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…

The Extraordinary Re-Evangelization of Europe

Will European churches wake up to what God is doing across the continent? The future of Europe depends on it. In many ways, Christianity is what made Europe Europe. No other continent has been exposed to Christianity for such a prolonged period and in such an extensive way. Yet just as Europe was the first…

‘Code Red for Humanity’

As Christians, we have a vision of God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven. That vision is not only for eternity. It is to guide us into hope-fuelled action now. In August 2021 the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest assessment report (AR6, WG1), an agreed synthesis from hundreds of scientists and…

How COVID Has Impacted the Future of Human Migration

Over the last few months several colleagues in mission organizations and seminaries around the world have asked me, ‘How has the pandemic impacted the future of human migration and mission?’ Here are three initial reflections, from the macro level down to the micro. First, from a macro-level and long-term perspective, the pandemic has caused a…

Befriending Our Generational Neighbours

Generational differences are a great challenge—but also a hopeful opportunity for unlikely gospel friendships to bloom. Recently a younger leader was invited to join a Lausanne regional team. After her first meeting, she texted a group on WhatsApp that she needed encouragement because ‘those guys are old.’ The challenge of generational integration in leadership is…

Letting Local Believers Shine

For missions work today, people are still needed ‘from everywhere’, as long as they come with a deep desire to make our local brothers and sisters shine. When I think of the kind of people who are most suitable for serving in overseas missions in this day and age, I am not thinking of mission workers…

Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Evangelize to Jews—and Why You Should

When Jesus walked among us, he did so as a Jewish man—a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and King David. Most of the first disciples and authors of the New Testament were Jewish. In Acts chapter 2, when the church is birthed on the day of Pentecost, it is predominantly Jewish. The gospel message is…

A Tribute to John Stott 100 Years After His Birth

Lausanne’s global executive director and CEO Michael Oh shares a tribute to John Stott, the co-founder of the Lausanne Movement, marking the centenary of his birth on 27 April 1921. ‘Uncle John’ (as he is affectionately known in the Movement) played an instrumental role in bringing the global church together for the First Congress on…

The Legacy of John Stott through the Lausanne Movement

Editor’s Note: One hundred years ago in London, John Stott was born. In honour of the centenary of his birth, this piece aims to give an overview of his global impact especially through the Lausanne Movement, which he co-founded. John Stott was a colossus. As Jim Packer said on hearing news of his death in…

The Head and Heart of the Lausanne Movement

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on JohnStott100.org, a campaign website commemorating the centenary of John Stott’s birth. It is republished here with permission. The two leaders with whom the Lausanne Movement is most closely associated are Billy Graham and John Stott. Billy was the face and voice of the movement. That voice echoed…

From Grief to Easter Joy

As God’s family we enter into this Easter season aware of the immense turmoil in every corner the world today, and in our very hearts. For many of us the last year has been one of the most challenging years in our memory and in some way each of us have experienced the reality of…