The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization has just released 31 documents that address many of the major issues facing the church in the 21st Century.
The documents, known as the 2004 Forum Lausanne Occasional Papers (LOPs), are the result of work done by hundreds of Christian leaders leading up to and including the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization last fall in Pattaya, Thailand. The 2004 Forum LOPS provide information, analysis and theological perspective on each of 31 issues identified as barriers to world evangelism and include ministry case studies and strategic recommendations to the church for addressing each issue.
Rev. Dr. David Claydon, former Lausanne International Director, served as LOP editor. Claydon says the papers are enriched by the contribution of Christian leaders from every corner of the earth who offer, “an amazing level of fresh thinking, case studies and practical suggestions as to how the church can move forward in this post-modern world.” more >>
The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism is the premier global network of evangelical leaders.” The movement grew out of a 1974 International Congress in Lausanne Switzerland, which produced the Lausanne Covenant that called on the world “to be more intentional about world evangelization.” The Covenant, agreed upon by 2,300 people from 150 nations from all branches of the Christian church in the space of ten days, is considered by many Christian leaders to be one of the most important missions document in Protestant history.
Lausanne has begun to plan the Second Younger Leader’s Gathering in Malaysia in 2006. Some 500 people between the ages of 25-35, all leaders of their ministry, will be invited to attend an international forum along with older generations to celebrate God’s work and plan strategies for the future.
The Executive Chairman of Lausanne, The Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall explained the motive for the Younger Leader’s Gathering, the preparation for the June 2005 meeting in Hong Kong, and some of the core issues in the Church today in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the International Congress on World Evangelization (ICOWE) held July 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland. To mark the anniversary, the Billy Graham Center Archives (Wheaton, IL, USA) has placed a number of items on its web site - including photos, audio files and notes from the 1974 Congress and subsequent meetings.
It was thirty years ago that the ICOWE, better known as the Lausanne Congress, brought Christian leaders from around the world to discuss and plan worldwide efforts to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Representatives came mostly but not exclusively from the Protestant Evangelical tradition.
One outcome of the the Congress was the Lausanne Covenant, a statement of Christian belief and lifestyle that became a touchstone for Evangelicals and has been adopted by many groups as their statement of faith. Another result, slightly later, was the formation of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE). The Committee grew out of a continuation committee that had surveyed the attendees of the the congress to discover if a continuing organization was desired and if so, what it should do. The continuation committee met in Mexico City in January 1975 and formed the LCWE. more >>
In recent developments, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism is making plans to hold an international conference in Thailand in September 2004. The goal of the conference is to discuss current issues confronting evangelism in the world.
According to the brochure issued by the Lausanne Committee, the forum will discuss 24 issues. Each of the 24 issues discussed solutions for issues discussed will be divided into three categories of discussion: Whole World, Whole Church, and Whole Gospel.
The Whole World mainly confronts the current geopolitical and cultural issues in the world. As evangelism often requires outreach in different places in the world, the panel responsible for discussing this particular seeks to talk about global issues that might confront world missions and solutions or ways to deal with them. Such issues include globalization and the rise in persecution of Christians in the world today. more >>