The Lausanne Regional Consultation on Media and the Gospel was held in Kristiansand, Norway earlier this month and resulted in the following Call to the Global Lausanne Community. Further resources on the topic of Media and Communications were also shared throughout the month, and are listed below.
We affirm the vision of The Cape Town Commitment, that the global church should bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching in every nation, in every sphere of society, and in the realm of ideas.
One vital aspect of this is the urgent need to engage more intentionally with media in all their diversity. The media are the primary means by which news, ideas, and stories spread. They affect every part of society in every part of the world. We need to find appropriate ways of communicating key ideas, new perspectives and neglected stories. We need fresh ways of expressing truth, in order to capture people’s thinking and imagination.
We affirm the three areas of need expressed in The Cape Town Commitment: media awareness, media presence and media ministries. We emphasize the importance of each of these areas, as well as their mutuality, and the need for creative collaboration.
We urge the global Lausanne community to take seriously:
- Media awareness. The need for greater understanding of how media messages shape individuals, families and societies; and the need to develop skills of critical evaluation and response.
- Media presence. The need for a new emphasis on working in the mainstream news and creative media, from a Christian perspective, with professionalism, creativity, integrity, and courage.
- Media ministries. The need for courage, creativity, innovation, and integrity in using every medium to its full potential to communicate the gospel and biblical truth.
In light of this, we urge reflection on, and collaboration in:
- Media awareness. How can the church in your country equip and resource Christians to engage critically with, and respond constructively to, all forms of media?
- Media presence. How can the church in your country affirm, equip, support, and learn from Christians who work and participate in the mainstream news and creative media?
- Media ministries. How can the church in your country equip individuals, churches, Christian organizations and institutions to become effective in using media, including social media, for communicating truth?
Media and the Gospel
- Moving Forward Together – Lars Dahle
- A Call to the Global Lausanne Community – Lars Dahle
- The Gospel and Media: Where it fits and what now? – Julia Cameron
- Moving forward together: A response from the trenches – Grenville Kent
- Popologetics: engaging popular culture from a Christian perspective – Ted Turnau
- Does Social Media Really Change Everything? – Krish Kandiah
- A Different Life and a Life Making a Difference – Arne Fjeldstad
- Faith and the Secular Media – Jenny Taylor
- Steve Baughman
- Being a Christian voice in a changing media world – A perspective from TWR Europe – Felix Widmer
- Uncover: Interactive Media in Evangelism – Pod Bhogal
- Media and the Gospel – Reflections from a Senior Missiologist – Knud Jørgensen
Other Lausanne Documents
- Cape Town Commitment section “IIA. Bearing witness to the truth of Christ in a pluralistic, globalized world” (2011)
- Cape Town 2010 Advance Paper: Media Messages Matter: Christ, Truth and the Media (2010)
- Lausanne Occasional Paper 48: Media and Technology – The Rainbow, the Ark and the Cross (2004)
- Lausanne Occasional Paper 26: Radio in Mission (1989)