Engaging the spiritual gift and calling of the evangelist in partnership with the church.
In convening Lausanne I in 1974, Billy Graham modeled the pattern by conducting an evangelistic outreach in the city of Lausanne during the Congress. This gave the vision for Mission Africa where, in fellowship with the Cape Town 2010 Congress, African and international evangelists partnered and proclaimed the gospel on behalf of the local church in 12 African countries.
The direct preaching of the gospel, with proper preparation and follow-up, is at the heart of true evangelism. It engages the spiritual gift and calling of the evangelist in partnership with the church to publicly proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ and to call people to repentance and faith.
We must proclaim the truth. Spoken proclamation of the truth of the gospel remains paramount in our mission. This cannot be separated from living out the truth. Works and words must go together. The Cape Town Commitment II-A-1
The Lausanne Proclamation Evangelism issue network exists to encourage and support the work of proclamation evangelists around the world by:
We are still in the early stages of building a global network, but plan to connect a network of people committed to proclamation evangelism, to collaborate on regional strategies involving proclamation evangelism. In partnership with Lausanne, we plan to organize a conference on proclamation evangelism for approximately 300 evangelists from all 12 Lausanne regions. This conference would provide a forum for ideas, networking, and encouragement. We also hope to publish a Lausanne Occasional Paper on the biblical basis, historical background, and the opportunities and challenges of proclamation evangelism, drawing on the experience of many who have seen the fruitfulness of proclamation evangelism.
Lastly we are considering questions such as the ones below, raised at a recent Mission Africa leadership team meeting. How might the Lausanne Proclamation Evangelism issue network . . .
We value your prayers for this small but critical aspect of Lausanne’s global ministry and encourage any expressions of interest to be part of it.