The Lausanne Movement, in partnership with the Overseas Council, the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, Langham Partnership International, the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents, and the World Reformed Fellowship, is hosting Consultation on Global Theological Education at Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil from 2-6 June 2014.
65 key decision makers within theological education from all over the world are expected to participate in this consultation with at least 55% of participants coming from majority-world contexts, with a distinctive of the fellowship being the purpose of advancing the cause of world evangelization. The intrinsic link between theological education and mission is well expressed in The Cape Town Commitment Part IIF-4. Theological education is both a worthy end in itself that we seek to strengthen for the glory of God and also a means toward the end of strengthening the church where it exists and establishing the church where it does not. This is the heartbeat of The Lausanne Movement.
Toward that end the theme of the consultation will be "Towards Missional Biblical Partnership in Global Theological Education."
The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town, 16-25 October 2010) brought together 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries, and extended to hundreds of thousands more participating in meetings around the world and online. Its goal? To bring a fresh challenge to the global Church to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching - in every nation, in every sphere of society, and in the realm of ideas. In particular the Congress, and the global consensus document produced from it The Cape Town Commitment, called the world’s theological education institutions to an active partnership with other theological institutes, with the church, and with the work of evangelism and church planting.
In response to this call, in May of 2012, 65 key decision makers and leaders of organizations that provide, support, or accredit theological education from 31 different countries gathered on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, USA. Over a three day period, this global community sought to identify the key opportunities and challenges facing theological education, and through this explore the three themes of the gathering: theological education as a global community, theological education as mission, and the changing role of American seminaries in global theological education.
As this gathering concluded, it was clear that the challenges and opportunities for theological education in the 21st century required the intentional building, and continued working, of a global community. To that end, by consensus it was decided there was a strategic need for a gathering which would provide continuity to the Boston gathering, and allow a time which would provide exploration and emphasis on practicalsteps forward which will enhance South-East-West-North Partnerships.
Any questions can be directed to Dr. Sam Logan, the consultation chair, at [email protected].