to comment on a range of issues confronting the church today.
Not many of our readers are familar with the Evangelical Literature Trust. Could you describe its mission?
ELT came into being in 1971 as a way of handling my own royalties. I then asked some friends to join me. Ifelt that there is something appropriate about recycling money earned through literature into the production and distribution of more literature, especially for the Third World. I remember a Christian youth worker in Soweto whose eyes, when I presented him with a book, filled with tears. He said it was the first Christian book he ever possessed apart from the Bible.
Our main concern is to raise the standards of discipleship by raising the standards of preaching. First, we have 10,000 graduate pastors to whom we send two books every year. Second, we have 50,000 nongraduate pastors for whom we select two much simpler ...1
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