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Lausanne Conference Brings Church Together

10/13/10

The historic Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will take place October 16–25, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 4,000 selected participants from 200 countries will be on site to discuss the nature of world evangelism for the future. Lindsay Brown, Lausanne Movement International Director, spoke of his hopes for the Congress:  “We are hoping for clarity on the nature of evangelism; for clear-sightedness on the critical issues to be faced by the Church in the next 20 years;  for many new international partnerships and initiatives such as characterize The Lausanne Movement; and for decisive action as the gospel is taken to the ends of the earth, by which we mean both the geographical ends of the earth, and every area of society.” Expository speakers at the conference will include Ajith Fernando, Director of Sri Lanka Youth for Christ; Calisto Odede, Associate Pastor of Nairobi Pentecostal Church, Kenya; John Piper, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis; Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, UK; Ruth Padilla DeBorst, General Secretary of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (Costa Rica); and Ramez Atallah, Director of the Egyptian Bible Society. The Church on each continent is invited to join The Global Conversation at www.lausanne.org, the first of its kind to draw the world’s evangelicals together in engaging critical issues in world evangelization. Peter Brierley, founder of the UK body Christian Research, said, “I suspect this will be the best-planned, technologically-led global conference ever.”

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