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Praying Together for the Fulfilment of the Great Commission

‘As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world . . . I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.‘ John 17:18, 23 When God’s people…

A Lesson from the Croatian Church Planting Movement

Sometimes it is difficult to see just how impactful our giving can be. As such, I would like to highlight just one example of how yoursupport makes an incredible difference to our Movement and in the world. As one of the 35 Lausanne issue networks, the Church Planting Network has existed for only four short…

A Global Call to Engage Nominal Christians

Resourcing the global church to understand nominal Christianity, that the missing ‘Christians’ might come home The Lausanne Movement organized a Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity in Rome in March 2018. Forty theologians, missiologists, social scientists, and mission practitioners from all regions of the world came together for a renewed focus on Christian witness among nominal…

The Gospel Strategy of Christ-Like Leadership

There is perhaps no more important mission ‘strategy’ today than Christ-like leadership. At the same time, there is perhaps no greater threat to our global mission. In fact, John Stott, in his last published sermon, wrote that ‘the greatest hindrance to the advance of the gospel worldwide is the failure of God’s people to live like God’s…

Envisioning a Shared Future for the Two Koreas

North Korea often makes headlines these days for its human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation, and long-range missiles. The news tends to portray the North as an ‘Axis of Evil’, but there is much more to this country and the divided Korean peninsula. Not mentioned in the news is the many foreign engagement activities occurring in…

Remembering Billy Graham’s Lausanne Legacy

A few weeks ago the world said goodbye to Billy Graham. It was an unforgettable experience to be there for his funeral—a moving time of worship, celebration of the gospel, and friendship, all of which truly reflected Billy’s heart and lifelong ministry. As the world continues to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of…

The Whole of the Whole Gospel

Participant nominations for the Global Workplace Forum are underway. During this exciting time, I am reminded that the Lausanne Movement envisions a world where the gospel has kingdom impact in every sphere of society. But what does this mean, exactly—and why does it matter? As a young Christian, I was taught in church to use…

The Gospel for Every Christian

Over two and a half billion people around the world would identify themselves as ‘Christians’—nearly one-third of the world’s population. But does this imply that they have understood or embraced the biblical gospel? Not necessarily. The story may be apocryphal, but it has been told many times by preachers in various forms. A young soldier,…

Tributes to Billy Graham from Lausanne Leaders Around the World

Lausanne leaders Michael Oh, Doug Birdsall, Michael Cassidy, and Blair Carlson share their unique reflections on being ministered to and working with the late Rev Billy Graham, Founder of the Lausanne Movement, who went to be with the Lord on 21 February 2018 at the age of 99. (Read Lausanne’s full news release here, including…

Open Call for Nominations for Lausanne Global Workplace Forum

Last month we were thrilled to introduce the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum. This month we are excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 500-1000 participants who will gather in Manila in June 2019. I hope that you are as excited as I am for what God will do through and for…

Announcing the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum

I’m thrilled to share that the next major Lausanne gathering will be the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum (GWF) in June 2019 in Manila, Philippines. The Lausanne Global Workplace Forum will bring together all streams of the Movement in order to mobilize the whole church—in every corner of the workplace—as bearers of the gospel. GWF represents…

Will You Journey with Us?

I have never felt more excited and confident about the strategic nature and global momentum of Lausanne. The Lord has been gracious as we’ve built strategic connections and collaborations between influential global mission leaders for gospel impact. May I invite you to journey with us in the next exciting season? I ask, with humility and…

New Book: Prosperity Theology and the Gospel

You couldn’t miss Brazil’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. They were a constant feature of the landscape as we drove from the airport in Sao Paulo to the town of Atibaia. Scaffolding was being erected, much painting was in process, and a clear sense of purpose filled the air. We, too, a…

500 Years and Beyond: Reformation and Mission

On 21 August, a total solar eclipse travelled across the US for the first time in 99 years. I was a little embarrassingly uninterested, and the moment passed by without much more than a resolve to not look outside and damage my eyes. I only recount this moment in hopes that a much more significant…

Curating and Sharing Missional Ideas

‘Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission’—that is the mission of the Lausanne Movement. Some powerful ideas have been introduced, promoted, and made actionable through the Lausanne Movement over the past four decades, including unreached (and unengaged) people groups, the 10/40 window, children at risk, city movements, creation care as a gospel issue, business as…

Ed Stetzer and Stephen Mbogo Appointed Regional Directors

One of the strategic visions that gave rise to the Lausanne Movement nearly five decades ago was a clearly recognized need for global leaders to be connected with one another across regions for greater impact in global missions. The growth in the global community at the end of the twentieth century was not just in…

Commited to Connecting Generations: One Year After YLG2016

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! I have been amazed and humbled to connect with Christ-centered younger leaders through my travels these past few months. 150 high school students of Muslim background coming to Christ in northern Ghana; a 30-year-old younger leader being appointed executive secretary of a network…

Better Together in Wittenberg

‘What can we do better together than if we just continued to work independently?’ Phill Butler, Lausanne Catalyst for Ministry Partnerships and Networks, shared this challenge on the first day of Wittenberg 2017, speaking to a beautifully unique gathering of influential men and women in global mission today. Butler’s question deserved a long pause for…

The Reformation in Your Pocket

‘I don’t know of a better brief introduction to the Reformation and its continuing importance today,’ says Vaughan Roberts, Lausanne plenary speaker and Rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford.  He is referring to Lausanne’s new book, The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why. There are many books on the Reformation. Why add to…

Call to Prayer for Missional Leaders in Wittenberg

Five hundred years ago, in a day when the gospel was little understood within the church, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and thus began the Reformation—a movement that worked toward a rediscovery of the gospel for the people of God and for the world. On this 500th…