The Hole in Our Gospel

Is your gospel more like an insurance policy? Too easily, we buy and put away the gospel for safekeeping with no other changes required. In this talk from the 2010 Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, Richard Stearns envisions a future in which Christians begin to live the whole gospel, not a gospel with a hole in it; a future in which Christians not only speak the good news, but are the good news.

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The Great and Pressing Priority of Christian Community

When the world looks at the church, too often they do not say, ‘See how they love one another,’ but rather, ‘See how they attack and hurt each other.’ Too many Christians in churches are suffering from a lack of love, leaving them feeling isolated and lonely, used and criticized. It is not our planning and our programs alone but rather our relationships and our community—that which is costly, sacrificial, compassionate, caring, and self-denying—that will bridge the divides, bind the wounds, and shine as a witness to one another and to the world.

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Getting the ‘Dream Job’

As leaders in the workplace, we desire to think more deeply and carefully about our life of discipleship and our witness in our work. Expounding on Daniel 2 at the 2019 Global Workplace Forum, Rosalee Velloso Ewell encourages us to see the long view of our faith journeys, learning not to be heroes but disciples.

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Did Jesus Wear Designer Robes?

When Christanity emphasizes success and wealth as the genuine marks of faith, we are led from triumph to triumph but leave behind the suffering Savior at his cross. Are we pursuing worldly interests at the cost of neglecting the deepest values of the kingdom of God?

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Building Hope and Resilience in the COVID-19 Storm

The COVID-19 pandemic traumas of fear, death, sickness, and strife have left the world shaken. Gladys Mwiti, psychologist and trauma specialist, helps us process the pandemic as she outlines an action plan for hope and resilience.

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It’s Just that Easy

More than half the world’s population are oral learners. We tend to overcomplicate and overthink what it means to communicate God’s truth to such people. But it’s as simple as telling a story.

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Who Gets the Credit in Collaborative Efforts?

‘The ability to share credit is a good indicator of the health of any partnership or network,’ writes Phill Butler. Through offering a biblically-grounded framework of partnership and practical steps toward sharing credit effectively, Butler helps us rediscover the freedom and joy of working together for the gospel.

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The Urgency of Praying for Sikhs

Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion, but most Christians remain ignorant of its beliefs, cultures, and practices. In October 2019, over sixty ministry leaders and practitioners gathered to address this lack of engagement with Sikhs. The resulting Edmonton Appeal is a succinct and urgent call to the church to learn about, pray for, and engage with Sikhs in our communities and around the world.

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International Students and the Future of the World

What if the ends of the earth are as close as our local universities? International students and scholars represent both a current missional opportunity as well as the future leadership of the world. It is one of the greatest opportunities and strategies for global mission. Find resources for every engagement level through the Worldwide International Student Ministry Network page.

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How Much Does It Cost You to Be a Christian?

In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly condemns those who refuse to get involved and who refuse to inconvenience themselves in order to be of help to others. In a world that rejects the principle of sacrifice, are Christians living any differently? Though we claim to be followers of a cross-bearing Savior, have we become cross-evading disciples?

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3 Tools for Post-COVID Wineskins

What tools do we need to make the new wineskins of global mission in a post-COVID world? Michael Oh, CEO and global executive director of the Lausanne Movement, spoke at the beginning of the pandemic about the need for collaboration, leadership, and a global mindset—wisdom that needs revisiting today.

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Building a Movable Pulpit for Mental Health

The world is hungry for sacred sanctuaries in which theology and pastoral care encounter one another to bring people’s stories into God’s stories. As those with a calling for the whole-life well-being of people, how can we as Christians create movable pulpits for mental health? 

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Calling the Church Back to Humility, Integrity, and Simplicity

When there is no distinction in conduct between Christians and non-Christians, then the world is right to wonder if our Christianity makes any difference at all. What then does it mean to live in radical distinctiveness, to be part of God’s new humanity? This 5-day devotional plan based on The Cape Town Commitment will lead you to walk in the way of love, humility, integrity, and simplicity.

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The Redemptive Analogies in Our Hearts

Eternity in our hearts is often manifested through the arts—from music to museums, sacred celebrations to television, the arts not only reveal our desire for God, but more fully reflect who God is. Celebrate the beauty of the gospel within different cultural contexts in this short video from the Lausanne Global Classroom episode on the Arts.

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Should Urban Missionaries Learn Indigenous Languages?

Greater fluency with Western languages in urban centers of the Majority World have led some Western missionaries to abandon the often costly, inconvenient efforts to learn indigenous tongues. But what are the implications of a Western-language ministry in a non-Western context? According to Jim Harries, the results can be devastating. 

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Leveraging Business for Gospel Change

We have a huge opportunity today to leverage the God-given power of business to address some of the world’s most pressing spiritual, social, environmental, and economic issues. Explore our Business as Mission Issue Network page to get connected to a burgeoning movement of business professionals bringing gospel change to the world.

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Why We Need the Holy Spirit

‘Without the convicting work of the Spirit, our preaching is in vain. Without the gifts, guidance and power of the Spirit, our mission is mere human effort. And without the fruit of the Spirit, our unattractive lives cannot reflect the beauty of the gospel.’ The Cape Town Commitment

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Three Gifts Only the Church Can Give

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges that require us to think and act in a globally-connected but locally-focused way—which is precisely the mentality of the gospel. Carol Kingston-Smith suggests the church in mission is uniquely positioned to work for the common good of a pandemic and post-pandemic world, through the giving of three key gifts.

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An Inconvenient Love

As believers and Christian leaders, do we poke the world from a safe distance with our poles of public images and aphorisms, or do we offer a vulnerable and costly love that is ready to be inconvenienced? The world is hungering for an encounter with God, and we can only be true witnesses of our Lord when we walk with transparency and accountability.

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A Small Step toward Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

86% of Muslims don’t know a single Christian. How can we move beyond fear and hatred to befriend and share the gospel with our Muslim neighbors? We can start with the simple step of learning more. Our one-page infographic about Islam is the perfect place to begin. 

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The Late René Padilla and the Speech that Shook the World

The 1974 Lausanne Congress was the first time leaders from the Global South were given a place among the world’s evangelical leadership. So when Latin American theologian René Padilla ascended the podium to give his address, he carried the hopes of the Global South with him. In honour of René’s passing on 27 April 2021, we bring to you the seminal address that set the 1974 Congress alight. His message rebuking worldly culture-Christianity and challenging the global church to move instead toward humility, theological renewal, and cross-fertilization remains timeless and especially prescient for us today.

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Our Oneness Strengthens Our Witness

There are some things we can do alone, more things we can do together, and still more when we work together with God. This historic piece from Manila 1989 rings ever true in our tribally minded, politically divided, denominationally superior culture. What does true cooperation look like for the diverse Body of Christ—and how we can bring unity into and between our churches?

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Becoming a Healthy Multicultural Team

Multicultural teams are becoming more and more the norm. But when cultures clash, misunderstandings abound, and tensions run high, how do we move forward with grace? 

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Are You Biblically Anorexic?


Churches in the West have a big problem: they are overrun by biblical anorexia, filled with people who have no appetite for the Word. In this succinct and perceptive talk, Fergus Macdonald demonstrates how the Scriptures are more than a science, a sound byte, a collection of information, or a hobby—God’s Word is an art, a story, the only true way to transformation, and a habitat where we dwell and are renewed.

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Church Metaphors for Metamorphosis

In this excerpt, Chris Wright points us to the many facets of our identity as God’s beloved church. The church is made up of ordinary people with many faults and failures, and yet it is described in metaphors and images that speak of something far greater. What happens when ordinary people like us encounter the transforming power of being, together, the church? We undergo a metamorphosis. 

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Colonialism, Missionaries, and Lamin Sanneh

The late Lamin Sanneh of Yale Divinity School dared to challenge the narrative of missionary complicity in colonialism, bringing a much needed balance to the historically marred image of Christian witness in Africa. In this age of heated racial tension, may we borrow a leaf from this man that now rests with the cloud of witnesses, and be witnesses in our own times.

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Luis Palau on Fearless Evangelism

Editor’s Note: This week we bring to the spotlight a piece from Luis Palau presented at the Second International Congress on World Evangelization held in Manila in 1989. Palau, a widely known evangelist whose ministry reached millions of people over many years, passed away on 11 March 2021 at the age of 86. 

Evangelism is the best form of social action. It deals with the root of the problem, not with the symptoms. Yet why do we shrink away from itwhat are we afraid of? Luis Palau addresses our fears in light of Christ and the power of the Spirit to not only better, but change lives.

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Do People of Integrity Still Exist?

To be Christian is to live with integrity—to bring the whole of our lives into alignment with Christ, including our finances, our sexuality, and our motives. Explore the Global Integrity Network page to learn to live against the grain and join a global movement restoring integrity in every sphere of society.

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Poverty Is Not a Handicap to Serving the Lord

‘As Christians, poverty is not a handicap to serving the Lord. We should not wait for help from the wealthy to do our work. We have spiritual, human, and material resources at hand and must learn to be good stewards of them.’ —Edna Lee de Gutierrez

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A Right Embrace of Wealth Creation as Christians

The idea of wealth creation has been misunderstood, neglected, or even rejected by the church. But what does the Bible say about the creation of wealth? In this Lausanne Global Analysis article, Mats Tunehag argues that business and wealth creation are not only worthy pursuits, but essential to who God is and who we are.

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Jesus, Our Passionate Leader

Whether we’re shy or outgoing, as followers of Christ we are called to be passionate people—because Jesus himself is passionate. With humor and wisdom, Mutua Mahiaini, President of The Navigators, guides us to the source of Jesus’ passion so that we, too, can feel and live out God’s burning desire to love the world he made.

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Rethinking Seminary Education

It’s time to reconsider the way we prepare future church leaders. Is ‘traditional’ theological training enough? With the aim of sparking constructive discussion, Brian E. Woolnaugh challenges us to break free from the ivory towers and into the harvest-laden fields. 

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3 Case Studies of Kingdom Collaboration

What if you knew the same dreams that stir in your heart for a corner of global mission are also stirring in the heart of another? All around the world, thanks to an unprecedented era of advances in technology and the Internet, God’s people are connecting over common visions and partnering together to reach the nations.

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Praying God’s Heart for the Nations

God longs for the peoples of all nations to know and love him. Join with his heart through Praying for the World, a resource for individuals and churches to pray well-informed and compassionate prayers for the regions and countries of the world. Preview a sample, then subscribe to receive weekly bulletins in your inbox

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Daniel in the Cubicle: Creative Discipleship in the Workplace

Christians in the workplace are called to creative discipleship—a lifelong learning about our context and discerning God’s Word within it. But this is a call we can’t do alone. Join hands across time and space with Daniel, of the lion’s den fame, for a four-day YouVersion devotional about persevering in challenging workplaces, navigating difficult relationships, and discovering the power of fellowship and prayer.

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The Transcendent Culture of Servant Leadership

By washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus created a new and universal calling to servant leadership, one that transcends all cultures, societal boundaries, and times. How can each of us respond to this call and take up the paradoxical mantle of both serving and leading?

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The Future Is as Bright as the Promises of God

Too often, the world does not see the church as an instrument of justice, mercy, and reconciliation, but rather as a harbinger of judgment and condemnation. Modeled after Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, Doug Birdsall speaks his vision for the global church.

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God at Work in Person-to-Person Meetings

The same Spirit that guided Philip to the desert to speak with the eunuch in Acts 8 guides believers today to reach the lost, especially through person-to-person conversations. Through the story of a personal encounter in the Arabian Peninsula, this historic article from Lausanne 1974 reveals how God is, and has been, at work in the hardest and most impossible places to find his lost sheep.

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Standing in the Gap for Children-at-Risk

Approximately half of all children in the world are considered at risk of hunger, abandonment, abuse, poverty, child labor, and/or trafficking. But this tragic statistic isn’t just a plea for sympathy—it’s a call to action. How can the global church alleviate the suffering of children-at-risk, raising them to be unique, gifted co-labourers in mission?

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From Lukewarm Death to Fullness of Life

In a world filled with gods demanding our time and shaping our lives, the call to take our one God seriously is as urgent today as it was in ancient Greece. What can give us the courage to go, the conviction to speak, and the conversion that brings life? What can breathe true fullness of life into our lukewarm lives of death? Contrary to what the world tells us, the answer is not in our influence, power, money, or gifts, but rather in the upside-down power of the gospel.

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Confident, Creative and Costly Local Leadership

‘If God is doing a mighty work around the world, local leaders can take heart that our inability (or even our ability), our lack of resources (or even our resources), our lack of power and privilege, can indeed be transformed in his mighty hands as valuable tools for his service. The Spirit of God is able to employ what we have and do not have to accomplish his grand purposes.’

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Resources for Raising Up Leaders with Disabilities

1 in 7 people in the world has a disability, yet most have not found their place in a local church. How can those with disabilities be not only ministered to, but empowered to lead? In the words of Joni Eareckson Tada, “Disability ministry is not disability ministry unless the disabled are ministering.” Explore the resources on this page to learn more.

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Living in King Jesus’ Economy

As globalization lifts people out of material poverty, is it also re-enslaving them to the chains of individualistic, self-centred materialism? Brian Fikkert, author of When Helping Hurts, writes about a different kind of economy that we as Christians should be shaped by, one where Jesus is king.

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Witnessing in the Workplace

On each working day, God’s scattered church around the globe is designed to be the fragrance of Christ in a watching and needy world. What does it look like to be a witness for the Lord in our workplaces? Steve Osei-Mensah unpacks Daniel 1 to show the mindset, direction, and boundaries we can put into place in order to experience God’s faithfulness and fulfill his purpose for our lives. This series of talks from the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum has also been made into a corresponding YouVersion plan.

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Your Toil Is Not in Vain

Editor’s Note: Ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, over 4,000 Christian leaders from 198 countries gathered as one body to call the global church to action, shaping world missions as we know it today. In the weeks following the 10th anniversary, explore our curated resources from Cape Town 2010 as we move forward into a new decade.

Have we sidelined crucial doctrine for fear of division? Has our faith become contained to home and church, with little impact in society? How can we as the global church touch the world with the gospel? Lindsay Brown passionately wrestles with these questions in this rousing conclusion to Cape Town 2010. Ten years later, Lindsay’s call to action and perseverance is just as riveting and relevant today as it was then.

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A Devotional Plan for Loving the Nations

Editor’s Note: Ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, over 4,000 Christian leaders from 198 countries gathered as one body to call the global church to action, shaping world missions as we know it today. During this month of the 10th anniversary, explore our curated resources from Cape Town 2010 as we move forward into a new decade.

Jesus’ call for us to love our neighbours as ourselves includes people of other faiths, even if this puts us at risk of danger and shame. Now available through the YouVersion Bible app, this 5-day devotional plan based on The Cape Town Committment will help you lean into the heart of Jesus through prayer, Scripture, and reflection.

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Our Roadmap and Touchstone

Editor’s Note: Ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, over 4,000 Christian leaders from 198 countries gathered as one body to call the global church to action, shaping world missions as we know it today. During this month of the 10th anniversary, explore our curated resources from Cape Town 2010 as we move forward into a new decade.

The Cape Town Commitment is the conviction and voice of a multitude hailing from nearly every nation on earth. As our roadmap for the past ten years, the CTC has been the touchstone for countless global gatherings, publications, and collaborative initiatives. Discover why it has changed the world. 

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A World that Is as One

Editor’s Note: Ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, over 4,000 Christian leaders from 198 countries gathered as one body to call the global church to action, shaping world missions as we know it today. During this month of the 10th anniversary, explore our curated resources from Cape Town 2010 as we move forward into a new decade.

Our world is rife with divisions and conflict, and Christians aren’t surprised by this; it is a natural consequence of sin. What does Christian unity then mean both for the world and for our imperfect local churches? Reflecting on Ephesians 4:1-16, Vaughn Roberts explores the unglamorous but great ministry of the word and prayer, pointing us to God’s plan to unite all things in Christ.

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Unleashing Love, Righteousness, and Justice in the Workplace

Work for us today is seen either as necessary drudgery or all-consuming idolatry. Isn’t it time we changed the message? Andy Mills returns us to the biblical paradigm of work as a glorious calling, a means through which God unleashes love, righteousness, and justice to every corner and cubicle of the world.

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Malcolm Muggeridge on Living through an Apocalypse

In this prophetic piece from 1974, journalist and writer Malcolm Muggeridge, whose expansive career included the World Wars and Stalinist Russia, and whose conversion to Christianity introduced Mother Teresa to the world, powerfully reminds us that ‘however somberly at times the darkness may lower, and however men may seem at times to prefer the darkness, the light that first came to Galilee 2,000 years ago, and through the succeeding centuries has illuminated all that was greatest in the work and lives of men, can never be put out.’

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Reflecting Christ’s Heart in Freedom and Justice

The world’s marginalized and oppressed call out to the global church of Christ. Do we have the ears to hear, the hands to serve, and the heart to love? Take the first steps toward building the peace of Christ in our divided and broken world through browsing our one-page infographic.

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Diversity without Division

Unity and diversity within the church often feel mutually exclusive. Is it possible to balance both? The global Faith at Work movement is a prime example of how collaboration between disparate parts has led to unity without uniformity and diversity without division⁠—true partnership that is based not just on equality, but synergy. It all begins with a single step.

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True Freedom from Shame

Shame is a power whose dominion is widespread and universal, isolating and even killing individuals in dark cells of despair and hopelessness. But for those who have been overcome and debilitated by shame, true freedom is possible. Christ gives us both the new life we long for and the new community we need.

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Becoming the Next ‘Greatest Generation’

‘We don’t know if these are the best of times or the worst of times. All we know is that they are your times. And God is raising up a generation of people for himself.’ Doug Birdsall’s 7 definitions of greatness for God’s glory may not be what you expect.

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The Problem of False Prophets in Africa

Moses Owojaiye writes, ‘I do not know of any other ministry that has damaged the image of the church in the African public square today more than that of the self-proclaimed prophets. […] For this growing breed of avaricious pastors, the greater the material accoutrements, the more apparent is the stamp of God’s approval on their ministry.’

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Walking in the Newness of Life

We have published our theological books, researched our church growth strategies, attended our global mission conferences—yet have we made Christianity unpalatable by how we live our lives? It is time to turn our orthodoxy into orthopraxy, our principles into practice, our theology into lifestyle; time to seek God not in Jerusalem and our fortresses, but on Main Street and the grocery store.

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Leighton Ford on Risk, Endurance, and Passion for the Gospel

God has put the dream of his kingdom into the hearts of his people. What do God’s dreamers look like? In his address from the Manila 1989 gathering, Leighton Ford shows that they risk. They last. They keep their lamps burning.

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The Growing Movement for the World’s Cities

God is choreographing the nations into our city neighborhoods. Every week, three million people move to cities, where the most numbers of the next generation of young people, the most unreached peoples who have migrated, the culture shapers, and the poorest of the poor all live together. Yet the church is quickly losing its urban relevancy. Learn more through this collection of resources to find out how you can get connected to the growing movement for the world’s cities.

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Christ’s Peace in Our Divided World

Every day, the news brings more evidence of how broken and divided our world is. Take the next 5 days to reflect on and rest in the peace we have in Christ and can share with the world. This devotional plan is based on The Cape Town Commitment and is available through YouVersion.

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What the Bible Says about Immigrants

Today over 272 million people—about 1 in every 29 persons—are international migrants, with that number growing steadily. The resulting political, religious, and social turmoil is splashed across many a nation’s headlines. Yet Scripture reveals a profound interconnectedness between human migration and divine action. What does it mean for Christians to identify as strangers and pilgrims on the earth? And how should that shape the church’s engagement with migrants?

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Where Wall Street and the Word Collide

Worldwide, a growing movement of Christians is asking, “How do I integrate the claims of my faith with the demands of my work?” In this video from the 2019 Global Workplace Forum, David Miller reflects on his mentorship under John Stott to paint the current global landscape of the faith and work movement.  

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Virtual Meetings and the Great Commission

The world of virtual meetings has skyrocketed in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a tour of virtual missions and ministries happening around the world today, to learn how you can better serve in your corner of the web.

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Healthcare Missions with Shalom

Jesus’ ministry on earth was marked by an integration of physical healing with spiritual deliverance. This one-page infographic shows how Christians in healthcare mission should follow Jesus in integrating health and mission, so that they can live out God’s desire to heal his people and bring them towards wholeness. 

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Reconciliation as the Mission of God

As Christians we are called to be agents of reconciliation in a broken world, but often we are guilty of only intensifying the world’s hurts. Whether it is through furthering division and destruction or by remaining silent and neutral in the face of it, this troubled situation calls for prayer, discernment, and repentance. Above all, it calls for us to reclaim our identity as a people of hope; hope in God’s victory in Christ, and hope in the truth that reconciliation is ultimately God’s mission.

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The Good News in a World of Bad News

As disciples of Jesus, we are gospel people. Against the bleak narratives of a fallen world, we tell a different story: the gospel of Jesus and the assurance and transformation he brings in our lives and in the world. Read this excerpt from The Cape Town Commitment to reorient your heart today to the promise and power of the good news of Jesus Christ.

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The Role Only Children Can Play in Our Churches

Children are not just recipients of adult ministry—they are co-members of Christ’s body with vital gifts to give our churches. How can we empower them to take up their God-given roles? 

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The Church as Steward of the Earth

The church is called to be the center of the mandate to care for creation, and yet in many places, creation care is last on Christians’ list of priorities. In this video from the Lausanne Global Classroom episode on Creation Care, leaders from around the world envision what it could look like if Christians were to fully claim their identity as stewards of the earth.

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Restoring Missional Vision in Theological Education

90% of churches worldwide have leaders with no formal theological training. Yet most current models for evangelical theological education are a poor fit for Christians in the burgeoning churches of the Majority World, overemphasizing cerebral learning at the expense of professional training in mission and ministry. If theological education is to be effective and not become a fossil, what needs to change?

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The Friendship of Billy Graham and John Stott

Billy Graham had a special term for what should characterize Christian leaders around the world. He called it ‘the spirit of Lausanne’—a spirit of humility, friendship, prayer, study, partnership, and hope—the very spirit mirrored in his special friendship with John Stott. Learn more about their friendship and explore exclusive resources through our page dedicated to these two remarkable men of God.

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Why the Church Needs Business

Business as mission (BAM) is a concept as old as the Bible, one that has been rediscovered in our generation. This introductory video to the global BAM ecosystem shows how business is not just a cover-up for missions, but a God-glorifying instrument for the holistic transformation of societies and a key strategy for serving the unreached, the poor, and the hurting.

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Immigrant-Majority Church Relations in the West

Nigerian churches in Germany, Filipino churches in Norway, Chinese churches in the US: across Europe and North America, non-Western, migrant-type churches have been sprouting and thriving for decades. In a current world climate fraught with complex tensions around migration, is it possible for the two to serve together rather than apart? What would it take for that to happen?

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Michael Cassidy on Commitment and Sacrifice in World Evangelization

One of the perils of our time is that we have many good intentions and impassioned words, but fall short when asked to commit, to sacrifice, and to persevere—things that the Apostle Paul knew well. Michael Cassidy opens up the life of Paul to ‘set our face to Jerusalem’, showing us we cannot continue the evangelization of the world without commitment and sacrifice.

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The Greatest Threat to Your Ministry Is You

In our sharp attention to the culture wars around us, have we lost our ability to see the wars that rage in our own churches and in our own hearts? Michael Oh, Global Executive Director / CEO of the Lausanne Movement, calls believers to lives of radical distinctiveness grounded in humility, integrity, and simplicity.

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Where Do You Fall on the Adversity Scale?

Jesus said his followers should expect adversity as the norm, but not all trials and tribulations are the same. Susan Perlman, a founder of Jews for Jesus, gives wisdom on how to not only respond to personal, political, and physical trials, but to thrive under them, drawing closer to the heart of Jesus.

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God at Work in the Bleak and Barren

‘When our dreams are tossed and blown, and when success eludes us, and stress enfeebles us, authentic ideas of God serve as a bulwark of defense and a source of comfort and counsel. God never abdicates his throne or abandons history.’ Manuel Scott

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Chris Wright on Why Europe Needs the Face of Jesus

An overwhelming majority of Europeans think their children will have a worse life than themselves. Europe needs hope in an era of corruption, injustice, and distrust, but instead of engaging with the world, Christians have opted out. How can we reclaim our courage and integrity to be the face of Jesus? Theologian Chris Wright brings the voices of friends from Great Britain to Greece, Spain to Germany to describe the greatest challenges facing the continent today, and the radical freedom that alone can overcome them.

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Innovation and Startup Mentality in Mission

The call of the gospel requires divergent, creative, innovative thinking and action in order to spread the gospel to the corners of the world. What can turn an intuitive idea into an integral mission innovation? What does it look like to apply a startup mentality to mission? Taking lessons from recent advances in social and business/technology innovation, this article from Lausanne Global Analysis provides guidance and resources for Christians to engage creatively with a world in need.

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Women Are the Key to Community Transformation

Around the world, there is consistent proof that when women are empowered, entire communities are transformed. The church must take the lead in surmounting challenges for women and in making room for the marginalized and oppressed in order to see the miracle of societal transformation.

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The Difference Humility Makes in Ministry

As culturally embedded people, we often face conflict when trying to serve and befriend those different from us. How can we identify with those we serve without losing our authentic identity? How can a humble attitude help us foster genuine friendships with those on the other side?

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10 Priorities for Christian Engagement with Muslims

In many parts of the world, conflict between Christians and Muslims runs rife. In 2014, global leaders of this pressing issue gathered for the Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam to determine the 10 priorities for Christian engagement with Muslims. Read the outcome to better understand Jesus’ call to us to engage in the ministry of reconciliation to all peoples, including our Muslim neighbors.

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What Do You Know about (Dis)ability Ministry?

One in seven people worldwide suffer from disabilities, with 80% living in less developed nations. Through small actions taken by many, we can work toward a world in which ministry to, through, and by disabled persons is a thriving reality. Get started with our one-page infographic, then share it with your friends.

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Do We Care about Corruption?

Have we as Christians become immune to the deeply disturbing and damaging effects of corruption? Many of us hear of scandals and scams and simply shrug and look the other way. What should a truly Christlike response be? How can we invest our time, energy, and finances into building societies and individual lives of integrity?

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Beginning the Conversation on Buddhism

What can we do to bring the gospel to the 500 million people in the world who are Buddhist? Despite missionary efforts around the globe, less than 5% of Buddhist heartlands have come to Christ in the past two centuries. Use this one-page infographic as a starting point to learn more about how we can reach Buddhists.

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Redefining ‘The Whole Church’

Many of us in evangelical churches draw sharp lines to indicate who’s in and who’s out. We assume that our expression of the greater Christian tradition embodies ‘the whole church’. Yet Christ spent much of his time dismantling such doctrinal divides. How can we follow Christ to find common ground, hinging together the disparate parts of the church universal into one community based on love? How can we truly be the whole church?

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Children-at-Risk as Co-Agents of Mission

In every region of the world, children face the devastating effects of extreme poverty, trafficking and prostitution, the refugee crisis, violence and abuse. But each child is much more than a victim or a tragic label. What can we do to minister to, for, and with children-at-risk?

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Church among the Skyscrapers

What can we do to accelerate the impact of Christianity in our cities? For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Every week 1.5 million people move into urban centers, with that number rising. Yet the church is not moving into cities as fast as the world is. For the gospel to transform and flourish in our cities, we need a global alliance not just of leaders in the church, but leaders in the nonprofit sector and the marketplace.

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Rekindle Your Passion for World Evangelization

God’s heart longs for all peoples to know and love him. But do our hearts long for this too? Join hands with thousands around the world to recalibrate and rekindle your passion for the unreached through this free devotional plan based on The Cape Town Commitment. 

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A Devotional Plan for Loving the Nations

Jesus’ call for us to love our neighbours as ourselves includes people of other faiths, even if this puts us at risk of danger and shame. Now available through the YouVersion Bible app, this 5-day devotional plan based on The Cape Town Committment will help you lean into the heart of Jesus through prayer, Scripture, and reflection.

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Creating Space for Artists in Our Churches

Whether it is through song, word, movement, or canvas, the arts play a unique and powerful role in opening our eyes and hearts to the beauty of the gospel. How can churches encourage artists to use their gifts both in and out of the church as part of the larger mission of God? This video from the Lausanne Global Classroom episode on the Arts opens the conversation on how creative souls can be nurtured and engaged as God intended. 

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Four Ways to Connect with the New Global Youth Culture

Young people are more globally connected today than ever before—watching the same shows, eating the same food, listening to the same music, wearing the same trends, and universally viewing the church as an outmoded tradition of the past. To love the youth of this emerging global culture, the old ways aren’t enough. We need new missional models and approaches.

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The Victory that Resembles Defeat

Though they may seem to all the world insignificant and defeated, God’s praying, obedient servants will triumph with Christ when all is done. In this historic content from Manila 1989, Brother Andrew challenges believers to bear the cross and follow Christ with joy and courage, even into certain danger; for ‘the greatest heresy is a church that does not love’.

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Developing Disciples Jesus’ Way

Discipleship is hard. It requires vulnerability, resilience in the face of failure, and costly commitment. Who better to learn about discipleship from than Jesus himself? Ajith Fernando uses John 17:10-19 to outline the contours of a Christ-like model for discipleship.

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Becoming Good Stewards of What God Has Given Us

Each of us has the opportunity to serve and glorify God with what he has entrusted to our care. But how do we become good stewards of what he has given us? And why did God call us to be stewards to begin with? Through exploring the who, what, why, and how of kingdom stewardship, Ram Gidoomal shows how we have an unprecedented opportunity to equip disciples, mobilize resources, and utilize technology to advance God’s mission in the world.

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How Should We Respond to the Persecution of Christians?

Suicide attacks on churches in Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq, and Pakistan; forced conversions of Christians in India; believers being thrown into concentration camps in North Korea—these are but a few of the many and increasing instances of persecution of Christians around the world today. As fellow brothers and sisters in God’s family, what can we do to help?

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A World that Is as One

Our world is rife with divisions and conflict, and Christians aren’t surprised by this; it is a natural consequence of sin. What does Christian unity then mean both for the world and for our imperfect local churches? Reflecting on Ephesians 4:1-16, Vaughn Roberts explores the unglamorous but great ministry of the word and prayer, pointing us to God’s plan to unite all things in Christ.

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Why We Love God’s Word

Why should Christians be people of the Word? Let this excerpt from The Cape Town Commitment reorient you to the importance and centrality of God’s Word in our world, our culture, and our personal lives.

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Becky Pippert on Hurdles to Evangelism

Why do Christians struggle so much to proclaim the gospel? The issue isn’t the lack of power in the gospel, but our own unbelief. It’s time to renew our vision of who God is and to take our place on the frontiers of God’s redemptive work in the world. We don’t need any more formulas or techniques, but authenticity, credibility, and spiritual power. 

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Inviting Students to See the Heart of Christ in Your Home

How can Christians extend genuine hospitality to students, particularly those who are far from family and home? Featuring leaders from around the world, this short video from the Lausanne Global Classroom explores how we can invite students to see the heart of Christ in our homes. Watch the full episode on International Student Ministry.

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When God Wears the Devil’s Mask

‘We practice love, and take suffering as its price,’ writes Miroslav Volf. ‘For love matters more than ease; indeed, being stronger than death itself, love matters more than life itself.’ Can we see the face of the redeeming God beyond the devil’s mask?

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Christian Simplicity in an Age of Minimalism

Christian simplicity is much more than an economic lifestyle. It’s an inner attitude of humble joy and generosity, embedded within the context of church, community, and world. John Stott and Ron Sider are among the authors of this timeless article, exploring questions such as: What are the practical outworkings of a simple lifestyle? And how should simplicity translate into our churches and communities?

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Embracing Disabilities in the Church

Why are the disabled missing from our pews? This short Global Classroom video sounds as a clarion call to the global church, asking us to make space at the table for those with disabilities. In so doing, we may discover the gift of faith that they bring. Watch the full episode and explore the discussion guide to learn more about Disability Concerns.

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The Biblical Antidote to Burnout


Are you on the verge of burnout? A key part of working for the glory of God is also resting for his glory. In this video from the 2019 Global Workplace Forum, Bishop Glenn Davies invites believers to know the wonderful truth that rest and work are not polar opposites, but inseparable partners.

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When Business Becomes Missional

What does it look like to do business as mission right? And how should business as mission be different from business as normal? With plenty of real-life examples, these 10 guiding principles articulate a clear vision for kingdom-motivated business.

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Don’t Let Your Culture Damage the Gospel

In India and many places around the world, the Good News is often lost or damaged because it comes packaged in Western cultural wrappings. How can we unpackage the gospel and allow it to engage and transform communities, affirming the truth that every culture is a valid vehicle for God’s revelation?

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Mental Health—A Major Ministry Priority

Mental health problems are the leading cause of disability worldwide and characterize one of the largest global mission fields today. This article focuses on the importance of community-based approaches and the ever-increasing need for trauma care, emphasizing the pressing role the church must reclaim.

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Bringing the Gospel to Oral Learners

If written words meant nothing to you, how would you hear and understand the gospel? 1,961 unengaged and unreached people groups are oral learners who don’t have a single verse of Scripture in their heart language. Learn and raise awareness about the critical global reality of orality through this infographic.

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Integral Mission in Word and Deed

The global church is split between those who prioritize either the ‘spiritual dimension’ or the ‘social dimension’ of the gospel. Explore this infographic to learn how integral mission is calling all believers back to a balanced view of word and deed, emphasizing the importance of both spiritual evangelism as well as social service.

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Have You Seen the Missing Christians?

One third of the world call themselves ‘Christians’, but a significant portion of them are missing from our churches. Many others are present, but are missing out on the joy of truly knowing and following Christ. How can we make mission to nominal Christians part of the agenda for the global church?

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Becoming Human in a Biotech Century

Developments in human genetics, biotechnology, pharmacology, neuroscience, and nanomedicine have raised high hopes for curing terrible diseases and improving mankind’s quality of life. But the question remains: at what cost? How can emerging technologies, with their extraordinary power, be used not to manipulate and destroy but to better fulfill our humanness?

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Heaven Requires Reservations

In 1974, a humble pastor named Edward Hill spoke at the First Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation with a call to ‘Wake up!’—to the authority of God’s Word, the plight of the lost, the needs of the world, and the fleeting and urgent nature of this life. His words are still a prophetic call to the church today. Read to reset your heart’s compass towards home, awaking to the power of God that enables us to make plans equal to his strength and resources, rather than ours.

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A Widow’s Mite

A modern day widow gives a mission organization all she had to live on, down to the last chocolate bar. What could compel her to do so? Watch this video to learn key questions and insights to consider when raising funds for ministry. For the full episode on Ministry Fundraising, visit the Global Classroom page.

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Kingdom Impact in Every Sphere of Society

Speaking at the recent Lausanne Global Workplace Forum, Michael Oh, Lausanne’s Global Executive Director/CEO, shares his heart about the movement’s vision for kingdom impact in every sphere of society. By God’s design, believers each have access to unique spheres of influence—many of them being workplaces which vocational church ministers may never have access to.

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Why Should an Evangelist Plant a Tree?

What does tree planting have to do with evangelism? Or put another way, how can we claim to love our neighbors and yet not care about the environment in which they live? David Bennett explores ten biblical themes to show how creation care is vitally connected to our missional calling and to the well-being of the most vulnerable in our world.

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Lessons from North African Church History

Why was the thriving church in North Africathe home of Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine—given over to Arabic expansion from the seventh century onward? More importantly, what wisdom can we glean for contemporary church developments such as emerging immigrant churches?

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Help Your Church Pray for the World

Operation World and the Lausanne Movement have partnered to create Praying for the World, a fresh, free resource to help you and your church pray for the nations and share in God’s global work. Preview a sample, then subscribe to receive weekly bulletins in your inbox.

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Returning to The Lausanne Covenant

Explore one of the most significant documents in modern church history, written by John Stott following the 1974 First International Congress on World Evangelization. Now newly formatted, The Lausanne Covenant defines the necessity and goals of evangelism that have shaped evangelical thinking in decades past and continues to shape a new generation of missional endeavours around the world today.

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Luis Palau on Fearless Evangelism

Evangelism is the best form of social action. It deals with the root of the problem, not with the symptoms. Yet why do we shrink away from itwhat are we afraid of? Luis Palau addresses our fears in light of Christ and the power of the Spirit to not only better, but change lives.

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Facing the Mess to Experience the Miracle

Does Jesus really matter? If we want to know the answertruly, deeplythen we must first face our own mess. We must stop parroting the answers before we have wrestled with the problems, stop our heresy of niceness, call our God-complex for what it is. Becky Pippert, with her characteristic depth and warmth, shows how knowing the truth of our sin can be the path to true life and holiness in Jesus.

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Do You Long for Unity?

From the church to the community, the nation to the world, we as a people of God are at odds with each other, tragically mired in disunity and conflict. Perhaps this is why Jesus prayed for his church to be one in unity; he knew how challenging it would be. Start this 5-day devotional plan to reflect on and pray for Jesus’ heart for unity in your church and ministry.

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Whole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World

The Lausanne Covenant states that ‘evangelization requires the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world’. But one look at our churches and our world today reveals how things are far from whole. Where are our blind spots and shortcomings? Chris Wright charts a course for how we in this century, as a whole church, can truly bear witness to the whole gospel in the whole world.

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Women Are Not Second-Class Citizens

In many places around the world today, women face oppression, inequality, and abuse. German author Elke Werner shows how if we want to reach the world with the gospel, we need all the people of God, men and women alike.

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Wealth Creation for the Greater Kingdom

What does it look like to do business well and to God’s glory? In a very profit-driven business world, Christian wealth creation should go against the grain. Learn how in this short 3-minute video. You can also watch the full Global Classroom episode on Wealth Creation.

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How Global Partnerships Can Change the World

In a ‘glocal’ world, we need global partnerships more than ever. But are we doing them right? This article explores the biblical principles that support the development of global partnerships within the Christian church, providing real-life examples and suggesting new creative models of partnerships in our global churches.

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7 Ways to Follow Jesus in a Suffering World

What does it mean to follow Jesus in a world of suffering? How do we stay with him when things get tough, navigating the tension between faith and suffering? This succinctly rich excerpt by a Sudanese theologian calls us back to the life-giving truths of discipleship, surrender, relationship, and love.

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Infographic: What Do You Know about Children-at-Risk?

5.5 million trafficked children. 40 million abused children. Each staggering statistic in this simple infographic unveils the horrors and the resilience of the world’s children, our future. What will you do to help?

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Why Unity Matters Today

When members of Christ’s body are at odds with each other, everything can go wrong. How do we engage with and even genuinely love those brothers and sisters who are drastically different from us? Sometimes a deep dive into the historical archives can provide fresh insight. Navigating the stormy waters of philosophy, theology, and biblical scholarship, this article by Henri Blocher from the first Lausanne Congress in 1974 explores the importance of unity in the global church.

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North Korea and the Grace of God

Throughout history God has used Christians, both foreign and indigenous, to woo the people of Korea with his irresistible grace. Even today, the seemingly impenetrable country of North Korea is more open to Christians than we may think. What are the challenges that remain?

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Why We Should Care about Jewish Evangelism

Sharing the gospel with Jewish people was the beginning of world evangelism. And yet only 1.04% of today’s Jewish population believe in Jesus. Learn how to pray and take action through this infographic, part of a new series from the Lausanne Movement, then share it with your network.

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#MeToo, #ChurchToo, and Imago Dei

Across the globe and in the church, equality for women has been portrayed as the ultimate antidote to the widespread and tragic abuse of women. But is equality enough? This article takes a hard look at the shortcomings of equality, turning instead to the doctrine of Imago Dei. Here we find a biblical language that can unite us across cultures, so that women everywhere can flourish.

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What Was Missing in Paradise?

Knowing the beginning of a story helps us know the purpose of the story. How well do we know the beginning of our story? Richard Chin offers a fresh meditation of Genesis 1, carefully guiding us from the Garden of Eden—which was lacking in one key aspectto the truly perfect City to come.

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A Devotional Plan for Lovers of Truth

As people of truth, how can we be ‘the face of Jesus’ to a world in denial and need of truth? Use this 5-day devotional plan available through the YouVersion Bible reading app to meditate on how you can be a truth-bearer in your context. Each day includes corresponding Bible passages, readings based on The Cape Town Commitment, and prayers to help guide your own reflections. Browse all available devotional plans.

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The Spirituality of Giving

What is the spiritual foundation for giving? And how are you uniquely positioned to join God’s mission through generosity? In this short 4-minute video, leaders from around the world give a glimpse into the ‘why’ of giving, focusing on the beauty and power of trusting a God to whom everything belongs, and who freely gives all things.

This excerpt is taken from the Ministry Fundraising episode of a new resource from the Lausanne Movement called Global Classroom.

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Thirsting for Holiness

The world and the church are thirsting for people who look like Jesus, who reflect and live Christ’s character with the entirety of their lives and embody holiness. Written just before the turn of the 21st century by Argentinian Carmelo Terranova, this historic article challenges us to be a people marked not by achievements or eloquence, but with the fragrance of Jesus and the aroma of heaven.

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The Story of an Earthquake and the Christians Who Stayed

How could something as devastating as an earthquake transform gospel understanding in Japanese churches and lead to a more holistic understanding of the gospel? See how even in the most remote fishing villages and conservative rural communities of Japan, God is stirring hearts and calling the Japanese people to him—even if he must move the very foundations of the earth.

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Confident, Creative, and Costly Leadership

The church and world desperately need leaders who will serve and servants who will lead. How can leaders be inspired with confidence, facilitate creativity, and preach and practice a costly discipleship? This article shows how local leadership in all its glorious diversity should be an enduring priority for the church.

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How to Pray for Hindus: An Infographic

One in seven people around the world identify themselves as followers of Hinduism. Ministry to Hindus is challenging due to the variety of beliefs, practices, and subcultures. Learn how you can pray for and engage with Hindus through our Hinduism infographic, part of a new series that brings alive compelling information about today’s missional opportunities and challenges through a single visual page. Download and share to help bring the gospel to the whole world, especially to Hindus.

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We Too Were Once Strangers

More than 28,000 people become refugees every day. As a people commanded to show charity and hospitality to strangers and sojourners and to care for the distraught and downtrodden, Christians have a special mandate to engage with the refugee crisis. But how?

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John Piper’s Three Scenes of Ephesians 3

God is not a tribal deity. His purposes encompass the entire universe. But how do his purposes include the suffering of his people? John Piper sets the scene for Ephesians 3 in three parts, bringing together the cosmic purpose of God, the suffering of his servants, and the supernatural power of prayer.

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Francis Schaeffer and the Whole Pie

True Christianity reflects beauty as well as truth; it produces questions as well as answers; it lives out doctrine as well as community. In this rich and startlingly relevant article from the fiirst Lausanne Congress in 1974, Francis Schaeffer touches upon race, politics, communication, sexuality, and human relationships to show how Christianity must encompass every aspect of life.

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Reimagining Theological Education in a Post-Christendom World

How has theological education adapted to the rise of global Christianity, the collapse of Western Christendom, and the rise of Majority World Christianity—and how can it continue to transform in order to best serve the church? Timothy Tennet, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, takes a dive into the past in order to cast a fiery vision for the future of theological education; one that is more globally astute, more culturally savvy, more theologically nuanced, and more missionally driven.

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Finding Common Ground between Jesus and the Qu’ran

Is it possible to have genuine dialogue with our Muslim neighbors instead of turning a cold shoulder or instigating a war of words? Chawkat Moucarry, an Arab Christian, explores how his faith has been sharpened and deepened by his conversations with Muslim friends, exchanges that were marked by humility, respect, and a desire to be challenged and mutually understood.

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The Presence of Jesus in HIV/AIDS and Drugs

Jesus’ heart is with the outcast and suffering: then, it was lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes; today, it is those afflicted by HIV/AIDS and drug addiction. Ehab Al Kaharat bears witness to the presence of Jesus in the midst of these tragic and widespread global epidemics through the telling of three powerful stories, that we who hear might be empowered to go and bear witness in turn.

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The Priority of Introducing Children to Jesus

Children make up nearly one-third of the world’s population, with approximately half of them living in places where they may never have heard the gospel. What would happen if the global body of Christ made introducing children to Jesus one of our main goals? Interspersed with discussion questions for further thought, this article explores the biblical foundation for prioritising children in gospel work.

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The Unmediated Gospel in a Mediated Culture

In our media-saturated culture, it is astonishing to realize that the incarnation of the Son of God involved no media. Jesus was only ever fully present in the flesh with those he ministered to, choosing not to use even the written word, the media available to him at the time. Evangelism and discipleship today happen in the same way; not through mediated messages, but sent messengers. Yet media can also be very helpful. Writer and editor Andy Crouch shows how media, though completely dispensable, can also help make the gospel more available, attractive, and plausible.

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Loving Mercy, Justice, and Chocolate

As Christians, we are accustomed to tithing a tenth of our income. But how do we spend the remaining 90%? Chocolate and cell phones seem innocuous, but they are just two examples of how we can inadvertently be supporting injustice instead of working to counter it. This article explores why we should care about what we buy, and how our purchases can play an important part in God’s global restoration work.

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Are You Tired of Serving?

Do you feel tired of serving? Sometimes we need someone to come alongside us and speak truth into our weary souls, so that we can see rightly again. This message by Matua Mahiaini, President of The Navigators, will do just that.

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Fake News Meets the Good News

Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 Word of the Year was ‘post-truth’: ‘circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals’. As virality increasingly becomes the new measure of value over truth or quality, do we have the courage to be a prophetic voice in the world?

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Chris Wright on Being the Church



What can we learn from the template of the Old Testament about the community we are meant to be? Through a deep look into Abraham’s community and aspects of The Nicene Creed, Chris Wright shows what it means to be a community of blessing, faith, and obedience.

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Knowing Our Enemy

What does the Bible say—and not say—about demonic powers? Knowing our enemy helps advance the gospel against the powers of darkness. Through a solid Scriptural foundation, this article delineates the boundaries within which we must understand Satan and his hosts, emphasizing the overarching truth that Christ is the conqueror.

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Corrie ten Boom on the Woodpecker and the Lightning Bolt

When God asks us to live a new life in him, he provides us with boundless resources. Few know this truth better than Corrie ten Boom, a concentration camp survivor who was imprisoned for helping Jews escape during World War II. In this poignant testimony from the first Lausanne Congress in 1974, she illustrates the tender power of God through moving stories drawn from her travels around the world.

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Joni Eareckson Tada on Why God Allows Disabilities

‘Why in the world would it be God’s will to deny a Christian’s request for healing?’ Lausanne Board Member Joni Eareckson Tada, who gave this message at the Second Lausanne Congress in 1989, speaks from firsthand experience to answer the hard questions and to provide practical ways for the church to embody the gospel for those with disabilities.

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Ajith Fernando on Embracing Suffering

Many cultures today, especially in the West, idolize physical health, appearance, and convenience. Such idols have also seeped into the culture of the church. Ajith Fernando calls Christians to be bearers of the gospel by returning to the truth of being joyfully content in the midst of pain and hardship.

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A Summons to a Global Integrity Movement

As the ‘light of the world’, Christians desire to be people of integrity—yet sadly, our desires do not always match the way we live. This article explores why it is so hard to live up to our moral and ethical aspirations, calling the church to a ‘global integrity movement’ marked by righteousness and relevance.

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A Garbage Village and the Cave Churches

What does it look like to use God’s weapons to fight our spiritual wars in the 21st century? Ramez and Rebecca Atallah (Egypt) together explore the essential values, beliefs, and resources that provide us integrity and keep us on our way, bringing their words to life through the astounding testimony of a forgotten garbage village.

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What We Need to Hear about Prosperity Theology

Banking on the promises of health and wealth, prosperity theology (PT) in all its variations and nuances has permeated many churches around the world. What are the aspects of PT that we must challenge? The Atibaia Statement on Prosperity Theology lays out a poignant and balanced roadmap calling the global church to confess, reflect, and act.

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Church History in 40 Minutes

How did a persecuted movement that began with a small group of Jews become the most widespread movement in the world today? This sweeping cinematic overview first unveiled at Cape Town 2010 highlights milestone events from nearly 2,000 years of church history, beginning with the Pentecost and ending with the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh. Watch to gain context and depth to the faith we profess and the gospel we seek to proclaim.

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The Future of Mission Is from Everyone to Everywhere

The history of world mission includes major gatherings that brought nations together and catalysed revivals around the globe. What can we learn from them? This article looks back on the rich history of mission gatherings in order to forecast the new and pressing missional opportunities for the next generation.

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Whole Earth Evangelism

When water comes from plastic bottles and food from supermarkets, it is easy to forget that the earth is our support system. Yet soil, water, and forests remain our baseline assets for survival, with the poor most affected by their degradation. As Christians who are not only called to be stewards of the earth but to love and care for the poor, what can we do to protect and restore the earth?

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God and Pluralism

How are Christians to engage with the changing landscape of spiritual and religious pluralism? Drawing from theologians and real-life examples, Robert Calvert outlines five responses of the church to a pluralistic culture. Which do you relate to most?

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The Global Women’s Mosque Movement

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a woman and a Muslim today? Through a detailed global picture of the contemporary women’s mosque movement, this article unveils implications for Christians in how we might better engage with Muslims, especially those who are women.

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The Divine Partnership of Men and Women

What does the Bible say about the roles of men and women in the Great Commission? With frankness and humor, David Hamilton unpacks the opening chapters of Genesis to explore how partnership was God’s idea from the very beginning.

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First of New Infographics: Cities

The world is urbanizing rapidly—three million people move to the city every week—and yet the church is losing urban relevancy. Engage this significant missions topic in the first of our new infographics, which bring alive rich and compelling information about today’s pressing opportunities and challenges in global mission. Download and share to help bring the gospel to the whole world, especially to the world’s cities.

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Abiding in Jesus through His Word

What our world needs isn’t more people who merely call themselves Christians, but people who abide in Jesus through how they live. The only way to do this is through deep and regular engagement with the Bible, through which we encounter the Living Word and Lord. Do you make room for his word in your life?

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Being Christ’s Suffering Body in the World

Over one-third of the world’s population lives in countries that imprison people based on religion. Religious persecution—be it physical, social, or legal—is a global problem, with numbers continuing to rise. How can Christians promote and support religious freedom as a way to live out our role as Christ’s suffering body in the world?

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J. I. Packer on Genuine Conversion

‘The world has a right to ask that the gospel be not only shared with them, but shown to them in the lives of the gospel’s spokesmen.’ Does the way you live your life reflect genuine conversion? Uniquely published online for the first time, J. I. Packer’s article on conversion from the Second Congress on World Evangelization unearths a fresh understanding of the Holy Spirit and how our lives change when we truly turn toward Christ.

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How a Broken People Can Heal a Broken World

God’s mission in our broken world could be summed up in one word: reconciliation. Yet history is marred with the troubling truth of Christians actively furthering destruction and division or remaining silent in the face of it. Can we really be the people of hope that God purposed us to be? This call to repentance, prayer, and critical re-examination of the foundations of the church answers this question with a humble yes—because reconciliation is God’s mission.

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Paul, the Purple Lady, and the Enslaved Prophetess

Richard Harvey brings to life the story of three unlikely people whose paths cross in ancient Philippi: Lydia the businesswoman, the apostle Paul, and a prophesying slave girl. Their Spirit-guided and miraculous interactions reveal how God’s workplace is not confined to the spiritual realm, but intimately encompasses the economic, social, and deeply personal spheres.

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Taking Risks in the Center of God’s Will

Each of us knows Christ because someone decided to take a risk for us in faith. What risks will we take for those in our lives and for those to come? Egyptian Anne Zaki delivers a powerful message on what it means to look to God, who clothes us with understanding and unity. It is only when we remember him, and the rich heritage to which we belong, that we are strengthened to take risk upon risk for the gospel.

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5 Truths for Church Planting Today

Church planting remains one of the most important gospel ministries. But how can we be more effective in disciple-making? What are the challenges of church planters today? This article distills the collective wisdom of church planters from around the world into five simple truths.

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Capitalism Makes Converts but Not Disciples

Technological and cultural globalization has unearthed both extraordinary benefits and extraordinary costs. David Wells and Os Guinness shine piercing lights on the differences between converts and disciples, social justice and evangelism, the Internet and the incarnation, to reveal what is most real and true about being Christian in our global age.

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Are You Biblically Anorexic?

Churches in the West have a big problem: they are overrun by biblical anorexia, filled with people who have no appetite for the Word. In this succinct and perceptive talk, Fergus Macdonald demonstrates how the Scriptures are more than a science, a sound byte, a collection of information, or a hobby—God’s Word is an art, a story, the only true way to transformation, and a habitat where we dwell and are renewed.

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John Stott’s Biblical Basis of Evangelism

‘Mission’, ‘evangelism’, ‘dialogue’, ‘salvation’, and ‘conversion’—as Christians, we hear these words often, but over time their meanings can become muddled and distorted. How can we return to a biblical definition of these terms? John Stott’s fresh biblical perspective, given at the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization, reminds us that the best way to renew our gospel zeal is to return to the source.

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A Manifesto for All Christian Businesspeople

Business has often been portrayed as running counter to the aims of the church—but what does the Bible say? This succinct Manifesto clarifies what Christian business is and what it is not, empowering wealth creators—those whose work is to create abundant sufficiency for all—to answer God’s holy calling as agents of justice, peace, and hope.

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When the Written Bible Means Nothing

The majority of unreached people around the world are primarily oral learners. Is it time to review our text-centric evangelism methods and strategies? This article begins with the most epic vision of all—the dream of taking the gospel to every language, tribe, and people group—before detailing a breakthrough strategy for bringing the Scriptures to oral learners with renewed creativity and compassion for the lost.

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Curry for the Jew, Voice for the Voiceless

God works in mysterious, beautiful ways: a bitter, angry teenager mired in sexual sin meets Christ and grows to lead thousands of sex slaves to freedom; a single meal of kosher Sri Lankan curry transforms a man into a peacemaker. Reconciliation at all levelsbe it personal, communal, or across nationsis risky and can be crippling in its complexity. But God only calls us to take that very small first step. This inspiring panel discussion features the invaluable wisdom and powerful testimonies of Pranitha Timothy (India) and Prashan de Visser (Sri Lanka).

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What Is the Islamic Caliphate and Why Should Christians Care?

The desire for an Islamic Caliphate has been a primary aspiration for some Muslims throughout history. But what exactly is a Caliphate, and why should it matter to Christians? Through this popular recent article, gain an in-depth look at the various renderings and implications of the Islamic Caliphate over time as well as practical guidance for how the church can respond with love in action.

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Mission Is the Core of Theology

Mission is at the core of who our God is—he is the first missionary, the best evangelist, the most generous sender, and the good news incarnate. In fact, mission is the very reason theological education should exist. Dr Thomas Schirrmacher (Germany) demonstrates how a solid theological base saturated in mission can have the greatest impact on the world.

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Billy Graham: The King Is Coming

‘Our world is in a crisis of leadership. We want some person to step onto the stage of events with a formula for world peace.’ In the midst of seemingly insurmountable crises from the personal to the global, Billy Graham’s message from the 1974 Lausanne Congress reminds us that the leader we are searching for is on his way—Jesus Christ, the king, is coming. How does this truth affect how we should live? What kind of messengers should we expect to be in the meantime?

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Dry Bones to Flesh: Prayer and Evangelism

Prayer is the mass behind the arrowhead of evangelism, the nuclear generator of motivation and vision. This article excerpt details the beginning and maturing of a core movement of prayer through providing ample practical strategies and profound insights. Through the Spirit, may your prayers proclaim the promises of God to the dry bones in your life, your city, and your nation, that indeed the bones may live.

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Living and Dying Well in a Technological Age

Technology is increasingly seen as providing solutions to the deepest problems of humanity. And yet the corresponding high cost of technology is not just economic—it is personal and spiritual. In light of this, how can Christians respond to ethical questions of abortion and euthanasia, as well as the technological making, shaping, and faking of human life? In this short but powerful video, John Wyatt reminds us of what it means to be human, to live and to die well, putting our hope in the one who gives life and defeated death.

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Winning Sports for Christ

In 2010 nearly half of the entire global population tuned in to watch the World Cup in football. The universal importance of sports today is indisputable. How can Christians be involved in the world of sports and win it for Christ? Through careful analysis of various methods, including major event ministry and sports chaplaincy, this article offers effective suggestions for connecting communities to Christ through sports.

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True Engagement with a Borderless World

In no other time in history has there been such a large and frequent movement of peoples across continents as in the past two centuries. In fact, very few of us today live in the same geographical location as our ancestors once did. This advance paper written ahead of Cape Town 2010 discusses the challenges and opportunities of diaspora, as well as practical strategies for the church to engage with an increasingly ‘borderless world’.

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What Does Gospel Partnership Look Like?

One hundred years ago, spreading the gospel meant bringing good news from the powerful to the powerless, the haves to the have-nots. Missions was primarily ‘from the West to the rest’. Today, however, with more and more Christians in the majority world, missions has become ‘from everywhere to everywhere’. In this new era, partnership between cultures, genders, and generations is more important than ever. How can we partner together under the power, redemption, and sovereignty of God?

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Can Children Help Save the World?

The God of the universe became a child-at-risk—born in extremely uncertain circumstances, experiencing homelessness and refugee life—and through this, changed all of human history. In our mission to help children at risk today, has our adult-centrism marginalized the very children we hope to help? Saturated with examples of mission to, for, and especially with children at risk, this paper brings fresh understanding to the unique ways children are called to serve God through mission.

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Honoring the Legacy of Rev Billy Graham

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In honor of the late Rev Billy Graham, we would like to bring to light his plenary address from the First International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974. Available in both print and audio, ‘Why Lausanne?’ is as compelling today as it was more than 40 years ago. We pray that as you experience Rev Graham’s address for yourself, you can draw closer to the heartbeat of global missions and find renewed zeal to take part in the evangelization of the world. That the Earth May Hear His Voice!

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Sowing Seeds of Subversion

How can Christians faithfully proclaim the absolute truth of the gospel to a pluralistic, relativistic world? We must be subversively bold in our love. Mark Chan untangles the complex threads of our contemporary world to put a human face behind relativism and pluralism, drawing the church back to the truth that ‘far more important than winning the argument against relativism is winning the relativist for Christ’.

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God’s Cosmic Showpiece

Today the average global Christian is not a white male in the West, but a woman in the slums of the East. Are we as the church ready to engage in the facts of our time? Early believers in Antioch perhaps struggled with a similar question as Christianity shifted from Jerusalem to Antioch, from Jews to Gentiles. The compelling ministry of the late Paul Joshua continues through this video, as he weaves the story of Antioch with the story of our world today to empower the church to be what God designed it to be: his cosmic showpiece.

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The Death of Faith and Work

All around the world, a global movement is underway to break down the divide between work and faith. But how can Faith and Work movements transcend the confines of a ‘movement’ to become a widespread reality? By analyzing successful start-up ventures in the Silicon Valley, Eric Quan predicts how Faith and Work movements might ultimately shape the face of global mission and radically transform the local church.

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Eradicating Bible Poverty

Why do more than one billion people today lack access to the Bible in their language? Why are the Scriptures so often only available in written form? And even when the Scriptures are available, why doesn’t it lead to transformation of lives? Each of these questions deals with an issue of Bible poverty, which is found in all parts of the world and across all socioeconomic levels. This practical and insightful paper delves deep into each of these barriers, also identifying ‘bridges’ to help overcome each barrier.

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Your Toil Is Not in Vain

Have we sidelined crucial doctrine for fear of division? Has our faith become contained to home and church, with little impact in society? How can we as the global church touch the world with the gospel? Lindsay Brown passionately wrestles with these questions in this rousing conclusion to Cape Town 2010. Nearly eight years later, Lindsay’s call to action and perseverance is just as riveting and relevant today as it was then.

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Finishing the Remaining 29% of World Evangelization

Did you know the number of people with little or no access to the gospel has actually grown since the mid-1980s? Yet tragically, only about 3% of global missionaries today serve this critical demographic. In light of this, what better person to turn to than Jesus himself for better strategies to reach and change whole people groups? Kent Parks lays out Jesus’ proven, biblical, and transformative discipling methods, that the church might work more effectively to finish the task that Jesus gave us–to reach every people group with the gospel.

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Nicky Gumbel on the Most Important Message in the World

The gospel is not only true, but logically reasonable—and it has the power to upend lives. Nicky Gumbel (developer of the Alpha Course) strengthens believers by expounding on the words of Apostle Paul: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.’ The gospel is the most important message in the world. May this short message call us afresh to a gospel-centered life.

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What Is a Christlike Leader?

There are many different opinions on what constitutes good leadership–but what does it mean to be a Christ-like leader? The best way to answer this question is to look to Jesus himself. Refreshing and practical in its biblical truth, this paper excerpt takes the strategies Jesus used to develop and love people in all cultural contexts to detail what Christ-like character and purpose should look like for us. Whether you are a seasoned leader or a new one, you will find words of encouragement and conviction in this rich excerpt.

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An ‘Ordinary Believer’ Persecuted in Iran

The beauty of Christmas is ‘God with us’: God in Jesus, because of his great compassion and love, entered into our suffering to be with us. This is the same love that Laden Nouri, an Iranian Christian, experienced when she found herself in solitary confinement because of her faith. Listen to this ‘ordinary believer’ share about the astounding faithfulness of God in the midst of terrible suffering, and may it move you to pray for the people of Iran and praise our God, Emmanuel, who will never leave or forsake us!

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95% of Pastors Are Untrained

Did you know that only 5% of all pastoral leaders presently in ministry have received training? This means that as many as 2 million pastors around the world are ministering without the training, skills, and relationships necessary to flourish in sustained ministry. Ramesh Richard emphasizes the pressing need for ‘building a global pipeline’ to care for pastors–for ultimately, pastoral health is tied to church health. By caring for and supporting our pastors, we are helping to usher in the kingdom worldwide.

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Spiritual Warfare in Global Mission

What is a biblical understanding of Satan and his demons, spiritual warfare, and the existence of evil? Thirty diverse leaders gathered in Nairobi in 2000 and released this thorough and nuanced statement on what spiritual conflict is and what it is not, calling upon churches in the West in particular ‘to listen more carefully to the churches in the Two Thirds World’. It is only together that we can move toward a serious rediscovery of spiritual conflict in the context of God’s global mission–and toward deeper worship of the One who has triumphed over evil.

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Do You Mildly Approve of Christ–Or Adore Him?

Jesus provoked only three responses when he walked the earth: hatred, fear, or adoration. And yet many who profess to be Christians today respond only with mild approval at best. Why is that, and what can we do to awaken the world–and ourselves–to the uniqueness of Christ? Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) astutely dissects the contemporary lens of the gospel (particularly in Europe) from philosophical, cultural, and biblical viewpoints to bring clarity to our myopic vision and praise to the one who is greater than all.

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Christian Counselling as Global Mission

Depression causes people to miss the most amount of work days worldwide. This is just one example of how mental health and all it encompasses is ubiquitously important across cultures and nations, and yet it is often overlooked or misunderstood in missional contexts. Brad Smith (US; Catalyst for Care and Counsel as Mission), Saul Cruz Jr (Mexico; psychologist), and Gladys Mwiti (Kenya; CEO/Founder of Oasis Africa, Catalyst for Mental Health and Trauma) discuss the great need for Christian counselling to join hands with world mission in order to better reach a hurting world.

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What the Bible Says about Migrants

Does the Bible have anything to say about migrants, ethnic conflict, and how we should respond as Christians? Yes–plenty. The New Testament is especially rich with examples of how God uses migration and ethnic conflicts as a means to accomplish his mission. Through a careful analysis of the book of Romans, Samuel Escobar bridges centuries and continents, the Scriptures and our current world, to call the global church to radical compassion rooted in a common heritage of faith.

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Cities: The Heart of Mission

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As recently as the 1990s, commentators speculated that technology would make the world ‘flatter’, rendering cities less important. But this has not happened–cities are perhaps more than ever ‘crucially important for the human future and for world mission’ (CTC). What is the hand of God in the massive rise of urbanisation in our time? And how can we respond to this fact by giving urgent, strategic attention to urban mission? This article suggests four basic foundations to answer this call with an effective response that places cities at the heart of mission.

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