The Lausanne Movement is calling on Christians from around the globle to engage in various conversations that will help the church to engage with the big issues of contemporary mission.
The Global Conversation covers the following categories and topics:
Truth: Bearing witness to the truth of Jesus Christ
– Marketplace Ministry
– Personal Witness
– Truth and Secularity
Reconciliation: Pursuing peace in our broken world
– Ethnicity and Identity
– Poverty and Wealth
– Resource Stewardship
World Faiths: Loving our neighbours of other faiths/worldviews
– Unreached People Groups
– World Faiths
New Missions Priorities: Discerning God’s priorities for the future
– Forming Leaders
– Urban Mission
Authenticity and Integrity: Living a Christ-like lifestyle
– Prosperity Gospel
– Women and Men
– The Human Future
Partnerships: Serving together in love and humility
– Indigenous Leadership
– Partnership Development
– Scripture in Mission
Below I’ve put the general blurb about the conversation along with descriptions about two of the topics most closely aligned with the Bible and mission: orality and Scripture in mission. Do have a look and get involved: Join the global conversation
The Big Picture
We are living in a time of enormous challenge and amazing opportunity for the church. The life and witness of the church around the world is being assailed by external pressures while simultaneously being weakened by internal troubles. Yet the church also faces unprecedented global opportunities for the spread of the gospel and open doors for ministry in regions traditionally closed to the witness of Christ.
Unfortunately, a concerted and well-reasoned response to these global issues and opportunities has been difficult because the church, and evangelicalism in particular, is highly fragmented.
The Lausanne Global Conversation is one step towards bringing together the global church to engage with these important issues related to world evangelization.
We believe these global issues need global conversations.
So let’s talk, let’s strategize, let’s work together. Above all, let’s pray–with a sense of expectation and hope–for the Lord to bring wisdom through the counsel of many (Proverbs 11:14).
Your voice in the conversation is needed. Every Christian has unique experience and insight to offer the church.
Two thirds of the people in the world are oral communicators – who can’t, don’t, or won’t learn through literate means. Western Christianity has, since the time of the Gutenberg Bible “walked on literate feet” and has directly or indirectly required literacy of others, ignoring the vast majority of people who are oral communicators. Literate Christians must make significant changes in evangelism, discipleship, leadership training and church planting to reach the 4,000,000,000 oral communicators world-wide.
Scripture in Mission
The purpose of the Scriptures as Paul wrote to Timothy is to make us wise about the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and to equip us for every good work as God’s people (2 Timothy 3:14-17). The Scriptures therefore are essential to evangelism and to Christ-like transformation. However, where the Scriptures are not available or where people cannot study and apply them, we find “Bible poverty.”
In this conversation we want to consider the issue of “Bible poverty.” Bible poverty exists when people find themselves in a context or setting that blocks them from hearing the truths of the Scriptures. This happens, for example, when they do not have access to the Scriptures in a language they understand well, or they are unable to engage with the Scriptures in a meaningful way, or they do not have the opportunity to apply them to their lives.
Contexts such as these can be called “barriers.” Some barriers are universal or nearly so while others differ according to context. We want to consider what barriers exist in urban contexts, in rural contexts, in contexts where other major religions dominate, and in contexts of the post-modern West.
As we consider barriers to the Scriptures, we also want to identify the bridges that would allow people to transcend and overcome these barriers. In some cases the bridges are easy to identify, but in other cases they will require searching together under the guidance of the Spirit of God to discern the way forward.