2022 to Bring Exciting Changes for Billy Graham Library

By   •   November 10, 2021

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The Billy Graham Library staff is preparing for Christmas at the Library, November 29 through December 23. After this celebration of Jesus' birth concludes, the Library will close December 27 through late spring as an exciting new experience is created for visitors.

A fall crown of fiery crimson, apricot and gold leaves adorns the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a short time, twinkling lights will drape those trees as thousands visit the Queen City for Christmas at the Library. This Celebration of Jesus’ birth runs November 29 through December 23 and includes a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time and more.

“It’s a special opportunity to share the Gospel,” explained Scott Holmquist, executive director of the Billy Graham Library. “People’s hearts are open at the holidays.”

After the last hot chocolate is savored and Christmas story narrated, Christmas at the Library will close and the next chapter of the Library’s ministry will start.

Starting December 27 through late spring 2022, the Library will close to prayerfully accomplish three exciting changes:

  1. Completion of the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center, creating a new opportunity for others to study and train for evangelism
    >>Read more about what this new center will offer.
  2. A refresh of The Journey of Faith tour
  3.  The addition of a new meeting space at the Library

As construction is nearly completed on the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center, construction will start on The Journey of Faith tour after Christmas.

The Journey of Faith retraces Billy Graham’s journey from a dairy farm to sharing the Gospel with some 215 million people in 185 countries and territories through evangelistic events.

Since the Library opened in 2007, technology has “leapfrogged,” Holmquist confirmed, explaining the reason for the Library’s refresh. New technology, he said, will help clearly communicate how God used Billy Graham to draw many to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

As part of the refresh, a new section about Billy Graham’s homegoing on February 21, 2018 and surrounding memorial events will be added to The Journey of Faith.

Continuing to proclaim the Gospel through every effective means is integral to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s mission.

“We want to continue using not only every available means but every contemporary avenue available to communicate the Gospel because then, the medium is transparent,” Holmquist explained.

These changes include LED lighting, modern screens and more. What stands out is not the medium—but the message.

New Meeting & Training Space

Under construction off the side of the Library’s Dairy Bar is an additional room for group training or meals. Three hundred people will be able to sit [theater style] for trainings or 160 people can dine at tables.

And while new construction is exciting—with bricks, technical changes and more—it’s merely a means to the end, said Holmquist. The end goal is delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping others to share their faith.

“There are few places that present the Gospel [and] give an opportunity to respond and invite Jesus Christ into your life,” he said. “That’s what makes the Billy Graham Library very unique.

“Our prayer and our goal is that transformation of the heart that only God does.”

The Library refresh will be a good reason to invite someone who doesn’t know Christ, he emphasized.

“Don’t just come because you’ve been before and it’s new,” Holmquist urged. “Come because it’s an opportunity to invite somebody to something new.”

And a chance to start a new life in Christ.

How about you? Pray now to receive freedom in Christ.