About Lausanne

The Lausanne Movement’s distinct calling is to connect influencers and ideas for global mission.

  • Connections

    Connections

    This is the essence of Lausanne’s identity and our core value. For 40 years, the Lausanne Movement has made connections across critical mission topics and complex geographical, generational, and denominational lines.
  • Influencers

    Influencers

    From Billy Graham and John Stott to today’s evangelical influencers, we connect thousands of individuals passionately committed to world evangelization, leading to hundreds of networks, ministries, and partnerships.
  • Ideas

    Ideas

    Groundbreaking mission strategies and concepts such as unreached people groups, the 10/40 Window, and holistic mission have been nurtured and catalytically applied through Lausanne connections.
  • Mission

    Global mission

    Making Christ known is the very purpose of all the connections and every activity of the Movement.

Foundational Statements

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.

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The Lausanne Covenant The Cape Town Commitment

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’.

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Leadership

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.

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