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ChurchWatch 05/26/09

Jesus for the Nations: Cape Town 2010

Planning is now in the late stages for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, a world-changing gathering of evangelical leaders known as 'Cape Town 2010', to be held in South Africa in October of 2010.

Founded by Billy Graham and John Stott, The Lausanne Movement -- which has met twice before to discuss current thinking and strategy for world evangelization -- will be gathering again in Cape Town, South Africa, October 16-25, 2010.

The Congress, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will bring together 4,000 leaders from more than 200 countries to confront the critical issues of our time – other world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS, persecution, among others - as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization. 

Cape Town 2010 (CT2010) is not just a one-time meeting, but God willing, will be a catalytic event in the life of the church – drawing leaders together in purposeful prayer, humble repentance, strategic dialogue and decisive action.  Together we will seek the Lord as we examine the world and our culture to discern where the church should invest its efforts and energies to most effectively respond to Christ’s call to take the gospel into all the world and make disciples of all nations ... lives changed for all eternity, broken families mended, physical and emotional hurts healed, communities transformed. 

CT2010 will be unique because not only will 4000 leaders be onsite in Cape Town, but several more thousands will participate virtually through the Cape Town GlobaLink and the Lausanne Global Conversation.

The Cape Town GlobaLink will allow Christian leaders worldwide to participate in the Congress remotely through Internet downloads and other means, either individually or as part of an offsite group at Bible schools, seminaries, theological institutions, churches, organizations and missions.

Through the Lausanne Global Conversation Christian leaders will engage in robust online forums and through social networking sites where Congress issues will be discussed before, during and after the Congress.  The Lausanne Global Conversation will be enhanced by the Christianity Today International Global Conversation, a series of 12 articles leading up to CT2010 on the issues of the Congress.

"These are unparalleled times," says Doug Wicks, Print Media Manager of 'The Global Conversation.' "The concept of truth is now finally dead, according to deconstructionists. The tectonic plates of major world religions are shifting. There have never been greater people movements -- with over 50 percent of the world's population now living in cities and huge-scale emigration."

"New and profound questions are being raised by the emerging technologies and the whole basis of Western civilization is eroding," Wicks added. "The implications for the Church and its call in world evangelization are far-reaching."

As a result of Lausanne II in Manila, nearly 350 partnerships were formed between churches and agencies around the world.  It’s our prayer that Cape Town 2010 would see the formation of many hundreds of partnerships that result in more men, women, children and young people having the opportunity to hear and respond to the message of Christ. 

Further information may be found on http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010  (for the Congress) and on http://www.lausanne.org/.

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