2019 Global Workplace Forum: Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the purpose of the 2019 Lausanne Global Workplace Forum (GWF)?

GWF will bring together a diverse range of influencers in order to mobilize the whole church—in every corner of the global workplace—as bearers of the gospel. Read the full GWF case statement.

2. When and where will GWF take place?

GWF will take place in Manila, Philippines, from 25-29 June 2019.

3. Who will participate in GWF?

An important feature of this invitation-only forum is the rigorous, prayerful, and open nomination and selection process. We want to ensure the right influencers can come together from all regions of the world, across generations, and across all 35 issue networks.

Of the 500 to 1000 globally representative participants, at least half will be from secular workplaces (not those who receive their income from a church or ministry organization), at least 30% will be women, and at least 30% will be younger leaders (ages 40 and below).

The participant nomination process is now closed. However, you can still learn more about the full participant criteria and see examples of participants’ possible spheres of work.

4. Which languages will be supported at GWF?

The official language for GWF is English, with limited support also available in Spanish and French. These languages were determined by the needs of the participants ultimately selected for the gathering.


1. How were participants nominated for GWF?

Through an open nomination process, anyone was welcome to nominate qualified participants for GWF.

2. How can I participate in GWF?

The participant nomination process is now closed. As with all major Lausanne gatherings, GWF is an invitation-only gathering and participants had to be nominated by a deadline in order to be considered by the GWF Selection Committee.

3. What type of person makes an ideal nominator?

Every participant for the Global Workplace Forum was nominated by a third party. Lausanne gatherings are not structured in a way that people can apply or nominate themselves. As a highly relational network of leaders, we depend heavily on recommendations from leaders connected with the Lausanne Movement around the world. As such, the most helpful nominations came from one of the thousands of individuals who have historically been involved in the Lausanne Movement or is in leadership in Lausanne in some way.

See the full nomination criteria.

4. When was the nomination deadline?

The nomination process was open until 30 April 2018.

5. I have a proposal for the GWF 2019 programme or would like to participate in the programme. Whom do I contact?

You may contact [email protected] and your information can be forwarded to the GWF Programme Planning Team. Please note that GWF is a working gathering rather than a traditional conference with attendees and speakers. As such, speakers at GWF will be full participants in the gathering and will have gone through the GWF participant selection process.

6. I received an email reminding me to respond to my nomination, but I have already responded. What should I do?

This may happen if you have either been nominated by multiple people or if the system has not yet updated your response, as it updates once every 24 hours. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

7. Does my reply to the nomination mean that I am registered for GWF?

No. After being nominated, you will be asked to complete your nomination through a form to be eligible for consideration by the selection committee. Your response confirms your willingness and interest in being considered by the selection committee. It also provides information necessary for the committee’s deliberations. The selection committee will review all nominations based on the participant criteria and the need for balanced representation from a diverse range of demographic criteria, and then will issue invitations to those selected.

8. When will I know if I am an officially invited participant?

All nominated participants were notified in 2018 about the decision of the GWF selection committee. If you have questions about your own status please contact [email protected].

9. What costs should I expect if I am invited as a GWF participant? Will scholarships be available?

Invited participants will be responsible for all travel expenses (accommodation, flights, ground transportation) and a registration fee. Limited scholarship funding may be available for select majority-world participants. Complete details about costs and the scholarship application process will be shared with the selected participants.

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