Meet Peter Wagner
"As we enter the 21st century, the body of Christ is poised for the most radical transformation in the history of the church."—C. Peter Wagner, on the Wagner Institute Web siteRegarded as one of the foremost authorities on church growth, Pete (as his friends call him) has worked tirelessly toward bringing the Great Commission to fulfillment and establishing God’s kingdom on earth. His ministry as a teacher, speaker, and writer has taken him to England, Spain, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and other countries where the Holy Spirit is equipping "the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God..." (Ephesians 4:12–13, NKJV).
Pete began his academic career at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, where he earned a B.S. degree in agricultural studies. His orientation toward scientific growth took a spiritual turn, and he went on to Fuller Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a Master of Divinity. He also holds a theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of Southern California. After graduation from Fuller, he served as a missionary in Bolivia for 16 years. He returned to Fuller in 1971, to teach and spearheaded the Church Growth Movement along with Donald C. McGavran. He is currently senior professor of church growth, dean of the Colorado extension at Fuller, and the author of many best-selling books, including Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow, Engaging the Enemy, and Churches That Pray.
In recent years, Dr. Wagner has focused his ministry on prayer and spiritual warfare. He is the director and coordinator for AD 2000 United Prayer Mobilization Track, an intercessory prayer group that includes millions of members worldwide. AD 2000 United Prayer Mobilization Track has joined with other groups to pray for the evangelization of 62 of the earth’s most physically and spiritually needy countries located in the 10/40 window (an imaginary frame encompassing nations that are located between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator). Spiritual mapping, or targeting geographical locations that Satan holds in bondage, is a key component in their prayer strategy. This effective technique has unleashed God’s power and fueled church growth in Kenya, Nigeria, Columbia, Guatemala, and other countries. Pete exclaims enthusiastically: "I believe that the principalities over the 10/40 window are weakening daily, and that the 1999 blow against them will knock down the gates of hell so that there will be a church for every people and the Gospel for every person by the end of 2000!" (AD 2000 Web site) Times have changed, and Peter now says that, "The primary target for developing missions strategies is now the 40/70 Window."
His recent books include What the Bible Says About Spiritual Warfare, in which Wagner looks at the 21 questions about strategic-level spiritual warfare which seem to be the most important (and the most asked), in a friendly question and answer format; Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, which includes explanations of all 28 spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and the difference between natural and spiritual gifts; Spheres of Authority, which takes a revealing look at the subject of the apostles; and Radical Holiness for Radical Living, give us keys to stepping into a new level of holiness and helps put an end to the enemy's attempts to hold us back from being all that we can be.
Pete lives with his wife, Doris (who was responsible for bringing him to Christ), in Colorado. She worked alongside him as a missionary in South America and has aided him in developing an extensive worldwide prayer ministry called Global Harvest Ministries. Together they have established the Wagner Institute for Practical Ministry. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.