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Grassroots communities form in the countdown to YLG2016

Everyone with a passion for social change knows that real breakthroughs happen when there is opportunity created for and given to grassroots initiatives. This structure might just be true to global mission. Early in the preparations for the Lausanne Younger…

New book: Creation Care and the Gospel

The Cape Town Commitment was a historic document in many ways, but no more so than in its affirmation that ‘creation care is a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ’ (CTC I-7-A). This little phrase has produced over the…

Generous Giving and Amazing Provision for YLG2016

Though money is a subject those in ministry don’t like to talk about much, it’s highly relevant in Christian living and global mission on the most practical level. This is probably why both Jesus and the apostle Paul covered the…

Connecting for God’s Business

‘“No distance too long”, goes an Indian ad caption. And it’s true, especially when God wants us to go to the ends of the world’, writes Carl Ebenezer, a participant in the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering from India.

Grace of Giving and Glory of the Cross Published

Lausanne has the privilege of collecting the best-of-the-best, and making it widely available to serve the Church around the world. We are honoured and humbled to publish some of the finest Bible teachers, and to offer their work in a…

Introducing the Larnaca Statement

The roots of the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (LIRIP) go back to the Third Lausanne Congress, Cape Town, 2010. The second day was devoted, through a range of plenary speakers and seminars, to one of the six major…

Results of the Movement Review: Pursuing Faithful Stewardship

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’—Matt 25:21

Gifts from around the World

The last days of the year are always exciting. They’re a time to look back and look ahead; a time to rest from work; and a time to give thanks. I spent the last few days of the year, especially the…

Introducing the Quito Call to Action on Children at Risk

The Lausanne Consultation on Children at Risk was held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-19 November 2014. We were gathered with more than 60 foremost experts in the area of children-at-risk, including church leaders, theologians, missiologists, and NGO representatives. The two…

Creation Care around the World in 2015: The church is on the move!

2015 has been a rough year for God’s creation, but an amazing year for the evangelical creation care movement.

2015 Matching Gift: Advance Strategic Initiatives

Update: By God’s grace we met and exceeded the $541,620 matching opportunity! (Learn more) 2015 has been a year of many strategic initiatives for the Lausanne Movement. Last month in Hong Kong, we held an historic gathering of 900 Chinese…

Welcoming 17 New Senior Associates: Connectors, Catalysts, Content Creators

I’m so pleased to introduce to you Lausanne’s 17 new Senior Associates. Alongside our current Senior Associates, they will be co-leading the following Issue Networks:

Global Mental Health and the Church

Participants from 17 countries met in Bad Liebenzell, Germany, on 22-25 June 2015 for the Symposium on Global Mental Health and the Church. This was upon invitation of the Liebenzell International University together with the Liebenzell Mission and the Lausanne…

July 2015: Clarity, Unity, and Momentum

Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Lausanne Movement, full of thanksgiving for God’s tremendous work of grace the past 40 years, and a recognition of 3 very special gifts God gave us moving forward—clarity, unity, and momentum.…

Global Diaspora Forum 2015: Challenges and Celebration

GDF 2015 was held in Manila, Philippines, on 24-27 March 2015.

The Cape Town Commitment on Disordered Sexuality

The past few weeks and months have reminded us of the need for faithful biblical teaching and faithful biblical living. Several nations including Ireland, France, and most recently the United States, have legalized same sex marriage. In light of the…

Disability Ministry Leaders Gather for Lausanne Consultation

Featured image: Hyatt Moore creates a banquet table surrounded by people with disabilities from all nations based on Luke 14:20, at the Joni and Friends Global Access Conference which preceded the Lausanne Consultation on Disability Concerns. © 2015 Joni and Friends,…

Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians Envision Reconciliation

Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians met together in Limassol, Cyprus, 26-30 January 2015 to discuss, pray, and work towards reconciliation. The Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine (LIRIP), an initiative of the Lausanne Movement, hosted the conference. Its vision is ‘to promote reconciliation…

A Once-in-a-Generation Gathering

Among the 3,000 nominees for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG2016) is a young pastor from Sierra Leone named Matthew Brima. I spoke with him several weeks ago to learn more about what is happening on the ground with…

A Gift of Love from Benin: Celebrating 2014 Year-End Giving

‘Where in the world is Cotonou?’ I thought to myself as I read about a USD $40 donation that was made during our recent matching grant opportunity. After searching online, I learned that Cotonou, while not the capital, is the…

Lausanne Consultation on Children at Risk

The Lausanne Consultation on Children at Risk was held in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 November 2014. This gathering was convened by Menchit Wong, Lausanne Senior Associate for Children at Risk, along with Anne-Christine Bataillard, Lausanne Senior Associate for Evangelism among…

Extend the Reach of Your Financial Gift and Strengthen Significant Mission Initiatives

Editor’s note: Lausanne received $458,380 in gifts and commitments toward fulfilling the year-end USD $500,000 matching gift. We are so grateful for the the prayerful support from so many around the world! If you missed the 31 December deadline for the match, your…

Missions Africa Trust Fund: Africa poised to bless the world as a mission financing continent

God is at work in a very significant way building his church in Africa to become an example of a mission giving community. This was the shared sense of conviction and commitment that characterized the two-day consultation on the Missions…

Churches Celebrate Global Mission Sunday 2014

This past Sunday, we celebrated Global Mission Sunday with hundreds of churches around the world! Churches in Sri Lanka, Serbia, Japan, and Singapore! We were joined even by churches in Sierra Leone, despite their life and death crisis with the…

An Update on the Ebola Outbreak and Urgent Call to Prayer

Alarming statistics The West African Ebola outbreak that started in December 2013 is so far the largest and deadliest recorded in history. The confirmed and suspected cases as of 20 August 2014 were 2,615 with 844 EVD (Ebola Virus Disease)…

More than a New Website

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve launched a new website! It’s a big step forward for us, as a clear, easily accessible online presence is an important part of our work in connecting influencers and ideas for global mission. I’m particularly…

Global Mission Sunday

Connect Your Local Church with God’s Global Mission Hundreds of churches participated in the launch of Global Mission Sunday on 16 November 2014. The toolkit resources will continue to be available for churches and groups to use to celebrate Global Mission…

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the First International Congress on World Evangelization

Forty years ago today, Billy Graham, John Stott, and more than 2,400 other evangelical leaders from 150 countries gathered for the opening ceremony of the first International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland. Billy Graham set the context for…

EPSA REPORT—May 2014

This report gives a brief overview and update on three priority mission focus areas in our five-year strategy framework.

40 Years Later: Back in Lausanne

40th anniversary celebration near Lausanne, Switzerland

Ten days ago we concluded our international leadership meeting, a European leaders meeting, and 40th anniversary celebration near Lausanne, Switzerland, where the first International Congress on World Evangelization was held in 1974.

Japanese Leaders Embrace The Lausanne Movement

It was during a committee meeting in August 2013, held at the conclusion of the annual Japan Lausanne retreat, when we deliberated how best to present Michael Oh, the new global leader, to Christian leaders in Japan. A plan quickly…

How to Pray for Ukraine Today

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Winter 2014 has become the most tragic period in Ukraine’s history of national development. For more than three months, there has been a very aggressive confrontation between the people of Ukraine and government special police forces. Demonstration lost its peaceful character after people were killed, and the 19th of February was a horrible day, marked by close to 900 injured people and 77 dead due to gunshot wounds. Prayer is much needed for families of those who lost their loved ones. May the Lord protect their hearts, minds, and souls from hatred and aggressive decisions.

Celebrate God’s Provision!

Celebrate God’s Provision

Praise God for his provision! In late December the $500,000 match offer was 100% completed by God’s grace because of gifts and commitments from people like you.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Oh Family Christmas

From my family to the Lausanne family all around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your love, prayers, support, and for being a part of The Lausanne Movement. God is using you to bless the whole world!

Michael Oh
Executive Director/CEO

A Mandela Tribute and Perspective from Isaiah

Pietermaritzburg, 1992

As one of the Lausanne Co-Chairs, it is my privilege to greet you all at this Christmas/New Year season and wish upon you all the Lord’s most choicest blessings at this very special time of year when we remember our Saviour’s incarnation and the hope, light and love he brought, and continues to bring, to the world.

Christmas Gift to Lausanne

Merry Christmas and heavenly blessings in Christ as we enter the month of December! We have a lot to celebrate and praise God for, with the amazing growth of the gospel and the church in Africa in this generation!!! It was a great privilege for Africa to host the historic Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town 2010 under the great leadership of Doug Birdsall, Lindsay Brown, Archbishop Henry Orombi, Gideon Para-Mallam, and the exemplary team of global Christian leaders who led the Congress—eternal blessings on everyone!

Why Christians Should Care: Reflections from Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service

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Spontaneous shouts of “Tata Madiba!” in chorus of voice and body spread like waves throughout the stadium long before Nelson Mandela’s memorial service even began.  I turned to the Archbishop of Johannesburg to ask what they were saying.  “They’re chanting his name, ‘Father Madiba,’” he said with a smile.  “They’re chanting his name.”

21 Days Left for Gift Matching Opportunity

Michael Oh

I want the world to look different in 10 years.

These are the words I used in June at my installation in Bangalore. It’s why I said yes to the incredibly challenging calling to lead The Lausanne Movement. It’s also why I’m writing this.

Traveling to Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service

Photo by Ted Eytan

6:36 p.m. – On a plane from Nagoya to Taiwan, then Hong Kong, then Johannesburg. It was a frantic morning after getting an email from South Africa about the possibility of an invitation to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial and funeral services. Was a jolting shock to even hear of the possibility. An unbelievable honor. Never for a moment did I imagine that something like this would be possible; hence absolutely no prior preparation had been made on my part!

Strengthen and Extend the Impact of Lausanne

Doug Birdsall

It is a pleasure to write on behalf of my friend Michael Oh and all of our friends from the Lausanne global family as they give leadership to the Movement.  These are exciting and challenging days for Lausanne.  We are profoundly grateful to God for the way in which he has blessed Lausanne through an infusion of energy and talent represented by younger leaders with a fresh commitment to the vision of “the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.”

Nigeria Lausanne Congress on Evangelization

Nigeria Lausanne Congress

To the glory of God, the Nigeria Lausanne Congress 2013 has ended with a fresh emphasis and unified resolve by key church, mission, political, educational and other marketplace leaders to diligently pray and work in unity and in the power of the Holy Spirit toward national transformation and fulfilling the missional mandate of the Nigerian Church in world evangelization.

 

Gift-Doubling Opportunity for Global and Eternal Impact

Michael Oh at Global Leadership Forum

I want the world to look different in ten years.” At my installation service in Bangalore in June, these are the words I used to explain why I said yes to this incredibly challenging calling to lead The Lausanne Movement. 

 

Studying Ephesians with the Global Church

We’re pleased to announce the availability this month of Ephesians: Studying with the Global Church, a study guide and DVD curriculum ideal for home groups or adult Sunday school classes based on the study of Ephesians at Cape Town 2010.…

Ramez Atallah on the Situation in Egypt

In this video Ramez Atallah, General Director of The Bible Society of Egypt and Vice Chair of The Lausanne Movement, shares an update on the tense situation in Egypt as a basis for how Christians around the world can be…

Asian Church Leaders Forum Report

Participant interaction

Christian leaders from the house church networks in mainland China overcame tremendous hurdles in their attempt to attend the Asian Church Leaders Forum (ACLF) in Seoul

A Call to Seasoned Ministry Leaders

In July 2012, 120 select younger leaders from the U.S. and Canada gathered in Madison, Wisconsin, for the North American Younger Leaders Consultation (NAYLG) to strategize on fresh approaches to sharing the Christian message. The 120 leaders spent much of…

First Lausanne Global Leadership Forum Held in Bangalore

Global Leadership Forum

The Lausanne Movement’s first Global Leadership Forum was held in Bangalore, drawing 350 participants from over 60 nations.

 

The End is the Beginning

Michael Oh Video

In this video, Michael Oh shares five ways that your interaction with Lausanne can continue as the Global Prayer Focus draws to a close.

The Next Season of Lausanne

Doug Birdsall video

This is an exciting season for Lausanne, a season of new possibilities and opportunities. Watch these videos from Lausanne Honorary Chairman Doug Birdsall and Sarah Plummer, chair of the Lausanne Intercessory Working Group.

For the Sake of His Name: The Whole Church taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole World

These final three days of prayer, we ask that you would pray for Lausanne.  Would you join us in bringing the needs of this Movement before the Lord?

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