Pray For The Lausanne Congress In South Africa

Oct 08, 2010

Next week, October 17-24, in Cape Town, South Africa, 4,000 leaders from over 200 countries will come together for the third meeting of the Lausanne International Congress.

Our senior pastor, Sandy Willson, has been invited as a representative to participate in ten days of invested discussion on the future of the Church and world evangelization in light of the issues that plague the world in which we live. The focus of Cape Town 2010 is the revitalization of Lausanne’s mission: “to promote unity, humbleness in service, and a call to action for global evangelization.”

This year’s meeting of the Lausanne Congress will include such familiar speakers as John Piper, Tim Keller, Chris Wright, Henry Oroombi, Judy Mbugua and many more.

Cape Town 2010 is not just a one-time meeting, but God willing, will be a catalytic event in the life of the church – drawing leaders together in purposeful prayer, humble repentance, strategic dialogue and decisive action.

Together we will seek the Lord as we examine the world and our culture to discern where the church should invest its efforts and energies to most effectively respond to Christ’s call to take the gospel into all the world and make disciples of all nations . . . lives changed for all eternity, broken families mended, physical and emotional hurts healed, communities transformed.

What is the Lausanne International Congress?

Two centuries ago the center of Christianity was said to be found in the West. In the last decade, the growth of Christianity across countries such as Africa, Brazil, India and China has changed the face of global Christian leadership.

Founder, Billy Graham, relates that since the first Lausanne International Congress in 1974, “Christians increasingly have been called upon to provide leadership in areas where they were a small minority or almost did not exist before. Evangelism has taken on a new meaning. It is a time of great opportunity, but also a time of great responsibility.”

The Lausanne International Congress is a movement that brings together this growing core of Christian leaders representing “a broad diversity of nationalities, ethnicities, ages, occupations, and denominational affiliations” under the shared vision of global evangelization.

Since the first international meeting in 1974, the Lausanne movement has inspired evangelistic movements and conferences all over the world. In 1989, the second Lausanne International Congress was held in Manila, Philippines.

The hope of evangelical leaders around the world is that Cape Town 2010 will be spring board from which many “new strategies and new collaborative efforts” will be developed “so that many more men, women and young people will be able to hear and respond to the message of Christ presented in a relevant and culturally appropriate manner.”

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