In the summer of 1974 the International Congress on World Evangelism was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Amazingly, the coordinators were able to divide 10,000 believers representing 156 countries, meeting over a period of nine days, into small groups in order to develop a strategy for evangelism. These divisions were concerned with four basic thrusts, which included:
- National strategy groups where the participants from a particular country met every day to answer two basic questions: How can we best complete the evangelization of our own country? What unique contributions does our nation have to make to world evangelization at this point in history?
- Demonstration of evangelistic activity groups.
- Strategy of evangelization study groups.
- Theology of evangelization study groups.
The facts derived from this convergence of believers were several. The church is growing proportionally faster than the population in many parts of the world, such as Brazil, East Africa, and India. There are now more than 200 non-Caucasian, non-European, non-Western foreign missionary societies. There are still 2.7 billion people who have not heard the Gospel.
The results of this convocation have been multiple. Certain individual countries have been galvanized into activity. Perhaps just as important, the Lausanne Congress has reminded many that the household of God holds global implications.
Since that first meeting in Switzerland, the convocation has held two additional gatherings. The second occurred in 1989 in Manila, the Philippines. The third took place in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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