Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA, a program used in thousands of churches of all denominational proclivities across the United States. Alpha is a program that began in England and has been used around the globe to help the spiritually curious and confused discover what it means to be a follower of Christ. Before taking the role with Alpha USA, Craig was a pastor at churches in Chicago and Denver. Craig is the author of How to Follow Jesus: A Practical Guide for Growing Your Faith and How to Revive Evangelism: 7 Vital Shifts in How We Share Our Faith.
Craig, evangelism is obviously a passion of yours. How did that come about?
I grew up in a good home but a faith fractured family. My father was Jewish and my mother had us attend a traditional protestant church in town while growing up. During my teenaged years, I turned away from any expressions of faith and into a very rebellious life. However, I was always searching for more—more purpose, more clarity, more fulfillment. I cried out to God one day, “If you are there, if you are real, show up and show me how to find you.” Not long after that, a new friend invited me to a youth group at a thriving church. I heard from John 4, Jesus saying He is the living water and if I come to Him I will never thirst again. I said, yes to Jesus and everything did change. I started following Him wholeheartedly and found forgiveness in relationship with Him, purpose in His mission, and fulfillment in His presence. I knew that since discovering Christ was the most important thing ever to happen to me, then my life from that point forward was to be about helping others find Christ .
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