Heading for Madison, WI Tomorrow for the Lausanne Consultation for North American Younger Leaders
I’m looking forward to heading to Madison tomorrow for the Lausanne Consultation for North American Younger Leaders. A group of young change-agents and thought-practitioners, whom God has raised up from the U.S. and Canada are coming together to work through various missional issues (I think I barely made it in to this group, so I’m excited to be going). Each of us will be a part of one group thinking through one of these issues together. Here are some of the topics that we will address:
- Business as Mission/Work Place Ministry
- Developing Christ Centered Leaders
- Unreached People Groups
- Ministry to the Marginalized and Poor
- Focusing on Cities
- Theological Education
- Truth in Arts and Media
- Unity in the Church
- and a couple of more…
If you are not familiar with the Lausanne Movement, it is a worldwide movement that mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelism. The third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism was in Cape Town, South Africa on October 16-25, 2010 and involved 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries, and it extended to hundreds of thousands more, participating in meetings all over the world. Each congress develops a confession of faith and a call to action. You can find the Cape Town commitment here.
I really like the Manila Manifesto, because in that manifesto we affirm that the whole church needs to take the whole gospel to the whole world. One part of the manifest says, “Jesus not only proclaimed the Kingdom, he also demonstrated its arrival by works of mercy and power. We are called today to a similar integration of words and deeds. In a spirit of humility we are to preach and teach, minister to the sick, feed the hungry, care for the prisoners, help the disadvantaged and handicapped, and deliver the oppressed…We repent that the narrowness of our concerns and vision has often kept us from proclaiming the lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life, private and public, local and global. We determine to obey his command to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.’”
Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I’m looking forward to connecting with Todd Hiestand, Jonathan Dodson and a lot of people I have yet to meet.