Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6.
- We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15.
- We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore we believe that God will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell. Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the church. 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23.
- We believe that the ministry of evangelism (sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation only possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (helping followers of Christ grow up into maturity in Christ) is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15.
- We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26- 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.
- We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism. Matthew 9:35-38, 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.
- We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen. Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Pray regularly for fellow Volunteers, Billy Graham Library staff, leadership and the Library ministry.
- Interact with Guests in a Christian and professional manner so that their hearts are open to the Holy Spirit.
- Follow the guidelines of each individual position description.
- Adhere to the guidelines and resources approved by BGEA when responding to Guest inquiries about the Library and the Graham family.
- Be attentive to any issues that could impact the Guest experience, including safety, security, Library presentations or Guest concerns.
Skills and Abilities
- Able to articulate the principles of the Christian Life and Witness Course;
- Enjoy working with the public and possess good people skills;
- Demonstrated ability to readily and consistently engage individual guests in an articulate, enthusiastic and personable manner;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, concisely and respectfully;
- Excellent personal grooming and appearance and willingness to dress in BGEA Library approved apparel in order to complement positive guest interaction;
- Able to be at assigned work station for extended periods (break included);
- Provide own transportation to and from the Billy Graham Library.
- Commitment to Christ: Volunteers should have a Christian testimony and be able to clearly articulate their own personal conversion and testimony.
- Commitment to the Local Church: Volunteers must be a part of a body of believers that can provide support and encouragement. Involvement with the Billy Graham Library may provide spiritual growth and fellowship, but in no way should participation with the Library be seen as a substitute for commitment to a local church.
- Commitment to the Billy Graham Library: Volunteers should possess a passion for evangelism and a desire to help people begin a relationship with Jesus Christ; must agree with the BGEA statement of faith.
- Commitment to work with others from different Christian traditions: The Billy Graham Library draws its support from people in many different Churches; therefore Volunteers must be able to work with Christians from various denominations.
- Commitment to a balanced Christian Lifestyle: Volunteers must be committed to a balanced Christian lifestyle which includes: maturity, emotional stability, healthy interpersonal relationships, stable and Biblically based living situation and must be a good representative of Christ in both public and private life.
- Commitment to Teamwork: Volunteers must adhere to the appropriate position description at all times, exhibiting a Christian attitude and a servant’s heart; enjoy working with people and have good people skills.
- Commitment to cooperate with The Billy Graham Library staff: Volunteers must adhere to agreed schedules and tasks, and must cooperate with volunteer program supervision.
- Volunteers must also:
- Be at least 16 years of age or older
- Live in Charlotte, N.C. or the surrounding areas
- Have visited the Library, including taking a Journey of Faith tour
- Commit to serve a minimum of 12 hours per month. If employed full-time, the requirement is 8 hours per month and may be completed in two 4-hour shifts on separate days or one 8 hour shift. Volunteers are welcome to serve as often as they like
- Agree to at least a 6 month commitment (3 months for summer applicants)
- Provide own transportation to and from the Library
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Submit to pastoral and personal reference checks
- Agree to sign the Volunteer Agreement form
- Must have a Christian testimony and be able to clearly articulate their own personal conversion testimony
- Agree with BGEA’s Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct
- Attend an On-Site Training day
- Complete a Christian Life and Witness Course