The C.S. Lewis Institute was founded in 1976 and endeavors, in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. From its inception, the Institute has been inter-denominational, has worked closely with a variety of churches and sees itself as a servant ministry, assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. This takes the form of discipleship programs, evangelism and apologetics training, area-wide conferences/seminars, pastor fellowships and resources in print and on the web.
We wholeheartedly accept the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and other creeds of the early church. Below is a brief summary of our core convictions for contemporary times.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in a loving unity of three persons: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
A disciple is someone who has believed the message of the gospel, responded to the call of God in repentant faith, been baptized and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is seeking to understand and obey all that Jesus taught his first disciples. (Matt 28:19)
Founded in 1976 by Dr. James Houston and James R. Hiskey, the Institute has focused on providing leading teachers who can address important issues of the day from the perspective of Biblical orthodoxy and also on discipling of individuals in small groups.
The name of C.S. Lewis was chosen because of his focus on core essentials of the faith that reach across denominational boundaries. He was also an outstanding example of a lay person who came to Christ and lived out his faith in a secular calling. As a major figure in 20th century Christianity, he has been able to communicate his faith in a profound way.
“The C.S. Lewis Institute is a great effort to instruct eager minds in probing the depths of moral imagination and spiritual truth.” - Ravi Zacharias, Razi Zacharias Ministries
“The C.S. Lewis Institute is one of the nation’s premier catalysts of the Christian mind, offering the churches a rich diet of spiritual and intellectual nourishment. I am thrilled by its vision for the future.” - Alister McGrath, Director, Oxford Center for Evangelism and Apologetics
“I am thankful for the C.S. Lewis Institute…especially for their conferences and Fellows Program. Each of these create helpful environments for spiritual formation and transformation, and I recommend them to you.” - Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, founder of RENOVARE
“In all my travels around the world, I have never seen a discipleship program as effective as that at the C.S. Lewis Institute.” - Michael Ramsden, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
“The C.S. Lewis Institute has equipped not just people in our church but our church.” - Dr. John Hutchinson, former Senior Pastor, McLean Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA