A Conversation With Sandy Willson On The Lausanne Movement

Oct 15, 2010

This weekend, our senior pastor, Sandylausanne Willson will be one of 4,000 leaders from over 200 countries who will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, for the third Lausanne International Congress.

We interviewed Sandy on what Cape Town 2010 will mean for the future of the church and world evangelization.

Why is the Lausanne Movement important to the church?

The world has changed drastically in the past 20 years, we have new challenges to be faced and the missionary resources to face those challenges are increasingly to be found in the Southern Hemisphere. There are new leaders emerging in every country who need to be linked with leaders from other countries so we can partner together to reach every people group in the world.

What are the one or two topics that the congress will be discussing that you are particularly interested in seeing the church address? Why?

There are some very serious challenges to the gospel world-wide. The prosperity gospel, which is so popular on American TV is wreaking havoc around the world.  Obviously, the onslaught of Islam is posing major threats in many parts of the world. We all need to be encouraged to study these things, pray for God’s guidance and power, and offer ourselves anew to proclaim the ancient gospel of Christ to a needy world.

How can being a "globally-minded" Christian help our churches in Memphis?

This mindset is essential to our obedience to Christ. He commands us to love the world and to make disciples of all nations. We have enjoyed His blessings for many years simply because we have followed Him to become fishers of men.

For more information about the Lausanne movement, visit www.lausanne.org, or to join in the live conversation, go to http://conversation.lausanne.org/en

Other helpful links on the Lausanne Movement

Lausanne Advance Papers

Tim Keller: What is God's Global Urban Mission

Os Guinness & David Wells: Christian Discipleship and Mission in the Age of Globalization

National Public Radio: Beijing Blocks Travelers to Lausanne Conference

Christianity Today: The Most Diverse Gathering Ever

Lausanne Movement and its Covenant