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Christianity Today Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Contact: Cory Whitehead
Phone: 630-260-6200 x4220

Carol Stream, IL March 31, 2016 – 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Christianity Today, the global media ministry founded by Billy Graham in 1956. To honor this occasion, Christianity Today has released a digital booklet tying Graham’s original vision to the work of the ministry today.

Billy Graham felt the urgent need for balanced reporting, biblical commentary, and a loving posture on the social, cultural, and theological trends facing Christians. His unique vision led him to start a magazine in 1956 when he proclaimed, “Christianity Today should take the responsibility of leading in love, what so much of our evangelical work has failed to do in fighting and name calling.”

Since Graham started Christianity Today, the magazine and ministry have helped shape the minds and hearts of millions of pastors, thought leaders, and culture makers around the world. One reader, author Michelle Van Loon shares, “Christianity Today has played a key role in my journey, helping me see what it can look like to follow Jesus into the world he loves via conversation, service, worship, vocation, presence, and the classroom.”

Today the ministry reaches over four million leaders monthly like Michelle through a variety of media, including the original flagship magazine CT.

President and CEO Harold Smith says, “Under the banner of Beautiful Orthodoxy, Christianity Today and its sister publications and websites are honoring our founder’s original vision by consistently demonstrating how the true, good, and beautiful gospel of Jesus Christ can not only transform lives but bring hope and flourishing to individuals, cultures, and communities.”

The new digital booklet, A Vision for Christianity Today, walks readers through the ministry’s rich history, celebrates how God is using it to influence the church and the culture, and shares plans for the ministry’s future.

Browse the digital booklet here:

To request printed copies, contact Cory Whitehead, Executive Director of Communications and Development at

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Christianity Today is a nonprofit, global media ministry centered on Beautiful Orthodoxy—strengthening the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. Reaching over four million people monthly with various digital and print resources, the ministry equips Christians to renew their minds, serve the church, and create culture to the glory of God.

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