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LifeWay Research, Billy Graham center to release study

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Research and The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., have partnered to “facilitate the advancement of biblically faithful evangelism.”

Ed Stetzer, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research, will serve as senior fellow for the evangelism center.

During the year-long partnership, Stetzer will consult and lead the center’s Wheaton-based staff and oversee a national survey about the state of evangelism in America. The findings of this research project are slated for release at a 2016 multidenominational conference jointly hosted by the BGCE and LifeWay Research.

The BGCE, which opened in 1980, trains and provides resources for church and lay leaders to develop and mobilize Christians to share their faith and develop a lifestyle of evangelism.

Rick Richardson, professor of evangelism and leadership at Wheaton College, will work with Stetzer and LifeWay Research staff to develop the collaborative study which will examine the unchurched and churches most effectively reaching them.

“I look forward to working with Wheaton, the BGCE, and the multidenominational alliance we will form to put a greater focus on evangelism in the United States and around the world,” Stetzer said.