“The Whole Church Taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole World”: Online Church Outreach Event by Lausanne Europe Draws 300 from 36 Countries

More than 300 people from 36 countries joined ‘Engage,’ an online event organised by Lausanne Europe.

According to Evangelical Focus Newsletter https://evangelicalfocus.com , a large continental gathering in Poland was originally planned for the fourth week of October 2020, but had to be postponed to 2021 because of the travel limitations caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

But the 24 October virtual event on the Lausanne 20/21 website brought together both future attendants to the conference and members of ‘Impact Groups’ to listen to the insights of fellow believers from across the continent. The streamed initiative was simultaneously translated into Spanish, German and French.

Theologian Chris Wright, explained the process through which the Cape Town Commitment came to be in the years prior to the large Congress in the South African city in 2010.

“The gospel is both good news that needs to be announced about a story that needs to be told; and also a challenge to radical change of life as the believer comes under the reign of God in Christ”, Wright said. He highlighted what he believes were some of the visible effects of the document – titled “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world” — in the 2010-2020 decade, and mentioned the renewed conversations about: the role of women in the church, the inclusion of all unreached peoples, and the care of creation.

Wright’s words were applied to their cultural context by four participants from Central, Eastern, Western and Southern Europe.

Michal Oh, CEO of the global Lausanne Movement on a global level, announced the celebration the next major Lausanne gathering in 2024. It will be the fourth, after Lausanne 1974, Manila 1989 and Cape Town 2010. “We look to the Holy Spirit to ignite and to propel us to global polycentric mission action,” he said.

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SOURCE: Assist News