The addition of a new meeting space at the Library
As construction is nearly completed on the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center, construction will start on The Journey of Faith tour after Christmas.
The Journey of Faith retraces Billy Graham’s journey from a dairy farm to sharing the Gospel with some 215 million people in 185 countries and territories through evangelistic events.
Since the Library opened in 2007, technology has “leapfrogged,” Scott Holmquist, executive director of the Billy Graham Library, confirmed, explaining the reason for the Library’s refresh. New technology, he said, will help clearly communicate how God used Billy Graham to draw many to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
As part of the refresh, a new section about Billy Graham’s homegoing on February 21, 2018 and surrounding memorial events will be added to The Journey of Faith.
Continuing to proclaim the Gospel through every effective means is integral to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s mission.
“We want to continue using not only every available means but every contemporary avenue available to communicate the Gospel because then, the medium is transparent,” Holmquist explained.
These changes include LED lighting, modern screens and more. What stands out is not the medium—but the message.
New Meeting & Training Space
Under construction off the side of the Library’s Dairy Bar is an additional room for group training or meals. Three hundred people will be able to sit [theater style] for trainings or 160 people can dine at tables.
And while new construction is exciting—with bricks, technical changes and more—it’s merely a means to the end, said Holmquist. The end goal is delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping others to share their faith.
“There are few places that present the Gospel [and] give an opportunity to respond and invite Jesus Christ into your life,” he said. “That’s what makes the Billy Graham Library very unique.
“Our prayer and our goal is that transformation of the heart that only God does.”
The Library refresh will be a good reason to invite someone who doesn’t know Christ, he emphasized.
“Don’t just come because you’ve been before and it’s new,” Holmquist urged. “Come because it’s an opportunity to invite somebody to something new.”