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EE started in 1962 by Dr. D. James Kennedy.
As a young pastor, Jim watched all his attempts to grow
his first congregation go down the tubes. His church attendance
dipped. Recalling those difficult times, he said, “Extrapolation
made it clear that I had two-and-a-half months of ministry
left before I was preaching to only my wife—and she
was threatening to go to the Baptist Church down the street!”
Jim called this time the lowest
point in his ministry. It was then that friend, and pastor,
Kennedy Smartt, invited Jim to assist him in, of all things,
a series of evangelistic services in Scottdale, Georgia,
“I who had decimated one church was being asked to
ship my technique across state lines. Have plague will travel!”
During those 10 days of meetings, Jim simply went
out with his friend and watched him engage people spiritually.
By the end of the meetings, 54 people made professions of faith
in Christ. Jim returned to Fort Lauderdale with the seeds that
eventually became Evangelism Explosion. His church began to grow,
and grow. In a brief 12-year period, church membership increased
from 17 to 2,000.
Realizing that he couldn’t do this alone,
he made witness-training a bedrock of his ministry, utilizing
on-the-job training. In 1967, his Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
was singled out as the most rapidly expanding church in America.
In 1972, EE was incorporated with its own staff and Board of Directors.
As it spread to other countries, EE materials were translated
into other languages. By 1984 more training clinics were held
overseas than were held in the US.
In early 1996 EE was planted in all nations of
the world. Materials have been translated into more than 70 different
languages and clinics have been held in many nations. But there
is still much work yet to be done developing national leadership
and establishing strong, indigenous ministries in every nation.
The International Office provides an administrative
base and raises financial support for the international operations
of this ministry. It also oversees the material sales and training
clinics for the United States. EE is a multi-denominational, non-profit
missions organization whose operations are dependent upon our
Lord’s grace and the gifts of His people.