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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…

Preaching the Wounded Jesus to a Wounded People

Given the situation in his home country, South Sudan, it seemed completely impossible for Peter Aloro to make it to the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG2016). Locked in his office in war-torn Juba, with bullets flying all around him, he had little hope of even staying alive. But our God is a miracle worker, and…

Calling the Church to Affirm Wealth Creators

‘What is the role of wealth creation in holistic transformation?’ Have you ever heard a sermon or participated in a small group Bible study that answered this question? If your answer is ‘No’, you are not alone. Although I have been preaching and teaching the Bible for over four decades, I had never addressed that…

Children at Risk: Vulnerable Agents of God’s Work

The Lausanne Occasional Paper (LOP) on Mission with Children at Risk has been a large undertaking, and is now available in the Lausanne content library. Promoting a high view of Scripture and a high view of children, the LOP envisions Children at Risk (CAR) as whole and complex human beings and vulnerable agents of God’s…

New Regional Directors in Eurasia, MENA, and Latin America

It is my joy to share about encouraging developments in several Lausanne regions. As the Lausanne Movement seeks to fulfill its mission of ‘connecting influencers and ideas for global mission’, it is structured in 12 global regions, each encompassing a huge area of geography with tremendous diversity and complexity. Each of the 12 global regions…

Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation

“Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives  you the ability to produce wealth.” (Deut 8:18) The Bible talks about wealth in three ways; one is bad and two are good. Hoarding of wealth is condemned. Sharing of wealth is encouraged. But there is no wealth to be shared unless it has…

Generous and Sacrificial Giving

Thank you Lausanne family for the tremendous blessing of your prayers and partnership. The Lord has provided! As you may know we were surprised by a critical financial challenge in the last months of 2016 because one our most faithful donors was unable to fulfill a significant pledge. This put our volunteer-driven Movement under considerable…

The Lausanne Legacy: Landmarks in Global Mission

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.…

Connector 2.0—The Missional Connection App

The Connector was born on a napkin en route from Paris to Jakarta. Little did I know what would follow that in-flight brainstorming. The Connector grew into a website and mobile app that allowed more than 1,000 younger leaders and mentors participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering to truly connect for global mission…

Celebrating New Lausanne Catalysts

When a catalyst is present, chemical reactions proceed more rapidly. Assisted by a catalyst, substances combine to form something new. Our 64 Lausanne Catalysts, who head our 34 Issue Networks, sometimes co-leading as teams of two or three, connect people and ideas to generate new ideas and initiatives. These networks address many of the greatest…

The Gospel for Every Person Painting

This commissioned painting by Bryn Gillette beautifully shows the first part of Lausanne’s four-fold vision for global mission, which is ‘The Gospel for Every Person’. Below is Bryn’s Artist Statement about the painting. You can also see a short video of the unveiling of this painting at the Younger Leaders Gathering in Indonesia. Christmas is…

Mentored and Now Mentoring—A YLG Story

‘Talking to this woman of God was the highlight of the whole gathering for me’, says Lilian Gitonga, one of the participants of the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. She left Jakarta with the conviction that mentoring for the next generation of leaders should be encouraged all over the world. Arriving to Indonesia a few…

Giving to a Movement of Volunteers

In my last blog, I wrote about being blindsided by a major financial hardship. Two-thirds of Lausanne’s budget has been affected by the unexpected loss of a significant gift that was committed for 2016. Two-thirds of our budget means that this affects not the periphery of what we do as a Movement, but our core…

Blindsided by a Major Obstacle

The Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering this past August has surged the Movement ahead with tremendous momentum, but we’ve been blindsided by a major obstacle. I recently found out that our largest financial partner is unable to make a significant gift that was committed for 2016. This financial partner is a beloved friend of Lausanne, and…

God at Work in YLG2016

‘Life changing.’ These are the words some participants used to describe the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in a meeting just a few days ago with their Regional Director. Over 1,000 younger leaders and mentors from more than 140 countries gathered in Indonesia for YLG2016 in August. Expectations of these younger leaders were extremely high.…

Does Christ’s love compel you to love the lost? – Stories from YLG

‘For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly…

Faithful One, So Unchanging – Stories from YLG

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set…

Connecting and Equipping in Jakarta – Stories from YLG

Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples! Psalm 96:2-3 Looking out on the city below, the roads are busy but traffic is flowing. The sun is shining and the leaves on the trees are…

YLG2016 Next Week: Moving beyond Talk

How can we make sure that the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering will move beyond theory and talk, to become a gathering that will bring collaborative action and commitment toward the Great Commission? The Planning Team has sincerely struggled with this question for the past three years. A year and a half into the planning,…

Grassroots communities form in the countdown to YLG2016

Everyone with a passion for social change knows that real breakthroughs happen when there is opportunity created for and given to grassroots initiatives. This structure might just be true to global mission. Early in the preparations for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG2016) we decided that we’d like to see people get connected for global…