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Early in his career, the late Dr. Billy Graham arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. He had a letter to mail and so he asked a young boy where the post office was.

The boy gave him directions and Rev. Graham thanked him and said, “If you come to the church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven.”

“I’m sorry sir, but I don’t think I’ll be coming,” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”

Have you experienced this kind of challenge when trying to share your faith with others?

Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed with our neighbors and colleagues is difficult, especially in today’s culture. 

It is for this reason that the C.S. Lewis Institute (CSLI) was created – to help disciple men and women like you, skilled in their professions, who can influence all sectors of society, reaching people in the worlds of business, government, military, medicine, law, education and so on with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, by God’s grace, this growing discipleship ministry equips thousands of men and women annually who are now as intentional and intelligent about their faith as they are about their profession.

I’d like to share with you how God is growing this ministry. But before I do, I’d like to share some good news. 


Matching Gift Fund Opportunity

A $35,000 matching gift fund has been established that will double every dollar given to the C.S. Lewis Institute by June 30, 2018 up to $35,000.

Some of these funds will help us multiply the number of people we reach through an enhanced website which is already effectively reaching an extensive global audience.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to increase the value of your gift and enable CSLI to finish the fiscal year (ending June 30) in the black, with some reserves going into the summer months which are typically a lower revenue period for most ministries.

Please prayerfully consider making a special gift at this time or becoming a monthly giver to this ministry


Growing Number of People Using CSLI Website

The growth of the ministry of the C.S. Lewis Institute can be seen in the number of people who now access and use our discipleship resources.

The CSLI website is a ministry of its own.  It offers thousands of audio, video and written resources from the past 42 years to help people grow as followers of Jesus Christ.

I’m thrilled to announce that in the past year, over 200,000 users came to the C.S. Lewis Institute website from 213 different countries around the globe! 

Tens of thousands of people are visiting our website from countries closed to the proclamation of the Gospel or with limited access to Christian witness and resources. 


Explosive Ministry Growth

Today the mission of the C.S. Lewis Institute is being accomplished on a far greater level than we could have ever imagined. 

We can attribute this to God responding in answer to the prayers of thousands of people over the past four decades.

For the first 34 years, the C.S. Lewis Institute was primarily a Washington, D.C. based ministry, with two added branches in Annapolis and Atlanta in the mid-2000’s.

In 2010, however, while on a prayer walk, the Lord put it on the heart of then President, Kerry Knott, to be open to expanding this discipleship ministry to new cities.  Kerry knew that God had spoken to him through prayer and so began the “The Decade of Discipleship.”

Since 2010, the ministry of the C.S. Lewis Institute has grown 500% in 7 years expanding from ministries in 3 cities to 15 by the end of 2017!

We’ve gone from equipping 60 people per year in 3 cities to over 450 per year in 15 cities in our year-long discipleship program for working professionals, the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program. 

And I’m thrilled to announce that in May 2018 we launched our 16th C.S. Lewis Institute in Greenville, South Carolina under the capable leadership of Matt Miller.

We thank God for His blessing on this ministry!  We know that it is His ministry and that we must continue to fall on our knees in prayer as many have done over the past 42 years.  It is in prayer that we will be able to accomplish God’s purposes for this ministry, even as we face challenges.

For this reason, we are re-committing ourselves this year to prayer. We are providing monthly resources on prayer and asking people to become part of our prayer team. 

Would you please consider joining us by making a commitment to pray for this ministry over the course of the next 12 months?

With God’s help as we call upon Him in prayer, we could be in 20 cities by 2020, the last year of the “Decade of Discipleship” campaign. 


Small Group Resources Training Leaders Worldwide

Our small group resources for churches and ministry groups have also taken off and are being used throughout Asia, Europe, North & South America and Africa.

We recently received the following note from a group of 15 Christian leaders who serve in different churches in Nairobi, Kenya and downloaded our free discipleship resources

It is with delight that we write to you registering our gratitude for the Heart and Mind Discipleship Program… and advise you about what the Lord is doing through this program in Nairobi, Kenya… The insights have given us a rare opportunity to engage and deepen our faith… We see a long-term impact of your study. Currently, we do not have a ministry platform or organization that champions small groups within the body of Christ in Kenya… we shall be conducting a brief seminar on the value of discipleship and small groups… we shall be borrowing greatly from the insights from your program.

Our Conversational Apologetics Course for small groups combines knowledge and hands on practice in the art of conversational apologetics and evangelism. 

It is being used on military bases, in churches, in college and high school ministries to help people become confident in sharing the Gospel with their friends and colleagues.


CSLI Monthly Publications Reaching over 50,000 Around the Globe

The thoughtful, enriching publications of CSLI such as “Reflections,” Knowing & Doing and the popular Broadcast Talks are being distributed to over 50,000 people around the world through a variety of multimedia platforms.


CSLI Ministry to Pastors

As the Institute has expanded in recent years, we have been able to offer ministries of encouragement to pastors more personally and directly through our local C.S. Lewis Institute pastor network gatherings.

Speakers like John Lennox, Kevin Vanhoozer, Tim Keller and others have led pastor refreshment gatherings in a number of CSLI cities for the purpose of blessing the hard-working pastors in our communities.


A Solid Ministry Investment

The C.S. Lewis Institute is committed to biblical stewardship and manages to accomplish a tremendous amount of ministry on a tight budget. 

When other church leaders and accountants see our books they make comments like, “Your budget is amazingly small considering the scope and range of your ministry!,” and  “How do you do it?”

CSLI is recognized by Excellence in Giving and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability as an organization of financial integrity and a commitment to transparency. 

The C.S. Lewis Institute continues to run a very lean and effective ministry, in which 77% of funds are spent in direct ministry delivery, and only 6% is spent on fundraising, far below the ministry and nonprofit world averages.

God has blessed the discipleship ministry of the C.S. Lewis Institute in ways we could have never imagined. 

It is my conviction and that of the C.S. Lewis staff and board that God is calling us to make this unique discipleship ministry of heart and mind available to more people, in more cities, and more nations in the years to come.

In order to continue to serve more, we will need even greater human and financial resources.

Would you please join me in praying for God’s continued protection, power and provision for the ministry of the C.S. Lewis Institute?

And would you please prayerfully consider giving generously to this ministry?

It is through your prayers and financial support that the C.S. Lewis Institute is able to continue to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who will make an impact for the kingdom of God in their churches, workplaces and homes both here and around the world.

Your Partner in Ministry,
Dr. Joel S. Woodruff

P.S. Your special gift or pledge to give monthly to the discipleship ministry of the C.S. Lewis Institute will be doubled by the $35,000 matching gift fund if your gift arrives by June 30, 2018.  

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