Proclaim Christ until He Comes:
Calling the Whole Church to Take the Whole Gospel to the Whole World
Lausanne II in Manila has played a significant role in a movement which stands for completing the task of world evangelization, for cooperation in that cause and for networking between evangelical leaders in that task.
Leighton Ford explains the significance in his foreword to the official papers:
It was significant in its purpose: to focus the whole church of Jesus Christ in a fresh way on the task of taking the whole gospel to the whole world.
It was significant in its representation: 4,300 in attendance from 173 countries, including the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and with a larger proportion of women, lay persons and younger leaders than at previous conferences.
It was significant in its timeliness: building on the foundation of Lausanne '74, on the work which has taken place since then, and leading into the final decade of this century.
It was significant in its breadth: consideration was given to scores of important topics, ranging from the A.D. 2000 movement, to the work of the Holy Spirit, to liberating lay people, to the heart-cry of the poor of our world—and all related to Christ's global cause.
To learn more about Lausanne II and the context surrounding it, we encourage you to read through the complete Foreword as well as Edward R. Dayton's Introduction to the Official Papers. You can also read a number of Selected Official Papers under Manila 1989 Documents.