For seminary libraries and personal bookshelves
If you want to track the story of the evangelical church over the past 50 years, this book will help you as no other.
And if you want to grasp the state of the church across the continents now, the Cape Town Call to Action will give unparalleled perspective.
While partly designed as a classic textbook for seminary libraries, it is also useful for personal bookshelves, and for groups of friends who want to study together. The closing addresses from the three Lausanne Congresses, given by Billy Graham, Leighton Ford, and Lindsay Brown, are as powerful now as when they were delivered.
This is the first time that the outcomes from the Lausanne Movement’s three global Congresses have been bound in a single volume, together with the Congress closing addresses.
Connections forged through these gatherings have resulted in hundreds of partnerships within and across continents. Today Lausanne has a presence in nearly every nation. Its focus remains on evangelization, in the geographical world and in the world of ideas. To this end it generates some of the sharpest biblical thinking on major issues facing the Church.
In the Foreword, Leighton Ford (Billy Graham’s brother-in-law) tracks the movement’s history, from early discussions called by Billy Graham, in partnership with John Stott. He writes from a unique vantage point. These discussions led to the 1974 gathering held in Lausanne, Switzerland, and from which city the movement would take its name. The Lausanne Covenant, which issued from that event, would define evangelicalism for the remainder of the century.
Michael Y Oh, Lausanne’s current Global Executive Director, writes in his Afterword of the Movement’s two-fold aspiration, namely (i) to share wisdom which is biblical, strategic, and timely; and (ii) to produce and share teaching of enduring worth, and global and eternal impact.
Christ gave gifts to his Church to share, and the Lausanne Movement has been memorably described by John Stott as ‘an exchange of gifts’. Gifts from the church on one continent to the church on another; gifts from the global church to the local church, and to individual Christians.
Carefully footnoted, and with study questions.
Edited by J E M Cameron
ISBN 978 161970 830 3
Editor’s Note: The Lausanne Legacy: Landmarks in Global Mission is now available for purchase through Hendrickson Publishers.