This month, we want to recognize some of our faithful supporters by sharing their stories of partnering with Christianity Explored. This week, Bruce Longbottom, a trademark attorney with Eli Lilly and Company, shares how and why he got involved with Christianity Explored Ministries.
When and how did you first become involved with CE?
In the summer of 2003, my wife Nancy and I hosted a neighborhood Bible study. In the fall of that year I was using the Internet to look for another course to use, and came across an article comparing The Alpha Course (which I had heard of) with Christianity Explored (which I had not heard of). CE came out ahead in that article, so I went to the CE website. There I learned of the first US training conference for CE taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, in January 2004. We attended that conference and have been involved with CE ever since. In 2014, I was asked to join the board of directors for CE USA, and I gladly accepted.
Among all the ministries that ask for your support, why do you give to CE?
CE provides a clear presentation of the Gospel in a compelling and easy-to-use format. Most evangelical Christians are reluctant to talk with others about Christ. CE offers tools and resources to equip ordinary church-goers with a vehicle to tell friends, family, neighbors and coworkers about who Jesus is, why He came, and what it means to follow Him.
How has your involvement with CE grown, and how has this involvement helped increase your faith and/or knowledge of God?
We first started running CE courses in our home, and then in our church, and then in local places (hotel, library, etc.). We also starting giving financially to CE so it would take root and blossom in the US. As I am an attorney, I have also been able to help CE on a few legal (mostly trademark) matters. Running CE courses and serving on the CE USA Board has spiritually stretched, challenged and encouraged me. It has also deepened my faith as I have seen God work in my life and in the lives of many others in the CE courses.
Why should someone consider giving to Christianity Explored?
We all have choices with our finances. God tells us to be good stewards. Yes, we all have expenses (home, education, clothing, etc.) and they are important. But the importance of helping CE put resources in the hands of people like you and me so we can reach others around us with the Gospel cannot be overstated. Giving to CE is part of being a good steward, and is an investment in reaching others for Christ.