Through a comprehensive world-wide research effort, thirty one specific issues were identified as roadblocks to evangelism. Learn more about how the issues were chosen.
Based on these issues, teams of 30 to 70 people (called Issue Groups-IGs) were formed through a careful selection of participants from online applications submitted by international Church leaders. See a list of all issue groups.
Coming out of the Forum IGs were asked to prepare a paper concerning their issue that will include a strategic action plan for addressing the concern. Following the 2004 Forum, Lausanne will be working relationally around the world, encouraging leaders to prayerfully make the ideas generated by the IGs the active agenda of ministries and denominations.
The 2004 Forum for World Evangelization is only the fourth time in the past thirty years that the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization has called such a comprehensive global gathering. Leaders also say that never before has such a meeting sought to develop such specific action plans to combat the challenges facing the Church.