The Lausanne Movement’s distinct calling is to connect influencers and ideas for global mission.
ConnectionsThis is the essence of Lausanne’s identity. God has used the Lausanne Movement to make connections across critical mission topics and complex geographical, generational, and denominational lines.
InfluencersFrom Billy Graham and John Stott to today’s evangelical influencers, we have connected thousands of individuals passionately committed to world evangelization. By God’s grace this has led to the formation of hundreds of networks, ministries, and partnerships.
IdeasSignificant mission strategies and concepts such as unreached people groups, the 10/40 Window, and integral mission have been nurtured through Lausanne connections and are contextually and catalytically applied by the church across the world.
Global missionMaking Christ known is at the heart of all of the Movement’s activities. We desire to see the gospel for every person, an evangelical church for every people, Christ-like leaders for every church, and kingdom impact in every sphere of society.
A major achievement of the first International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974 was to develop The Lausanne Covenant. John Stott chaired the drafting committee and is best described as its chief architect. This was to be a Covenant with God, publicly declared, and a Covenant with one another; it has proved to be one of most widely-used documents in modern church history. The Covenant has helped to define evangelical theology and practice, and has set the stage for many new partnerships and alliances.
The Cape Town Commitment, issued out of Cape Town 2010, stands in the historic line of The Lausanne Covenant and Manila Manifesto. The Cape Town Commitment is a profoundly elegant and biblical affirmation of evangelical faith, framed in the language of love, and is a purposeful articulation of our call to action with regard to global mission. The Commitment is the result of a three year consultation process that brought together hundreds of Christian leaders from around the world. These leaders helped identify the issues that were discussed at the Congress and then emphasized in the document. The Cape Town Commitment will serve as the road map for the Lausanne Movement for the coming decade.
The Lausanne Timeline
The story of Lausanne begins with the evangelist Dr Billy Graham. As he started preaching internationally,
he developed a passion to ‘unite all evangelicals in the common task of the total evangelization of the world’.
The men and women leading the Lausanne Movement, from multiple generations and every region of the world, bring expertise to the most pressing missional issues facing the global church today.