Bill Bright Names John Maxwell to Succeed Him as Chairman of Global Pastors Network

Campus Crusade for Christ
Tuesday, 4 March 2003

Maxwell Will Provide Leadership to Worldwide Training Effort Upon Bright's Death

Bill Bright, founder, and chairman emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ and co-founder of Global Pastors Network (GPN), has selected John C. Maxwell, founder and chairman of the INJOY Group and EQUIP, Atlanta, Ga., to succeed him as chairman of GPN following his death. Bright has been battling pulmonary fibrosis for more than a year.

Global Pastors Network is a worldwide Internet portal and gateway for distributing training content and materials from the Christian community to pastors around the world. Launched in 2002 in a partnership with James O. Davis, founder and president of Cutting Edge International, GPN is a growing coalition of Christian ministries working together to train, equip, and assist pastors everywhere.

Already, GPN is accessible in 237 nations, provinces, and territories, and is preparing to introduce a core curriculum of training materials in all the major languages of the world. Bright has called GPN "the most important project I have ever been part of in my life." A new headquarters facility for GPN, The Bill Bright Leadership Center, is being planned near the Campus Crusade for Christ World headquarters in Orlando.

John Maxwell, a noted author and speaker, has been training leaders around the world through his non-profit organization, EQUIP. Recently, he launched a plan to train one million Christian leaders worldwide by 2008 through leadership conferences, certified national trainers, partnerships with other ministries, and technology.

It was Maxwell's passion for training and equipping pastors that led Bill Bright to ask him to give future leadership to GPN by succeeding him as chairman upon his death. The two met in Orlando in December and reached an agreement which was unanimously approved by the GPN board of directors.

James O. Davis, co-founder of GPN, will continue to serve as president/CEO of GPN. John Corts, former president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will continue to serve as chief operating officer of GPN.

The Bill Bright Leadership Center is expected to be completed in early 2005. This high-tech leadership center will be open to pastors year-round, and will offer teaching and training materials live onsite and via the Internet and satellite 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

Campus Crusade has more than 26,000 full-time staff and more than 225,000 trained volunteers serving in 190 nations, making it one of the largest interdenominational Christian organizations in the world.

GPN's 40-member board of directors includes:

Larry Burkett, Crown Ministries
Michael Coleman, Integrity Music
Steve Douglass, Campus Crusade for Christ
Paul Eshleman, The JESUS Film Project
Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse
Jack Graham, Southern Baptist Convention
Michael Little, Christian Broadcasting Network
Jesse Middendorf, Nazarene Church
Roy Peterson, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Robert Reccord, North American Mission Board, SBC
Adrian Rogers, Bellevue Baptist Church
Thomas Trask, Assemblies of God
Kenneth Ulmer, Faithful Central Bible Church

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