Reaching one billion souls for Christ is no longer too big a dream, according to a coalition of international Christian leaders. Next month, the supporters of the Billion Soul Campaign, will come closer to fulfilling that dream with the first-ever Global Church Planting Congress.
"This is the largest global thrust in Church history," said John Maxwell, chair of the Global Pastors Network that is organizing the effort.
Hundreds of leaders representing 80 international ministries - including the Global Pastors Network, Youth With a Mission, Campus Crusade for Christ, God.tv, Assemblies of God, and the Southern Baptist Convention - will take part in the Global Congress, slated for Sept. 19-21 in Dallas, Texas.
The Congress is part of a larger Billion Soul Campaign that began as a tribute to the late Dr. Bill Bright, the co-founder of the Global Pastors Network and founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Dr. Bright is seen by some as the world's most influential evangelist since Apostle Paul. Through written, spoken and filmed words, he helped lead millions to Christ and nurtured a single campus evangelistic effort into the largest ministry of the world.
After Dr. Bright died in 2003, a leadership team set-out to fulfill his dream of reaching one billion for Christ with a global conference call in Aug. 2004. At a subsequent meeting in December, some 65 world leaders adopted the "Bill Bright Initiative" at the CCCi headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
Since then, the Billion Soul Campaign steering committee leadership determined that the next step for fulfilling the vision is to hold Global Church Planting Congresses.
Organizers expect about 350 of the top church planters from around the world to gather in Dallas, Texas, for the first of five scheduled Congresses.
Other Congresses are tentatively planned for Singapore, London, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires.
Through these congresses, leaders from the Coalition hope to impact the world in the most meaningful way: finding one billion souls for Christ.