From 17-21 June 1997, fifty two evangelical missiologists, theologians and mission practitioners from twenty countries met in Haslev, Denmark to consider the issue, “Gospel Contextualisation Revisited.”
This meeting was sponsored by the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation and the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity.
We began by looking back to the 1978 Lausanne meeting on Gospel and Culture
which was held in Willowbank. The resulting Lausanne Occasional Paper, “The Willowbank Report - Gospel and Culture
,” brought the challenge to accept contextualisation and to become more adept in the use of its principles. We are grateful for this pioneering work and hope that our work adds value to this prior work.
The purpose of our meeting was to review nineteen years experience of thought and practise and to identify issues that have emerges during this time.
The interaction of people from different churches and cultures produced a new creativity and confidence about how the Gospel might be more adequately expressed today. We offer the following as a result of our reflections.