How did a persecuted movement that began with a small group of Jews become the most widespread movement in the world today? This sweeping cinematic overview first unveiled at Cape Town 2010 highlights milestone events from nearly 2,000 years of church history, beginning with the Pentecost and ending with the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh. Watch to gain context and depth to the faith we profess and the gospel we seek to proclaim.
How are Christians to engage with the changing landscape of spiritual and religious pluralism? Drawing from theologians and real-life examples, Robert Calvert outlines five responses of the church to a pluralistic culture. Which do you relate to most?
Banking on the promises of health and wealth, prosperity theology (PT) in all its variations and nuances has permeated many churches around the world. What are the aspects of PT that we must challenge? The Atibaia Statement on Prosperity Theology lays out a poignant and balanced roadmap calling the global church to confess, reflect, and act.
The history of world mission includes major gatherings that brought nations together and catalysed revivals around the globe. What can we learn from them? This article looks back on the rich history of mission gatherings in order to forecast the new and pressing missional opportunities for the next generation.
When water comes from plastic bottles and food from supermarkets, it is easy to forget that the earth is our support system. Yet soil, water, and forests remain our baseline assets for survival, with the poor most affected by their degradation. As Christians who are not only called to be stewards of the earth but to love and care for the poor, what can we do to protect and restore the earth?
What does the Bible say about the roles of men and women in the Great Commission? With frankness and humor, David Hamilton unpacks the opening chapters of Genesis to explore how partnership was God’s idea from the very beginning.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a woman and a Muslim today? Through a detailed global picture of the contemporary women’s mosque movement, this article unveils implications for Christians in how we might better engage with Muslims, especially those who are women.
What our world needs isn’t more people who merely call themselves Christians, but people who abide in Jesus through how they live. The only way to do this is through deep and regular engagement with the Bible, through which we encounter the Living Word and Lord. Do you make room for his word in your life?
The world is urbanizing rapidly—three million people move to the city every week—and yet the church is losing urban relevancy. Engage this significant missions topic in the first of our new infographics, which bring alive rich and compelling information about today’s pressing opportunities and challenges in global mission. Download and share to help bring the gospel to the whole world, especially to the world’s cities.
‘The world has a right to ask that the gospel be not only shared with them, but shown to them in the lives of the gospel’s spokesmen.’ Does the way you live your life reflect genuine conversion? Uniquely published online for the first time, J. I. Packer’s article on conversion from the Second Congress on World Evangelization unearths a fresh understanding of the Holy Spirit and how our lives change when we truly turn toward Christ.
Over one-third of the world’s population lives in countries that imprison people based on religion. Religious persecution—be it physical, social, or legal—is a global problem, with numbers continuing to rise. How can Christians promote and support religious freedom as a way to live out our role as Christ’s suffering body in the world?
Richard Harvey brings to life the story of three unlikely people whose paths cross in ancient Philippi: Lydia the businesswoman, the apostle Paul, and a prophesying slave girl. Their Spirit-guided and miraculous interactions reveal how God’s workplace is not confined to the spiritual realm, but intimately encompasses the economic, social, and deeply personal spheres.
God’s mission in our broken world could be summed up in one word: reconciliation. Yet history is marred with the troubling truth of Christians actively furthering destruction and division or remaining silent in the face of it. Can we really be the people of hope that God purposed us to be? This call to repentance, prayer, and critical re-examination of the foundations of the church answers this question with a humble yes—because reconciliation is God’s mission.
‘Our world is in a crisis of leadership. We want some person to step onto the stage of events with a formula for world peace.’ In the midst of seemingly insurmountable crises from the personal to the global, Billy Graham’s message from the 1974 Lausanne Congress reminds us that the leader we are searching for is on his way—Jesus Christ, the king, is coming. How does this truth affect how we should live? What kind of messengers should we expect to be in the meantime?
Technological and cultural globalization has unearthed both extraordinary benefits and extraordinary costs. David Wells and Os Guinness shine piercing lights on the differences between converts and disciples, social justice and evangelism, the Internet and the incarnation, to reveal what is most real and true about being Christian in our global age.
Church planting remains one of the most important gospel ministries. But how can we be more effective in disciple-making? What are the challenges of church planters today? This article distills the collective wisdom of church planters from around the world into five simple truths.
Churches in the West have a big problem: they are overrun by biblical anorexia, filled with people who have no appetite for the Word. In this succinct and perceptive talk, Fergus Macdonald demonstrates how the Scriptures are more than a science, a sound byte, a collection of information, or a hobby—God’s Word is an art, a story, the only true way to transformation, and a habitat where we dwell and are renewed.
‘Mission’, ‘evangelism’, ‘dialogue’, ‘salvation’, and ‘conversion’—as Christians, we hear these words often, but over time their meanings can become muddled and distorted. How can we return to a biblical definition of these terms? John Stott’s fresh biblical perspective, given at the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization, reminds us that the best way to renew our gospel zeal is to return to the source.
Business has often been portrayed as running counter to the aims of the church—but what does the Bible say? This succinct Manifesto clarifies what Christian business is and what it is not, empowering wealth creators—those whose work is to create abundant sufficiency for all—to answer God’s holy calling as agents of justice, peace, and hope.
The majority of unreached people around the world are primarily oral learners. Is it time to review our text-centric evangelism methods and strategies? This article begins with the most epic vision of all—the dream of taking the gospel to every language, tribe, and people group—before detailing a breakthrough strategy for bringing the Scriptures to oral learners with renewed creativity and compassion for the lost.
God works in mysterious, beautiful ways: a bitter, angry teenager mired in sexual sin meets Christ and grows to lead thousands of sex slaves to freedom; a single meal of kosher Sri Lankan curry transforms a man into a peacemaker. Reconciliation at all levels—be it personal, communal, or across nations—is risky and can be crippling in its complexity. But God only calls us to take that very small first step. This inspiring panel discussion features the invaluable wisdom and powerful testimonies of Pranitha Timothy (India) and Prashan de Visser (Sri Lanka).
The desire for an Islamic Caliphate has been a primary aspiration for some Muslims throughout history. But what exactly is a Caliphate, and why should it matter to Christians? Through this popular recent article, gain an in-depth look at the various renderings and implications of the Islamic Caliphate over time as well as practical guidance for how the church can respond with love in action.
Mission is at the core of who our God is—he is the first missionary, the best evangelist, the most generous sender, and the good news incarnate. In fact, mission is the very reason theological education should exist. Dr Thomas Schirrmacher (Germany) demonstrates how a solid theological base saturated in mission can have the greatest impact on the world.
The gospel is not only true, but logically reasonable—and it has the power to upend lives. Nicky Gumbel (developer of the Alpha Course) strengthens believers by expounding on the words of Apostle Paul: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.’ The gospel is the most important message in the world. May this short message call us afresh to a gospel-centered life.
Prayer is the mass behind the arrowhead of evangelism, the nuclear generator of motivation and vision. This article excerpt details the beginning and maturing of a core movement of prayer through providing ample practical strategies and profound insights. Through the Spirit, may your prayers proclaim the promises of God to the dry bones in your life, your city, and your nation, that indeed the bones may live.
Technology is increasingly seen as providing solutions to the deepest problems of humanity. And yet the corresponding high cost of technology is not just economic—it is personal and spiritual. In light of this, how can Christians respond to ethical questions of abortion and euthanasia, as well as the technological making, shaping, and faking of human life? In this short but powerful video, John Wyatt reminds us of what it means to be human, to live and to die well, putting our hope in the one who gives life and defeated death.
In 2010 nearly half of the entire global population tuned in to watch the World Cup in football. The universal importance of sports today is indisputable. How can Christians be involved in the world of sports and win it for Christ? Through careful analysis of various methods, including major event ministry and sports chaplaincy, this article offers effective suggestions for connecting communities to Christ through sports.
In no other time in history has there been such a large and frequent movement of peoples across continents as in the past two centuries. In fact, very few of us today live in the same geographical location as our ancestors once did. This advance paper written ahead of Cape Town 2010 discusses the challenges and opportunities of diaspora, as well as practical strategies for the church to engage with an increasingly ‘borderless world’.
One hundred years ago, spreading the gospel meant bringing good news from the powerful to the powerless, the haves to the have-nots. Missions was primarily ‘from the West to the rest’. Today, however, with more and more Christians in the majority world, missions has become ‘from everywhere to everywhere’. In this new era, partnership between cultures, genders, and generations is more important than ever. How can we partner together under the power, redemption, and sovereignty of God?
The God of the universe became a child-at-risk—born in extremely uncertain circumstances, experiencing homelessness and refugee life—and through this, changed all of human history. In our mission to help children at risk today, has our adult-centrism marginalized the very children we hope to help? Saturated with examples of mission to, for, and especially with children at risk, this paper brings fresh understanding to the unique ways children are called to serve God through mission.
In honor of the late Rev Billy Graham, we would like to bring to light his plenary address from the First International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974. Available in both print and audio, ‘Why Lausanne?’ is as compelling today as it was more than 40 years ago. We pray that as you experience Rev Graham’s address for yourself, you can draw closer to the heartbeat of global missions and find renewed zeal to take part in the evangelization of the world. That the Earth May Hear His Voice!
How can Christians faithfully proclaim the absolute truth of the gospel to a pluralistic, relativistic world? We must be subversively bold in our love. Mark Chan untangles the complex threads of our contemporary world to put a human face behind relativism and pluralism, drawing the church back to the truth that ‘far more important than winning the argument against relativism is winning the relativist for Christ’.
Today the average global Christian is not a white male in the West, but a woman in the slums of the East. Are we as the church ready to engage in the facts of our time? Early believers in Antioch perhaps struggled with a similar question as Christianity shifted from Jerusalem to Antioch, from Jews to Gentiles. The compelling ministry of the late Paul Joshua continues through this video, as he weaves the story of Antioch with the story of our world today to empower the church to be what God designed it to be: his cosmic showpiece.
All around the world, a global movement is underway to break down the divide between work and faith. But how can Faith and Work movements transcend the confines of a ‘movement’ to become a widespread reality? By analyzing successful start-up ventures in the Silicon Valley, Eric Quan predicts how Faith and Work movements might ultimately shape the face of global mission and radically transform the local church.
Why do more than one billion people today lack access to the Bible in their language? Why are the Scriptures so often only available in written form? And even when the Scriptures are available, why doesn’t it lead to transformation of lives? Each of these questions deals with an issue of Bible poverty, which is found in all parts of the world and across all socioeconomic levels. This practical and insightful paper delves deep into each of these barriers, also identifying ‘bridges’ to help overcome each barrier.
Have we sidelined crucial doctrine for fear of division? Has our faith become contained to home and church, with little impact in society? How can we as the global church touch the world with the gospel? Lindsay Brown passionately wrestles with these questions in this rousing conclusion to Cape Town 2010. Nearly eight years later, Lindsay’s call to action and perseverance is just as riveting and relevant today as it was then.
Did you know the number of people with little or no access to the gospel has actually grown since the mid-1980s? Yet tragically, only about 3% of global missionaries today serve this critical demographic. In light of this, what better person to turn to than Jesus himself for better strategies to reach and change whole people groups? Kent Parks lays out Jesus’ proven, biblical, and transformative discipling methods, that the church might work more effectively to finish the task that Jesus gave us–to reach every people group with the gospel.
Whether we are hearing it for the first time or the one thousandth time, the gospel message of Jesus the King, who died on the cross for his people, is the deepest and most important message we will ever hear. Richard Chin brings fresh light to this gospel through the Mountain—the place of revelation, transfiguration, and crucifixion—in order to open our eyes to the supremacy of Christ, the love of God, and our call to love the world.
The beauty of Christmas is ‘God with us’: God in Jesus, because of his great compassion and love, entered into our suffering to be with us. This is the same love that Laden Nouri, an Iranian Christian, experienced when she found herself in solitary confinement because of her faith. Listen to this ‘ordinary believer’ share about the astounding faithfulness of God in the midst of terrible suffering, and may it move you to pray for the people of Iran and praise our God, Emmanuel, who will never leave or forsake us!
Did you know that only 5% of all pastoral leaders presently in ministry have received training? This means that as many as 2 million pastors around the world are ministering without the training, skills, and relationships necessary to flourish in sustained ministry. Ramesh Richard emphasizes the pressing need for ‘building a global pipeline’ to care for pastors–for ultimately, pastoral health is tied to church health. By caring for and supporting our pastors, we are helping to usher in the kingdom worldwide.
There are many different opinions on what constitutes good leadership–but what does it mean to be a Christ-like leader? The best way to answer this question is to look to Jesus himself. Refreshing and practical in its biblical truth, this paper excerpt takes the strategies Jesus used to develop and love people in all cultural contexts to detail what Christ-like character and purpose should look like for us. Whether you are a seasoned leader or a new one, you will find words of encouragement and conviction in this rich excerpt.
What is a biblical understanding of Satan and his demons, spiritual warfare, and the existence of evil? Thirty diverse leaders gathered in Nairobi in 2000 and released this thorough and nuanced statement on what spiritual conflict is and what it is not, calling upon churches in the West in particular ‘to listen more carefully to the churches in the Two Thirds World’. It is only together that we can move toward a serious rediscovery of spiritual conflict in the context of God’s global mission–and toward deeper worship of the One who has triumphed over evil.
Jesus provoked only three responses when he walked the earth: hatred, fear, or adoration. And yet many who profess to be Christians today respond only with mild approval at best. Why is that, and what can we do to awaken the world–and ourselves–to the uniqueness of Christ? Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) astutely dissects the contemporary lens of the gospel (particularly in Europe) from philosophical, cultural, and biblical viewpoints to bring clarity to our myopic vision and praise to the one who is greater than all.
Depression causes people to miss the most amount of work days worldwide. This is just one example of how mental health and all it encompasses is ubiquitously important across cultures and nations, and yet it is often overlooked or misunderstood in missional contexts. Brad Smith (US; Catalyst for Care and Counsel as Mission), Saul Cruz Jr (Mexico; psychologist), and Gladys Mwiti (Kenya; CEO/Founder of Oasis Africa, Catalyst for Mental Health and Trauma) discuss the great need for Christian counselling to join hands with world mission in order to better reach a hurting world.
Does the Bible have anything to say about migrants, ethnic conflict, and how we should respond as Christians? Yes–plenty. The New Testament is especially rich with examples of how God uses migration and ethnic conflicts as a means to accomplish his mission. Through a careful analysis of the book of Romans, Samuel Escobar bridges centuries and continents, the Scriptures and our current world, to call the global church to radical compassion rooted in a common heritage of faith.
As recently as the 1990s, commentators speculated that technology would make the world ‘flatter’, rendering cities less important. But this has not happened–cities are perhaps more than ever ‘crucially important for the human future and for world mission’ (CTC). What is the hand of God in the massive rise of urbanisation in our time? And how can we respond to this fact by giving urgent, strategic attention to urban mission? This article suggests four basic foundations to answer this call with an effective response that places cities at the heart of mission.
Sometimes our passion for gospel work can take a heavy toll on those dearest to us. And sometimes, gospel work can take us away from the very God we are serving. In this intimate panel session, Las Newman (Jamaica), Lausanne Global Associate Director for Regions, and Andrea Roldan (Philippines), Chair of the YLG2016 Mentoring Team, offer invaluable perspectives and wisdom as the father of a family and as a single woman.
Some of the greatest hurts in ministry come from the giving and receiving of money. What can we do to navigate the sometimes stormy seas of donor relationships? Centered around dialogue and mutual understanding, this essential document provides a common language for the development of any partnership that involves funding for God’s work, in God’s way.
The role of the arts in faith is indisputable: the arts move us, engage us, and help us to see with fresh eyes. But art is not simply a tool to be used for a predetermined purpose like evangelism. The integrity of both art and the artist require something more. This article will serve as a blueprint for exploring the biblical foundations and strategies for celebrating and empowering artists.
What could compel a young Christian orphan to dream of someday returning to North Korea, where persecution is all but certain? Only the love of Christ, which is stronger than fear, deeper than sorrow, and more precious than life itself. Watch this moving testimony by Gyeong Ju Son, and may your heart be stirred to prayer for the people of North Korea.
Do you long to see revival in your city? Tim Keller draws from his years of experience ministering in the metropolis of New York City to give rich, compelling wisdom on urban contextualization and catalyzing a city-wide movement for the gospel. You’ll find that his insights are applicable for urban centers of all sizes and in all parts of the world.
Does the gospel have power to reconcile divides as deep as the one between Palestinians and Israelis? In this brief but powerful video, Shadia Qubti, a Palestinian Christian, stands side by side with Dan Sered, an Israeli Messianic Jew, as they share how they each came to know that “in the Messiah, there is room for all of us.”
Now more than ever, there is an urgent need for Christians to engage intentionally and biblically with media in all its forms. But proclaiming Christ in an age of smartphones and the Internet can be a complex endeavour, especially when the mediums through which we proclaim him are increasingly prevalent and varied. How can we take the whole gospel to the whole world–including the world of media?
Are you up-to-date on the current state of global Christianity? Jason Mandryk and Molly Wall (editors of Operation World) give an astute and concise analysis of the tremendous changes that have overhauled the world and Christianity in recent years. Orient yourself to where the global church is, where the church needs to go, and what the church needs to do.
How does the ‘prosperity gospel’ require us to express biblical truth more clearly and compellingly, and what are the promises of the gospel for the materially poor? Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana) provides a glimpse into the popularity of the prosperity gospel in Africa, and in doing so articulates a global dilemma faced by many churches today. Explore the issue further by reading three responses by Peter L. Berger, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, and Amos Yong.
From Abraham to present day, the greatest barrier to God’s mission has been, in fact, his own people. What are the idols that keep us from truly living for God? And what can we do to return to the Lord? In this essential talk, Chris Wright reminds us that before we can seek the lost, we must seek the Lord with humility, integrity, and simplicity.
What happens when we stop working ‘on behalf of the poor’ and instead allow them to be their own agents of change? Stephan Bauman witnessed this firsthand when he encountered the Way of Hope movement in Cambodia–a vibrant network of cell churches led by people many would consider to be vulnerable and helpless. In a world increasingly thirsty for ‘the real thing’, we may be surprised to find that renewed vision can come from the least likely places.
People everywhere need to hear the good news of salvation. Yet no matter what region of the world we live in, we often feel ill-equipped and inadequate when it comes to evangelism. Is there a way to approach evangelism that is both biblically sound and culturally relevant? This poignant essay by Becky Pippert (USA/UK) and Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi (Nigeria) gives an overview of culture-specific issues to explore and outlines a universal approach to evangelism.
The world is looking for relevance in the Christian gospel. What better way to show this than how we live our lives, centered around Christ, his cross, and compassion? Ravi Zacharias draws from Acts 24 to demonstrate the crucial need for Christians to communicate the gospel not only through their words, but through their actions.
How can we stay the course as Christians, despite ongoing battles against the world, the flesh, and the devil? Vaughan Roberts draws from 25 years of ministry experience to impart four invaluable lessons, including his own struggle against same-sex attraction. This video is available for the first time since the 2016 Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, where it was one of the most impactful sessions of the gathering.
The church desperately needs the insights, compassion, and gifts that those with disabilities alone can offer. Yet leaders with disabilities are still few and far between. How can we encourage leadership especially amongst youth with disabilities? This article takes a look at the barriers faced by young people with disabilities, as well as practical ways to open doors for leadership amongst the disabled in churches and organizations.
Why should Christians care about issues like deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution, and global climate change? The answer is in the gospel. Caring for God’s creation cannot be separated from our call to share the gospel with a world in crisis; in fact, the two are often vitally linked. Read these 10 calls to action to learn more about how we can be faithful to our calling as stewards of the earth.
Do we love Christ more than life itself? In one of our most-watched videos, Michael Ramsden challenges us to rethink the purpose of our lives, echoing the Apostle Paul’s words, “I am not only ready to be imprisoned, but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.”
How do we serve one another in a diverse global church? World mission needs partnership–across national boundaries, between different cultures, and between rich and poor. How do we work together effectively in ways that respect our differences? Engage the conversation by reading this article by Valdir Steuernagel (Brazil), then dig deeper through the responses from leaders in the Philippines, Uganda, and the USA.
We who live on earth today are not very different from the people of Babel, putting our trust in the things we build, buy, and desire. In all this, we try to make a name for ourselves rather than glorifying the one true living God. How can we find real healing from our addiction to self sufficiency? How can we find the courage to live and die for Christ? If you watch one thing today, let it be this passionate, empowering sermon by Anne Zaki (Egypt), who answers these questions and more.
Most people have heard of the Rwandan genocide of 1994–but few know that Rwanda was almost 90% Christian at the time. It left the Rwandan church to wonder, ‘What went wrong with our Christianity?’ Through careful analysis and searing insights, Antoine Rutayisire reveals what must happen in order for true healing to occur—not just in Rwanda, but anywhere. In fact, in reading this article, you may find that the story of the Rwandan church is the story of us all.
Take a trip back in time to 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to experience the opening plenary address given by Billy Graham at the First International Congress on World Evangelization. Available in both print and audio, ‘Why Lausanne?’ is as relevant today as it was more than 40 years ago. We pray that as you experience Graham’s address for yourself, you can draw closer to the heartbeat of global missions and find renewed zeal to take part in the evangelization of the world. That the Earth May Hear His Voice!
How do we deal with shame as Christians? In one of our most popular articles from this year, Jayson Georges explores how the gospel transforms shame into God-given honor by connecting the patterns seen throughout Scripture with the lived realities of many cultures. This poignant (and remarkably practical) article from the Lausanne Global Analysis will reshape your understanding of shame and offer a fresh perspective on the mission of the church.
How can leaders be sustained in the midst of hardship, temptations, and loneliness? Available online for the first time since the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, this exclusive panel discussion features seasoned leaders from Kenya, Armenia, and Norway as they share intimately and humbly about their watershed moments in Christian witness and leadership.