Pulpit Series Newsletter
The World Challenge Pulpit Series is a printed message mailed out every three weeks by World Challenge to hungry believers who want to grow spiritually. The Pulpit Series newsletters are mailed internationally to almost 240,000 households. These messages are adapted from messages preached by the late David Wilkerson and his son Gary Wilkerson. Included in the newsletter mailings are mission’s reports that keep supporters up to date on our outreaches.
Since 2008 World Challenge has sent out short devotionals from the desk of David Wilkerson. Through these daily messages thousands have been encouraged to draw closer to Jesus. They are available via email, our website and Facebook page. You can learn more about them or subscribe here.
Literature and sermons
World Challenge publishes and distributes literature and audio and video messages around the world. Our desire is to see hungry souls stirred and awakened through our Christ-centered literature. The nearly forty books authored by David Wilkerson are part of the legacy he has left for the audience of World Challenge. World Challenge also has books available by Gary Wilkerson and other close ministry associates. You can browse our available books and other materials at our online store or to learn more contact us.
You can find us on both Facebook and Twitter where we post content daily from the literature and sermons of David and Gary Wilkerson. (facebook.com/worldchallengeinc and twitter.com/world_challenge).
World Challenge Missions
World Challenge, Inc. supports a myriad of missionaries and outreaches throughout the world. Through World Challenge Missions (Please Pass the Bread, Community Ministry, Orphan Care, and Widows Fund), thousands upon thousands of children are being fed every day and given Christian education. Orphanages, schools and clinics have been opened, drug rehab centers established, churches built and missionaries supported. Teams have been sent worldwide to provide humanitarian aid as well as medical and dental care.
It has always been the heart of David Wilkerson and the vision of World Challenge to reach the lost and encourage believers. Over the years, this goal has been realized by World Challenge through (1) the founding of Times Square Church in 1986, (2) the founding of The Springs Church in 2008 in Colorado Springs and its sister churches, and (3) encouraging international church planting through missions work.
In 1998, David Wilkerson began holding international pastor’s conferences under the name of Renewing Your Passion for Christ. He began these conferences in response to the great need of encouraging pastors who had become weary and burdened in ministry. David along with his son Gary shared at these national and international conferences together for 10 years. Gary still continues encouraging pastors and leaders through World Challenge Expect Leadership Conferences. Expect is a single focused conference with the desire that pastors and leaders would expect and attempt greater things for God.
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Times Square Church
In 1986, after walking down 42nd street in Manhattan at midnight, crying out for God to raise up a ministry in Times Square, Reverend Wilkerson sensed the Lord speaking to his heart: "You start a church. You know the city and you love it." At that moment Times Square Church was birthed in his heart, and the church opened its doors in October 1987. Established by World Challenge, Times Square Church is now a separate 501(c)(3) organization. The church has a congregation of nearly 8,000 and is a virtual microcosm of New York City's inhabitants: doctors, entertainers, the homeless, teachers, the poor, attorneys, ex-convicts, Wall-Street brokers, former drug pushers and addicts, CEO's, the middle class and students. David Wilkerson raised up Carter Conlon to share in the leadership of Times Square Church and has been the Senior Pastor since 2001. Carter Conlon continues to minister with World Challenge and Gary Wilkerson at The Springs Church and Expect Leadership Conferences.
For more information on Times Square Church, please visit the Times Square Church website.
The Springs Church
In 2009, soon after Pastor Gary Wilkerson and his family moved to Colorado, God birthed the desire in Pastor Gary’s heart to start a church in Colorado Springs. In a city and community of many churches and Christian organizations, another church seemed like the last thing this area needed. Pastor Gary felt from the Lord though that this church was to have a special purpose like no other in this city. With this confidence and word from God, The Springs Church was launched in early 2009 and has since grown to a congregation of 1,500 people. God has placed the heart of outreach at the very core of The Springs Church and this body has already made an impact on the lives of the needy in Colorado Springs.
Summit International School of Ministry
Summit International School of Ministry (originally Mount Zion School of Ministry) is a Bible school located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their 100-acre campus is situated near the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the heart of farm country. The school’s two-year program prepares men and women to live lives of devotion and service to the Lord, to the church and to the world at large. Their goal is that students will leave the school fully equipped to make disciples for Christ in whatever vocation they are called.
The school was established in 1994 through the ministry of David Wilkerson. Since then, hundreds of students have graduated from Summit, and have moved on to work around the world in full-time ministry. In 2010, Teresa Conlon, associate pastor at Times Square Church, assumed the leadership of Summit International School of Ministry as the president. Teresa Conlon is married to Carter Conlon, Senior Pastor of Times Square Church.
David Wilkerson of World Challenge founded Mt. Hope Camp in 1999. The directors, Mark and Cheri Galbraith, have worked with women and children in need for 13 years. Mt. Hope Camp is a Christian ministry and program for women with life controlling issues. Their mission here is to bring life transformation to women and their children from a pure and intimate relationship with Christ.
In 1997 God placed it on Roger and Debi Jonkers heart to start Father’s Love. Father’s Love is an outreach to disadvantaged youth based in Jacksonville, Texas (with former outreaches in Pennsylvania and Virginia). The ministry reaches impoverished youngsters ages 9 to 19 with the message of God’s enduring love for them. The approach at Father’s Love is simple: No matter a child’s situation, he can know the love of his heavenly Father and be assured that God has a special plan for his life.