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Myths, Truths, and Opportunities for Mission in Europe

Jim Memory | 23 Nov 2022

Viewed from the outside, European countries appear to have a lot in common: a shared history of wars, alliances, and trade that have served to divide and unite them; a broader cultural exchange that has extended over a period of more than two thousand years; and a certain European mindset, worldview, or ‘spirit’. We must…

Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians Taking Hands

Sara Kyoungah White | 10 Nov 2022

An evangelical businesswoman and an Orthodox archbishop are leading a global initiative bringing together evangelical and Orthodox Christians around the mission of God. The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town in 2010 brought together over 4,000 evangelical Christian leaders from nearly every country in the world. But alongside these leaders were a…

A Snapshot of the Asia 2022 Congress

Karan Thomas | 04 Nov 2022

From 17–21 October, over six hundred Christian leaders from more than twenty countries in Asia gathered in Thailand for the Asia 2022 congress, ‘Rethinking Church and Mission: God’s Agenda for Today’. Participants represented various spheres of ministry, including church leaders, pastors, organisational heads, and social entrepreneurs. Asia constitutes nearly 60 percent of the world’s population,…

How Global Is Your Faith?

Michael Oh | 25 Oct 2022

Toward the end of this year, something remarkable will happen. The 8 billionth person will be born in the world. When considering the global population, we often think about China, with 1.45 billion people, and India, with 1.4 billion. There are reasons for us as Christians to be concerned about both nations. China is a…

Politics and Prayer in Africa

Micaela Braithwaite | 24 Oct 2022

If your ambition were to see greater numbers of trees in this world, where would you begin? Surely your passion, commitment, and investment would be towards seed beds and seedlings. Time would be given to ensure that saplings were supported while they were still supple and able to be straightened. It was with this image…

A Scaffold for Prayer for Lausanne 4

Sarah Plummer | 14 Oct 2022

Edited Transcript You may have heard about the next Lausanne congress happening in Seoul in 2024. Seoul 2024 is just one part of what we are calling the Lausanne 4 (L4) process. It’s a multi-year, polycentric process that includes global listening calls, regional gatherings, the Seoul 2024 congress, and the formation of thousands of action-orientated…

Our Cultural Identities and the Gospel

Steven M. Bryan | 04 Oct 2022

Differences in collective identity were intended by God to be a rich source of blessing. Instead they have become one of humanity’s greatest sources of conflict, suspicion, alienation, and violence. The animosity engendered by cultural difference has also cut deep chasms within the church. No less than others, Christians have struggled to understand and respond…

A Journey of Encouragement through the Balkans

Micaela Braithwaite | 26 Sep 2022

A team led by Evi Rodemann visits 205 young leaders in 15 Balkan nations over the course of 21 days. Six years ago, Evi Rodemann was visiting friends in South Africa. Her friends had recently travelled around the continent in a van, strengthening church leaders along their journey. Inspired by their example, Evi returned to…

What Is Polycentric Mission Leadership?

Joseph Handley and Micaela Braithwaite | 20 Sep 2022

Video Difficult Terms: ‘Polycentric’ Joseph Handley What does the word ‘polycentric’ mean? As Jesus continues to build his Body, the global church, so the challenges as well as opportunities of diversity, ethnicity, cultures, communication, and collaboration become more apparent. As a result, mission leaders and influencers around the world are regularly required to address these…

Tutors of the Past for the Missions of Today

Justin Schell | 14 Sep 2022

We have inherited theological riches from our ancestors in the faith. It’s time we claim them. ‘Every kid in my youth ministry is a Pelagian.’ I was surprised to hear this statement from a friend, a faithful minister in the Lord. So I asked, ‘What do you mean?’ Without hesitation, he answered, ‘Somehow almost every kid…

On Haste and Urgency in Missions

Daniel Bianchi | 07 Sep 2022

As Christians, we all want to move forward quickly. But sometimes a sense of urgency can be unholy. In the 1960s, The Marvelettes released a hit called ‘Please Mister Postman’ which The Beatles, and later The Carpenters, made widely popular. The final line of the song goes like this: ‘Please, Mr. Postman / Deliver the…

Worship Is Weaponry

Darcy Luetzow Staddon | 26 Aug 2022

Praise is not merely decoration for the Christian life. It is a weapon. SOng Nehemiah Song Darcy Luetzow Staddon As a member of the Programme Planning Team for the L4NY meeting in June 2022, which gathered together all the leaders of the Lausanne Movement in-person in New York City, I was in various Zoom calls…

Seoul 2024 Congress Leaders Appointed

Lausanne Movement | 25 Aug 2022

The organizing committee of the Fourth Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, also known as Seoul 2024, has recently appointed a number of key roles for the congress including congress director, associate congress directors, programme chair, and participant selection chairs. The Fourth Congress will take place from 22 to 28 September 2024 at the Songdo Convensia…

Africa to the Rest

Yaw Perbi and Sam Ngugi | 23 Aug 2022

Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. – Psalm 68:31 African Breakthrough Africa is the most Christian continent in the world today. Hallelujah! In the year 2018, for the first time in history, there were more Christians in Africa than on any other continent in the entire…

Lausanne’s New Regional Directors

Lausanne Movement | 18 Aug 2022

The Lausanne Movement has doubled its leadership in almost all 12 regions of the world in preparation for the Seoul 2024 gathering. In the past year, the Lausanne Movement has nearly doubled its leadership in almost all 12 regions of the world. Before 2021, each of the regions had one regional director, but over the…

Taiwan and Impending Crisis: Pray with Us

David Ro | 09 Aug 2022

The next major global conflict may happen in Taiwan. The next major global conflict may happen in Taiwan and East Asia. As the threat of crisis looms, David Ro, Lausanne regional director for East Asia, leads us in prayer. Edited Transcript My name is David Ro and I’m the regional director for the Lausanne East…

A Seedling Church Plant Grows from the Ukraine War

Sara Kyoungah White | 01 Aug 2022

A Lausanne staff member and her husband share their story of fleeing Belarus and Ukraine, and starting a church plant for refugees in Poland. Early one December morning in 2021, Zmicier and Anna Chviedaruk woke to loud knocking and shouting at the door. The Belarusian police⁠ had come. ‘It was like in the movies, with…

Pray with Us: Nigeria’s Captive Girls

Gideon Para-Mallam | 26 Jul 2022

Nigeria is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian. Boko Haram and other terrorist groups, armed robbers, and the Fulani herdsmen have all targeted Christians in recent years through acts of brutality, kidnapping, and murder. One demographic that has been repeatedly targeted is young Christian women. Gideon Para-Mallam, Lausanne…

Befriending Pain in Leadership

Evi Rodemann | 22 Jul 2022

Pain and crisis are inescapable and often detrimental to leadership. How can we begin to see pain not as the enemy, but as a friend? At a European Leadership Conference a few years ago, Dr Michael Oh, global executive director / CEO of the Lausanne Movement, mentioned the following quote: ‘More than 60% of all…

Evangelism Starts at Home

Seblewongel Asrat and Anne-Christine Bataillard | 11 Jul 2022

The Lausanne Children and Evangelism Network, now called the Lausanne Children and Family Network, spent several months listening to parents and children’s ministry leaders across the globe. Almost everyone agreed the holistic development of a child happens when families are involved in discipling their children. The work of evangelism starts at home. The family is…