Issue Group 10A: The Local Church and the Great Commission – General

Ways in which we can enable our own denomination/local church to be transformed to become more evangelistically oriented and committed to taking the gospel to both the local community and to the world. 

The expected outcomes of the work done on this issue were:

  1. Identify relevant strategies for individuals and congregations to communicate the gospel in today’s world and the usefulness of tools for evangelism such as, Alpha, Christianity explained, Lighthouse movement, mass evangelism, work-place evangelism, tent-making and church planting.
  2. Provide an apologetic for speaking to church leadership about using these strategies and persuading/enabling individuals to be involved in evangelism locally and beyond.
  3. Note the range of ways in which God may call people to repentance and faith such as outlined by Paul in 1 Cor.12 and 14 (miracles, healing, visions as well as the proclamation of the gospel) and note the importance of encouraging one another to pray for God’s intervention in a person’s life.


Roger Bolger,
United States
Acad. Dir. for MA in Global Leadership & Assist. Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

Lidis Singkung,
Archdeacon for the Interior Anglican Diocese of Sabah  

Read the Lausanne Occasional Paper (LOP) produced by this Issue Group:

LOP 39: The Local Church in Mission: Becoming a Missional Congregation in the Twenty-First Century Global Context and the Opportunities Offered Through Tentmaking Ministry
(.pdf format; 326 KB)