Thursday, May 24, 2007

LCWE Announces Third International Congress

The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) has announced that the Third International Congress "will be held 16-25 October 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa." The website continues and states:

The world is radically different from 1974, the date of the First Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization. There are opportunities, challenges, and technologies that exist now that could not have been imagined at the time of Lausanne I or Lausanne II in 1989. Lausanne III will be the first international world evangelization congress of the third millennium.

Doug Birdsall, Executive Chair of Lausanne says, “It’s imperative that we convene the ‘elders of the church’ – both the wisdom leaders and the action leaders – to wrestle with the challenges and opportunities before us with respect to world evangelization. We must do a thorough assessment of the state of the church, the nature of the gospel, and the condition of the world in which we live and then determine together how we will respond.”

Lausanne III will serve as a “church council” in an attempt to formulate convictions about the changeless Gospel in such a way that makes sense in our rapidly changing world. Lausanne III will also serve as a catalyst to motivate the global church to courageous, creative, and collaborative response to the challenges before it.

Lausanne III participants will reflect the demographic and theological realities of the church. As such, Lausanne III will be a microcosm of the church as Lausanne leaders work to build appropriate bridges with like-minded believers. Special emphasis will be placed on involving women, younger leaders and laity.

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