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Scrisoarea directorului Doug Birdsall

Dear Friends in Christ:

Greetings from Cape Town!

1.  Celebrating the Second Anniversary of Cape Town 2010

It was just two years ago on a Sunday evening, 24 October, that the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization came to a close.  I have been here in Cape Town to celebrate with our friends and to thank those colleagues who helped to make the vision for the Third Lausanne Congress a reality.  Esme Bowers, chair of the Cape Town 2010 Participant Services Committee, hosted two wonderful gatherings to celebrate the two year anniversary.  People like Michael Cassidy, Graham Power, Peter Tarantal, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Chris Lodewyck, Dick Miles, Tricia Sampson, and many other African leaders played major roles in the success of Cape Town 2010.  Thanks to their partnership and the outstanding leadership of Congress Director, Blair Carlson, and his team, the Congress was an overwhelming success to the glory of God.

Last Saturday, Miles Giljam drove me to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  For nearly an hour, we walked the halls of that great facility and reflected upon what God did during those 10 days as 4200 participants and 1200 staff, volunteers, media, and stewards met together.  I walked up to the third floor veranda to get a view of Table Mountain, and remembered the joy and the energy of the many meetings that took place.  Down the long hallways, I could hear the beautiful sound of various languages as multiplied thousands of conversations took place among leaders from 198 nations.

Outside the Convention Centre, I remembered the production facilities with the most sophisticated media truck in Africa surrounded by 24 trailers that served as home for 10 days for several hundred volunteers.  The trailers were packed with high-tech equipment and talented people who were editing every presentation into 18-minute bundles for distribution to over 600 GlobaLink sites around the world.  These teams also helped us understand what the participants, and other global leaders not in Cape Town, were saying through the Lausanne Global Conversation, and other teams were preparing video and audio reports for media outlets around the world.  Never in history has a global Christian gathering been so meticulously planned and effectively executed.

In the main plenary hall, I was reminded again of the wonderful worship we shared together and the Ephesians Bible expositions by Ajith Fernando, John Piper, Ruth Padilla-DeBorst, Vaughn Roberts, Ramez and Rebecca Atallah, and Calisto Odede.  I remembered the moving testimony from Gyeong Ju Son, the young woman from North Korea, Os Guinness speaking on Truth, the moving video tributes to Billy Graham and John Stott, the Palestinian Christian and the Messianic Jew standing side by side, Libby Little sharing her story, Chris Wright on H.I.S. Church, the power of Princess Zulu speaking on HIV/AIDS, and Tim Keller challenging us to reach our burgeoning global cities with the reconciling gospel of Jesus Christ.  Who can forget our table groups – 700 „communities of six” – that enabled global friendships to form?

As I stood in the hall, the memory of the glorious Closing Ceremonies was poignant.  I pictured the Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, leading the recessional march with banners waving as God’s pilgrim people exited the hall for the four corners of the earth.  As the symphony played and the choir sang, we all joined in lifting our hearts and voices towards Heaven.  The words and music of the closing hymn, „Crown Him with Many Crowns”, rang joyfully in my ears and reverberated deeply in my soul.   We praise and give God thanks that truly this Congress was a testimony to the truth of Christ and the reconciling gospel of peace.

2.  Assessing the Impact of the First Lausanne Global Congress of the 21st Century

We are still discovering and discerning what God was doing in our midst in and through the Congress.  It is too soon to fully assess the impact of the Congress, and only time and eternity will tell.  However, I frequently hear people talk about the impact of the Congress in terms of:

„A strong re-affirmation of Truth, moving from ambivalence to confidence.”   
„Strength for what lies ahead through the articulation of a theology of suffering.”   
„Returning the Bible to its proper center in the work of world evangelization.”   
„The introduction of a new century of global partnership.”   
„Connecting and empowering a new generation of younger leaders.”   
“A movement towards humility and unity, and a call to integrity and authenticity.”   
“The Congress provided a shared experience and a historic point of reference.”

The Cape Town Commitment (CTC) is now in some 25 languages.  Last week I was in Nairobi with 200 seminary presidents and deans from around the world for the triennial gathering of the International Council of Evangelical Theological Educators (ICETE).  They focused on the Cape Town Commitment as they worked to integrate it into their curricula.  Likewise, mission and church leaders are engaging their organizations and churches with the implementation of the priorities of the Commitment.

This is what Chris Wright wrote about the Commitment:

“The Cape Town Commitment is not the memorial of a moment.  It is the conviction of a Movement and the voice of multitude.  It distills a vast quantity of input from the global Church.  We profoundly hope and pray that we are hearing not just the voice of Cape Town 2010, but the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ who walked among us there.”  

3.  Frequently Asked Questions

I’m frequently asked, „What’s next for Lausanne?”  The real question is “What’s Now?”  Our challenge is to translate the ten days of vision from the Congress into ten years of solid progress in world evangelization.  But, there are four things “next” things that I will mention:

  • Lausanne Global Analysis:  Coming next month, patterned after Oxford Analytica
  • Lausanne Global Leadership Forum:  India, 17-21 June 2013, with 350 carefully chosen leaders
  • Lausanne Global Consultations:  Each Global Consultation will develop one of the key CTC issues
  • Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG-15):  500 selected participants under the age of 40

I’m also asked, „How can we be involved?”  Lausanne is not an organization to join.  It is a global Movement, a thought leader for world evangelization, and a catalyst for new initiatives and partnerships.  The most effective means for involvement is to implement the vision and priorities of The Cape Town Commitment into your immediate ministry context.  This will be enriched as you freely take resources from the Lausanne website, as you stay in touch with the Lausanne International Deputy Directors (IDDs) who give leadership in each of the 12 regions of the world, and as you identify with one of the 36 Lausanne Senior Associates, each of whom is an expert on one of the CTC priorities.  (More information on Lausanne resources and Lausanne leadership is below.)

Another question is, „What is Lausanne’s financial situation?”  Nearly US$20million was raised from around the world for The Lausanne Movement in preparation for the Congress between 2007 and 2010.  This covered 96% of the costs for all pre-Congress consultations, the development of the Lausanne Global Conversation, the GlobaLink, and the Congress itself.  Fortunately, all of the Congress bills were paid.  However, this was made possible through loans from two of our strongest supporters.  We have a responsibility to repay loans for the US$800,000 Congress shortfall.  Our Board of Directors and our support staff is fully engaged and committed to raising the funds between now and the end of the year to repay the loans for the Congress, and for the operational support of the Movement.  I invite you to join in praying for God’s provision and to give a gift as the Lord leads.  (More on how to give a financial gift to Lausanne below.)

4.  Continuing the Journey

On my way from Boston to Cape Town this month, I made stops in India, Seoul, Singapore and Nairobi to meet with Lausanne national and regional leaders, to strategize with Senior Associates, and to meet with ministry leaders who are committed to the vision of Cape Town 2010, and to the „spirit of Lausanne”.   From Cape Town, I’ll travel to Nigeria to meet with our national committee there and to meet with Christian leaders who have suffered so much and who have seen colleagues and fellow Christians martyred in the midst of violence as recent as last week.  Then, I’ll go on to Ghana to meet with our IDD for Anglophone Africa, Nana Yaw Offei Awuku and our IDD for Francophone Africa, Emmanuel Ndikumana, from Burundi.  I’ll also meet with Board member Femi Adeleye, and with Dr. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and the newly installed Director of the Centre for the Study of African Christianity.

In the following week, I’ll participate in the annual, national gathering of the U.S. Lausanne Movement (Mission America Coalition) in Denver.  Then, I will be in London for a gathering of 10 of the world’s leading authorities on Islam.  They will come from the Middle East and Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia, Latin America, Europe and North America to pool their global perspectives and to provide guidance for the global church on this issue that is of great importance to all of us.

5.  Nurturing the Vision and the Dream

We are propelled forward with the vision to be a part of God’s redemptive work.  Our heart’s desire is to be obedient to his call to, „the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.”  Please pray that God would bless The Lausanne Movement.  Pray that God would provide for all that is needed by way of financial provision.  Pray that he would give wisdom to our leaders.  Pray that we might experience greater unity in the global church, greater courage and conviction.  Pray that we will be a people of hope and a reconciling influence for peace with God through Jesus Christ,  our one and only Savior who came to bring “peace on earth, goodwill among men with whom he is pleased.”

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.  God bless you!

Yours in Christ,

S. Douglas Birdsall
Executive Chairman, The Lausanne Movement

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1.  Resources from The Lausanne Movement 

a. Lausanne Connecting Point ENewsletter.  If you are not already a subscriber to our monthly enewsletter, I encourage you to sign-up at http://www.lausanne.org/en/about/resources/email-newsletter.html.  This is one of the best ways to stay current with the Movement’s emphasis on world evangelization, learn about gatherings you can be involved in, access resources, and connect with other leaders.

b. The Cape Town Commitment (www.lausanne.org/ctcommitment) has now been translated into 25 languages.  You may join the Conversation on the issues highlighted in the Commitment by participating in the Lausanne Global Conversation, http://conversation.lausanne.org/en/topics.

c. Lausanne Library books are now available.  „Christ our Reconciler: Gospel, Church World” (IVP/Lausanne Library) is the official record of The Third Lausanne Congress and contains some of the sharpest thinking the evangelical world has to offer.  Each section begins with an exposition of Ephesians, and then engages with issues relating to the six most critical areas facing the Church today.  The first of these is our battle for Truth – in the Church, in the world of ideas, and in the workplace.  The book concludes with Lindsay Brown’s stirring Closing Address to the Congress.

„The Cape Town Commitment Study Edition” (Hendrickson/Lausanne Library) has been masterfully crafted by Rose Dowsett for individuals or for group study.  It is thoughtful, intelligent and theological, with searching questions of application.   We offer these books to the Church as it gathers on Sunday; to Christians in the professional and public arenas; and to the global Missions community.  We trust they will inform discussion and strategic planning.  To purchase these and other resources, please visit our bookstore at: http://www.lausanne.org/en/about/resources/library.html.

d. Lausanne Global Analysis (LGA).  The purpose of the LGA is to deliver strategic and credible information, analysis, and insight from an international network of evangelical analysts for policy makers and leaders of Christian organizations committed to the work of world evangelization.  The November launch issue will be announced in the Lausanne Connecting Point ENewsletter and our Facebook page.

e. Congress Videos and Pictures.  If you would like to view portions of the Congress, you may watch videos of the sessions (http://www.lausanne.org/en/multimedia/videos/ct2010-session-videos.html) and look at photos of the gathering (http://www.lausanne.org/en/multimedia/photos/cape-town2010-photos.html) on the Lausanne website.

 f. The Music CDfrom the Congress will be available for purchase shortly.  We will send you an email when it’s available for purchase online.

2.  Giving.  You may make a gift online by visiting the Lausanne Website (www.lausanne.org/give).  Information on other giving options are availabe at http://www.lausanne.org/en/about/give/giving-options.html  If you need details on bank/wire transfers, please email info@lausanne.org.

Let me provide some additional information to help you understand the factors that contributed to our Cape Town 2010 shortfall:  1) The cyber-attack from China cost $200k to resolve;  2) The South Africa Revenue Service reversed a decision to make a US$500k VAT refund, reducing it to US$80k, an effective income loss of US$420k;  3) The US dollar hit a three year low against the South African Rand during the month of the Congress.  The currency loss from 1 September to 31 October resulted in additional dollar costs of nearly US$500k;  4) Nearly 300 invited participants from financially disadvantaged Francophone Africa countries arrived in Cape Town without having registered.  We needed to provide housing and meals for them at a cost of nearly US$300k.  You will be pleased to know that all of the funds used to repay the loans to our Congress donors will then be re-distributed by those donors to other ministries after the first of the year.

3.  Leadership.   God has raised up a remarkable group of men and women who are providing leadership for The Lausanne Movement.  They include:

Organizatorii Congresului de la Cape Town au difuzat un rezumat al întregului congres. În acest material îi veți putea vedea pe principalii vorbitori, temele abordate pe parcursul celor 8 zile, precum si concluziile congresului.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I am writing today to provide you with a report on the recent Lausanne Biennial Leadership Meeting.  In my opinion, this was the most productive and gratifying meeting that we have had since I began serving as the Chairman of Lausanne in 2004.  We praise God and give him thanks for the progress that was made and for his presence and direction at the meeting.

Dr. Leighton Ford, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of The Lausanne Movement, shared with me at the end of the meeting that he believes Lausanne is now the strongest that it has ever been.  I believe the most significant accomplishment of the week is that we successfully transitioned from Event Mode to Movement Mentality and came away with a clear sense of unity, vision and direction, strong leadership and growing momentum.  Three factors made this possible:

  • Gaining clarity on our vision and message for the future;
  • Restructuring Lausanne’s leadership to serve the needs of a global Movement and;
  • Aligning the entire Lausanne Movement with The Cape Town Commitment (www.lausanne.org/ctcommitment) which serves as our road map for the next ten years.

Additionally, we officially launched the Global Executive Leadership Forum.  Approval was given for the development of the monthly Lausanne Global Analysis.  Support was also given to proceed with plans for the first “Davos-like” Lausanne Global Briefing in 2013 for 350 of the world’s leading pastors, scholars, mission leaders and business executives.  At those biennial global consultations we will assess progress in world evangelization with respect to The Cape Town Commitment.  We also began the initial planning for the Younger Leaders Gathering in 2015.

I am pleased to report the following steps forward:

1. Cape Town 2010 Celebration:  We had a grand celebration of the achievement and impact of Cape Town 2010.  “God is on the move” as we heard in story after story from around the world.  Most encouraging were the reports of new partnerships and initiatives that have begun as a result of the Congress.  More will be shared in the coming year.  (Please send your stories and reports to communications@lausanne.org.)

Together we also watched Congress video clips that helped us relive a shared journey that will never be forgotten.  I hope you’ll be encouraged as I was when you watch the following short video on the Congress:
http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010/short-documentary.html.

2. Lausanne Board Leadership: I believe that the restructuring of the Lausanne Board, including the addition of new members from every region, allows the Board to now be positioned to serve as a “global board of elders” for evangelicalism with respect to world evangelization.

I am particularly pleased to announce that Ram Gidoomal has agreed to serve as the Board Chairman.  Ram is a man of great distinction with experience in business, government, higher education and mission.  He is the prototypical 21st century global Christian leader, a convert to Christ from Hinduism, a Diaspora man of South Asian heritage who was raised in Africa, who then helped build a global enterprise while based in Geneva and London.  He leads mission movements in the United Kingdom and South Asia and serves on a number of prominent boards in England, India and the U.S.  We praise God that Ram has brought his rich life experience to the service of Christ and to The Lausanne Movement.  Please keep him and his wife, Sunita, in your prayers.

3. International Deputy Directors:  Our team of 12 International Deputy Directors (IDDs), working under the leadership of International Director Lindsay Brown, has been further strengthened and reconfigured with seven new members.  Lausanne IDDs provide global presence and regional advocacy for the Movement.  They will be convening regional consultations in the next 18 months with the next two major consultations in Moscow (Eurasia) and in Cairo (Middle East/North Africa region).

4. Global Executive Leadership Forum (GELF):  The emergence of GELF may prove to be one of the most significant developments of Cape Town 2010.  Under the leadership of Bob and Leslie Doll, along with GELF Chairman, Atul Tandon, GELF will connect and resource business leaders of global influence who have a profound commitment to Christ and the mission of the church in the world.

5. Cape Town Commitment (CTC):  To ensure that we are making solid progress in the priorities articulated in this document, 30-35 Lausanne Senior Associates will be appointed who will each take responsibility for one of the Commitments.  They will be supported by mission organizations and networks who will serve as resource partners. These Senior Associates will work to convene consultations and catalyze new initiatives in their area of specialized responsibility over the next three years.

6. Younger Leaders:  As an expression of Lausanne’s historic commitment to the development of younger leaders, plans were initiated for the next Younger Leaders Gathering in 2015.  In the years leading up to that global gathering, younger leaders will be identified, developed and connected to mentors and to one another in each of the 12 Lausanne regions.  Interestingly, many of the leaders for Cape Town 2010 first came into Lausanne through the 1987 Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Singapore.

7. Pew Forum Research:  During the meeting, Luis Lugo, Director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, released the results of their research done among the 4000 participants at Cape Town 2010.  This report, which has been distributed and reported globally, reveals the dynamism, complexity and maturity of global evangelicalism.  The report also raises the visibility of Lausanne in the eyes of the church and with scholars and journalists as a Movement that is intellectually vibrant and strategically engaged in holistic mission.  Read the executive summary report here:
http://pewforum.org/Christian/Evangelical-Protestant-Churches/Global-Survey-exec.aspx

8. Lausanne/Cape Town 2010 Curriculum:  You will soon have access to curricula for use in colleges and seminaries, as well as course material carefully developed for adult study groups, Sunday School classes and mission committees.  This will include course outlines, video clips of presentations at the Congress, and carefully edited papers prepared for the Lausanne Global Conversation and the Congress.

9. Sabbatical:  Jeanie and I are grateful to the Lausanne Board for granting me an extended sabbatical over the next five months.  This will enable me to regain energy and strength following the demands and strains related to the Congress preparations.  Please pray that this will be a time of physical rest as well as a time of deepening and strengthening as we seek to discern all that God has for us during this season.

I have full confidence in our Board Chairman, Ram Gidoomal, and our International Director, Lindsay Brown, who will be providing leadership for the Movement during this time of sabbatical.

At a moment in history when we are dealing with unanticipated global challenges and with unprecedented opportunity for bearing witness to the power of the gospel, it is a sign of hope to see fresh vision, new expressions of unity and a rising generation of leaders come together with renewed passion for “the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.”

Thank you for your friendship and partnership in the gospel.  May God continue to wonderfully bless you.

In Christ,

S. Douglas Birdsall
Executive Chairman, The Lausanne Movement

At its leadership meeting in Boston in June, The Lausanne Movement adopted The Cape Town Commitment, issuing from The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, as its ‘roadmap for the next ten years’.

Ram Gidoomal, noul lider al Lausanne Movement

Doug Birdsall, Lausanne Movement Chief Executive, said, ‘We trust The Cape Town Commitment will prove to be of global significance and of eternal consequence. We sense a burden of spiritual responsibility as we now work to implement it.’

The Lausanne Movement aspires to be Christ-centred, biblically-orientated and missiologically-focused. ‘Its purpose,’ said Lindsay Brown, International Director, ‘is to strengthen the evangelical Church to bear witness to Christ in every area of the world. To do this, we must engage with every region geographically, with every sphere of society, and, too, with the realm of ideas.’ He said The Cape Town Commitment captured this spirit and intent, describing it as ‘profoundly elegant, and panoramic in its biblicism’.

George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization (OM), spoke of his desire to distribute a hundred thousand copies of  The Cape Town Commitment in the West and in the majority world. ‘It’s a vital document,’ he said. ‘I love its Confession of Faith as a basis for its Call to Action. We will see some results from it soon. But others will be invisible, and will surface only in years to come around the world.’

Ram Gidoomal, a London-based businessman and entrepreneur and a former Vice Chair of the Movement, has been appointed Chairman of the Board, to succeed Doug Birdsall, who will continue to lead the Movement; Grace Mathews, from Delhi, Director of the Programme for The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, has been appointed Vice Chair. Ram Gidoomal said ‘I am honoured to take on this role. It will be a joy to serve with the board, and with Doug Birdsall and Lindsay Brown as we implement The Cape Town Commitment.

Beginning in 2012, The Lausanne Movement will host a series of consultations on major issues identified in The Cape Town Commitment. ‘These will be global in scope, and draw on the sharpest evangelical thinking in each field,’ said Doug Birdsall.

The Third Lausanne Congress engaged hundreds of thousands of evangelicals through its webcasts, GlobaLink sites and multi-lingual Global Conversation. Future plans for The Lausanne Movement include a Global Briefing for leaders in the church, in mission engagement, and in the public arenas of government, business and academia; and the development of a multi-lingual publishing imprint ‘The Lausanne Library’.

The Cape Town Commitment is available from all booksellers and internet retailers.

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Am primit acest mesaj de la Douglas Birdsall, director executiv Lausanne.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Greetings in the name of our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I trust you enjoyed a glorious Easter celebration. 

I am writing to you on April 27th.  Today is the 90th birthday of John Stott, the Honorary Chairman of The Lausanne Movement.  I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a happy birthday and in t hanking God for the model and impact of his remarkable like.  (You may post a birthday message to him online here: www.johnstott.org/news/226.)

I remember a wonderful evening with John Stott in February 2006 as we were talking and dreaming about the future of The Lausanne Movement.  Over dinner at a Greek restaurant near his home in London, “Uncle John” discussed plans for the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Malaysia and the prospect of a Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization.  It was an inspiring and unforgettable evening.

As we walked back to his home after dinner, Uncle John was walking slowly. He was steadying himself with a cane in one hand and holding my elbow with the other.  He stopped as we neared his flat and said, “I just hope I live long enough to see all that we have talked about tonight come to pass.”

By God’s grace he has lived long enough to Lausanne III come to pass.  Though he is very weak and is nearing the end, he followed the planning of the programme, the selection of the participants and the unfolding of Cape Town 2010 with great interest.  He was particularly interested in the work lead by Chris Wright on The Cape Town Commitment.

I contacted him a few weeks ago, just after the full Cape Town Commitment had been published.  When I called, one of his old friends was there reading the document to him, slowly and carefully, so that he could take in every phrase.  The friend passed the phone to John Stott and we spoke briefly for what will likely prove to be our final conversation.  In a weak and halting voice he said, “It’s a beautiful and profound document.  With it, you seem to have achieved an astonishing degree of unity.”

This was of utmost importance to John Stott.  You may remember that in his letter of greeting to Cape Town, he closed by quoting the Apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians:  “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Happy Birthday “Uncle John” and thank you for the model of your life and for your life-long commitment to the unity of the whole church, the preaching of the whole gospel, and the evangelization of the whole world.  

Yours in Christ,
S. Douglas Birdsall
Executive Chair, The Lausanne Movement

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization have released the Cape Town Declaration on Care and Counsel as Mission – a three page document that outlines foundational principles for responding to the unprecedented level of global mental health needs both within the Church and beyond. Sections of the Declaration address theological foundations for care and counsel as mission as well as the need for more holistic and systemic perspectives, increasing inclusion of indigenous forms and methods of care, and collaborative methods of understanding and responding.

‘God is calling us to walk alongside the suffering people of the world as He does,’ noted Bradford Smith, who leads Lausanne’s Care and Counsel as Mission Interest Committee. ‘Our hope is that this Declaration, rooted in the 2009 Lausanne Consultation on Care and Counsel as Mission held in Mexico City, will stimulate a global dialogue on the future role of Christian counseling or, more broadly, care and counsel in serving all people.’ Noting the widespread adoption of western psychology in Christian counseling training programs worldwide, the Declaration recommends the development of ‘integral (holistic) models of psychology and psychotherapy that utilize indigenous, Christian models of human functioning, wholeness and resiliency drawn selectively and sensitively from the insights of psychologies from around the world.’

The Declaration will be of interest to pastors, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educators, mission organizations, and member care personnel. It is available at www.careandcounselasmission.org, along with a growing list of endorsers worldwide.