|Dirk Helmling, founder of 29.11 Ministries and a 1992 Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate, speaks in the DeSantis Family Chapel on Thursday morning as part of this year's Homecoming activities.|
Since graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1992, Dirk Helmling has traveled the world, spoken to thousands of people and founded 29.11 Ministries.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Helmling returned to his alma mater as keynote speaker for this year’s PBA Homecoming chapel.
“It is just amazing to be able to come back here,” said Helmling, who travelled from Asheville, N.C., with his wife, Julie (Slate) Helmling ’91, and seven children.
Helmling discussed the condition of the church and how it got to this state. He reported that of all the Protestant churches in America, 80 percent are on the decline.
“That means only 20 percent are showing any kind of growth,” Helmling added. “It means 12 churches a day close their doors.”
The answer, Helmling said, is to redefine the way Christians view Biblical discipleship.
“We’ve condensed the gospel into an easy-believe-ism, no-cost gospel,” said Helmling, whose book, "The Cost of the Disconnect," deals with the problem of losing sight of the Great Commission levied by Jesus in Matthew 28. “Jesus freed you up, He freed me up, so that we wouldn’t be shackled to self-worship.”
For more information about Dirk Helmling, his book and 29.11 Ministries, visit www.2911.org.