Seoul 2024: an Opportunity to Listen, Gather and Act – Together

As an expression of our commitment to accelerating global mission, the Lausanne Movement’s global executive director / CEO, Michael Oh, announced today that the Fourth Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization will be held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2024. The announcement came at a gathering of leaders from across Asia who met together at…

The Largest Stage in All of History

What if I told you that you are invited to speak at one of the largest stages in the world where you will have the opportunity to address one of the largest audiences ever to have assembled in the history of mankind? To be precise, an audience of 4.62 billion people! That is the kind…

Peace, Hope, and Rest

What enables Christians to stand for peace and hope in the midst of war and strife? This Easter our global executive director / CEO, Michael Oh, shares his reflections on how our peace and hope can be grounded in Christ. Weary Christian, take heart. Full Transcript: Hello friends. I am Michael Oh, and I bring…

Why Long-Range Planning Doesn’t Work

Leaders are expected to have a vision for the future, articulated with measurable outcomes. But is that really the best way to lead? ‘Where do you expect the university to be in five or ten years?’ the best plan we could come up with around conference tables pales in comparison to the plan that God…

Why Is Prayer Crucial to Missions?

In 2010 at the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, it was my privilege to be part of the prayer team. During the congress, one young man came up to me and said, ‘I just don’t get prayer, I just don’t know why you pray.’ he did not know his Creator as a Father who loved…

Pray for Ukraine – But How?

On Thursday morning the world woke up to the news of Russia invading Ukraine. Posts calling to pray for the situation flooded social media.  As a pastor serving in neighboring Hungary I sensed that this was not going to be a normal day in the life of our region. As I was scrolling through my…

More than All We Can Ask or Imagine: Surprising Progress During a Global Pandemic

A note of thanks from Michael Oh, Executive Director / CEO As I review the progress Lausanne made in 2021, I’m humbled by God’s faithfulness to the Lausanne Movement’s mission: to connect influencers and ideas for global mission. 25,000 virtual gathering participants 66% increase in digital engagement across social media platforms 700,000 leaders in nearly…

Glimpses of God at Work

The 2019 Global Workplace Forum brought together 848 highly qualified participants from 110 countries. ‘Our work connected to Lausanne and the workplace ministry is growing very rapidly around the world with a trajectory to impact 2000 cities by 2030.’ – Mac, US ‘GWF2019 is the single greatest influence in my marketplace and workplace ministry work.’…

To the Ends of the World Wide Web

Iran is the 9th most difficult country in which to be a Christian, according to the latest 2022 Open Doors World Watch List.[1] But it is also the world’s fastest growing church.[2] How can this be? The answer lies somewhere in cyberspace. The top ten countries with the most Facebook users today are all in…

The Humble Creative

Contemporary creative culture fosters moral vice and demands a prideful character. How can a Christian pursue creativity differently? Creativity is lauded as one of the most valuable attributes of our day. LinkedIn, a popular employer-employee networking website, studied its vast network of approximately 700 million members and 50 million companies in order to learn which…

Finding Christ’s Beloved in Islamic Artistic Traditions

Several years ago, I had the incredible privilege to partner with the Lausanne Movement and paint the four pillars of the mission statement. The second of those pillars, ‘a Christ-centered church for every community’, came in the form of the global Bride of Christ, the church. Depicting the unified Body of Christ across the entire…

Required: An Invitation to a Racial Conversation

How our conversations on race can be rooted in our calling to justice, mercy, and humility. Every person has a racial story. Have you ever taken time to reflect on your unique racial story and how God is using that story to involve you with His Great Story—in which He is reconciling the world to…

Why I Love My Maverick Teammates

When we executives pick leaders across any Christian or secular field, we often look for the visionary, the organizer, or the driver. These are great. But among leaders of cross-cultural missions that traverse national and cultural norms, I find that the key common denominator is that they are creative mavericks addicted to spanning boundaries. These…

Friendship is Part of Our Gospel

The world is struggling with racial tension, religion, immorality, abuse, and equality. Friendship in Christ can address them all. Much has been written over the last 500 years about how we are saved by grace alone. However, I fear that many well-meaning Christians are still trying to earn their stripes in Christ’s army, longing for…

A Vision of the 21st Century World

How can Christians bring the gospel to the world in the 21st century? Michael Oh, global executive director / CEO of the Lausanne Movement, speaks with Keith Getty at the 2021 Getty Music Sing! conference. Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Keith Getty: Good to see you. Michael Oh: Great…

The Gospel Should’ve Changed Your Life

Are you strong on vocalizing but weak on meditation? Strong on power and authority but weak on submission and humility? When Victor Nakah first became a Christian at the age of 17, one of the first things he did was begin to repair his relationship with his siblings. ‘My relationship with my sister in particular…

Senior Leader, Here’s How You Can Encourage Younger Leaders

As older leaders, we long for the younger generations to meet Jesus and experience his healing power, be restored, and become influencers for global missions. Here are three ways we can come alongside them in the process. A UNICEF report[1] from October 2021 revealed that ‘suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-…

Fake News, Fake Gospels

Our propensity for fake news reflects our propensity for fake forms of the gospel. A few years ago, Jacob Cherian, dean of faculty at the Centre of Global Leadership Development in Bangalore, India, received a cash gift of several thousand rupees. He He gave three of those notes to a friend to use at a…

YLGen Impact Report

Introductory Messages | A Five-Year Overview | Impact, Inspiring, Igniting | Looking toward 2050 The most important long-term strategic investment for any entity or endeavor is people. For the Lausanne Movement as we look forward to our next major global congress in 2024, and beyond to 2050, we’re committed to playing our part in impacting…

5 Principles for Fruitfulness in Urban Ministry

In his book Center Church, Tim Keller poses this premise: ‘A more biblical theme for ministerial evaluation than either success or faithfulness is fruitfulness.’ How can we as a community of leaders be maximally fruitful over the next decade in our respective cities, communities, and churches? After living in New York City for 35 years…