The Research Institute serves as a bridge between the academic and practitioner worlds, producing credible research and discussion aimed at serving and equipping church leaders.
Through hosting academic gatherings, investing in long-term research projects, and publishing critical books and articles, RI serves as a hub for evangelism and mission research.
Holding in tension both theory and practice, the Research Institute facilitates the development of research-based insights and resources that catalyze innovation and equip the Church to fruitfully respond to the challenges and opportunities it faces in evangelism and mission.
Key Projects and Initiatives
Read some of the WCBGC Research Institute’s recent work.
TO CAPTURE THE STORIES OF THE JESUS PEOPLE MOVEMENT,
the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center partnered with the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today to interview those who experienced the revivals first-hand. With over sixty interviews, this oral history of the movement aims to help people understand what it felt like to be in the midst of such a dynamic and complex movement.
Formation for Mission
Created in partnership with the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, Formation for Mission is a research-informed guide that empowers those working with Christian adolescents and young adults, blending theological insights and practical advice to nurture their spiritual growth and mission-driven purpose in today’s world.
You Found Me
Researcher and practitioner Rick Richardson unveils the findings of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Research Institute’s innovative studies on the unchurched.
Session 1: Contending for the Gospel Truth in an Age of Radical Subjectivism
In this session, apologists and academics Sam Chan and John Dickson tackle the challenge of truth in our society which is increasingly defined by the personal and subjective. The aim of this session is to help thoughtful Christian leaders understand not only the challenges posed by subjectivism and the loss of truth but the opportunities that arise for the gospel.
Session 2: Contending for Gospel Mission in Christian Leadership
In this session, Gavin Ortlund and K.A. Ellis address the key need for Christian leadership at the core of our mission. This session aims to help leaders understand how to build unity around a shared vision before turning to the necessary courage for pastors in facing an increasingly divisive and polarized world.
Session 3: Contending for Gospel Imagination in the Public Square
In this session, Karen Swallow Prior outlines the importance of Gospel Imagination in how we understand and engage the public square. In aim of this session is to help leaders understand the ways culture and society informs our ideological division, rethinking the ways we use language to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel.
Session 4: Contending for the Gospel Mission in this Generation
In this session, Alan Noble and Charlie Dates will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities that face the next generation of Christians as they emerge to shape and advance gospel mission. The aim of this session is to help leaders understand the values and tensions that animate the next generation, providing leaders with tools not only to reach but equip and empower young voices to advance gospel mission.