Cliff Barrows

Time for Another Modesto Manifesto?

A campaign in Modesto, California, in 1949 was an early turning point for the fledgling Team of Graham, Barrows, Shea and Wilson.  Billy instructed all of us, "Boys, let's go to our rooms and write down all of the criticisms of mass evangelism.  Don't hold anything back.  Then let's meet for evaluation and prayer this afternoon.  All of us agreed that our number-one pet peeve was the handling of finances.  We also listed sensationalism, over-emotionalism, becoming controversial, and the image of being anti-intellectual and anti-church.  And there was the matter of virtually no follow-up.  That very day we determined not to be guilty of those charges, and the Team set out to make necessary changes and adjustments .. We had determined at our Modesto prayer meeting to "abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22).  Through careful planning and perspiration, under the leadership of the Spirit, we set out to live down the stereotypes of mass evangelism.
Excerpt from Count it All Joy by Grady Wilson (one of the closest associates of Billy Graham) (pp. 46, 50)

I say we do this again in OUR generation!