Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Modesto Manifesto

During the recent trip with Dr. Raja from Alipur to the medical colleges in the North East, we were discussing about our understanding of 'mission' and whether there was a need to rethink our traditional ideas. I will postpone the details of those discussions to another post, but will mention one of the things which came up - the rules which Billy Graham and his associates made at the beginning of their ministry. I could only remember 2 and so looked it up when I came back and found they had a name - the Modesto Manifesto. You can read a more detailed account here and here. In short the four rules, his 'team' decided to follow were
1. To take a fixed salary and therefore not be concerned about the offerings at the crusades
2. Never to be alone with a woman except their respective wives
3. Never to exaggerate crusade numbers and only quote numbers provided by local government officials
4. Never to criticise local pastors or other pastors who had criticised them
Billy Graham has been such an inspirational figure in the evangelical world and I am always amazed at the simplicity of his message and the number of people whose lives were changed by his ministry. We need more of his kind in our world today.

2 comments:

  1. This is a profoundly inspiring personal blog and demonstrates the maturity and insightful perception of the author.

    The invaluable lessons learnt in his young and exemplary life have been put to outstanding use for the benefit of humanity.

    Well Done, Thou Good And Faithful Servant And May God Bless You Abundantly!

    - Philip John.

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