5) Launches Remixed Website

lausanne-logoOK, I have to admit — seeing the website in this new light helped me bump into information I had never seen before. Maybe it will you, too. When you get a chance, stop by to see what they’ve done with the place. As you know, Lausanne is a global movement that connects influencers and ideas for the global mission of the gospel for every person; an evangelical church for every people; Christ-like leaders for every church; and kingdom impact in every sphere of society.

5) WordTruth Accessed From 170 Countries

In 2012, visitors from 170 countries came to for free, downloadable, PDF, ready to print material that links biblical truth with specific areas of life. You are welcome to use the material in any way that is beneficial to advance the cause of Christ. If you want to cut and paste articles (or portions of articles) and put material in your publications, the organizers encourage it. Please click on…

Over the past 2 1/2 years, participants from the Lausanne Movement website have accessed WordTruth material over 10,000 times per month. Over 70 WordTruth articles are posted on the Lausanne website:

1) MAC/US Lausanne Gathering in Denver, Oct 29-31

Better think twice about missing Denver ’12! Last year’s gathering yielded the Mission Mobilizer’s Playbook (Doc & Wiki) and introductory US Diaspora conversations have since grown into collaborative efforts to identify and reach America’s “peoples on the move.” This year’s affinity gathering of mission mobilizers not only builds upon last year’s successes but presses into important new developments in US & Global mission mobilization and opportunities to discover how we can work better together. So, bring a younger leader. If you aren’t able to come, send a substitute. To learn more about Denver ’12, contact: daveatmissionamericadotorg  (daveatmissionamericadotorg)   or go to:

(Thanks to Mission America USA for sending a $50 gift to empower Brigada to keep on resourcing global efforts to finish the task. We appreciate you!)

9) Lausanne Releases “Cape Town Commitment” —

I guess most or all global congresses try to release some kind of covenant, or manifesto, or, now, commitments. See the one from Cape Town at…

What’s your take on the document? Does it fall short? … or is it exactly what you would have written? If/when you comment, please mention whether or not you were a part of the group in Cape Town. Just click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

2) Where else Can You Pick up 175 free videos from a Global Event? —

Only at Lausanne….

Maybe you knew about videos, but maybe you hadn’t realized they’ve now done study questions, transcriptions, and they’re in the process of doing machine translations into the major languages of Lausanne. This is the conference that keeps on conferring. And the more you make use of these resources, the happier they are. So go for it. Try part of one for your next event.

10) More about the Fact that the Chinese weren’t at Lausanne —

You’ve already heard about the fact that the government of China stepped in at the last minute, blocking many from leaving their country to attend the Lausanne III Congress in Cape Town. See the article at

At the main session on Monday evening, Doug Birdsall, the executive chairman of Lausanne, asked us to gesture at a nearby empty chair… in an effort to show TV cameras that “there remains a seat at the table” for the Chinese delegates that weren’t permitted to come — in a show of solidarity. What Doug Birdsall didn’t count on was one passionate delegate who wanted to make the point even more vividly. See the 2 videos at…

Don’t miss the *2nd* video, Doug Birdsall’s presentation on the ‘missing Chinese,’ entitled “Truth – Global Issues – China.” See the gentleman raising the empty chair at the 10:40 mark in the video. I couldn’t find a still photo of that shot… but it’s certainly compelling.

15) Don’t Miss Lausanne III’s Most Effective Teaching Video —

It just might be the best original video Cape Town 2010 produced. Part I is at…

(It actually starts at 1:20)

followed by Part II at…

It’s entitled “Turning Points,” but it’s basically a history of the expansion of the church — a History of Missions — from Pentecost until 1910. Worth the watch… and the reshowing at your church or small group.

1) Lausanne III Uses More Bandwidth than World Cup —

That’s what Amy said, Tech Squad Manager for the Congress. “This is an unprecedented level of Internet usage for the country of South Africa, even more than when the World Cup was here,” she told the “Cape Town Today,” the daily newsletter handed to congress delegates. What can we conclude from this fact? That the nearly-5000 people at Lausanne III were some of the most internationally-connected people ever gathered under one South African roof. Duh. They came from 199 countries, which represents one of the most diverse crowds ever assembled *anywhere*. What’s more, each person is a leader back home. (As a result, all were likely Facebooking with their team members. :-) ) On top of all that, hackers were trying to undercut the congress at every turn. Either way, at the end of the day, Lausanne was victorious: The words of the conference went forward. Good overcame evil. Bloggers overcame hackers.

2) How Can You Get the Most out of Lausanne? —

It’s one thing to read an article about it; it’s quite another thing to *experience* it. Now you can! Maybe you can’t literally sit at a Lausanne discussion table, as all 4000 delegates did …

but you can certainly soak up the content in other ways. Check out the schedule, complete with links for the events that are already documented online with audio or video recordings:

Look at the virtual congress online…

… and the picture galleries…

Watch the videos…

Read the media…

… or the blogs…

for the “official” blog and …

for tons of unofficial opinions.

And perhaps most importantly of all, *pray* along with delegates at…

Thanks for joining the conversation! By doing so, you become a part of one of the most unique congresses in global history!

11) The BackPage: Lausanne III in the Rear-View Mirror —

The buzz in the hallways at the Cape Town Int’l Convention Center was that Lausanne had managed to raise $40 million in donations for Lausanne III. This was apparently in addition to the participant registration fees. So the question has to be asked — was it worth it. I’d like to suggest that it *is* worth it. Here’s why:

*** However you slice it, Lausanne works — The congress is famous for its clarion call: Christians have a mongo responsibility to tell the gospel to the untold. When the first Lausanne took place in 1974, approximately half the world’s people were sealed off from the Good News. Partly as a result of the resounding Lausanne gong, that percentage dropped to 1/3 by the second Lausanne congress in Manila (1989). Now, we’re within a hair’s width of that fraction being 1/4 of the world. Score one for the gospel.

*** Once every 20 years isn’t out of line — Granted; if Doug Birdsall advocated for a global conference every year, Brigada would cry uncle. But to me, passing the baton once per generation makes good sense.

*** This is a cause that deserves a reunion — Once I saw representatives from Sao Tome & Principe, singing side by side with brothers and sisters from Madagascar, I knew it was a good deal. Quote this: Lausanne probably looks more like Revelation 7:9 & 11 than anything else on the planet — “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the lamb… They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God…” The rest of the world deserves to see a taste… a pre-game show, so to speak, of what Heaven is going to be like. Who knows — it might cause someone in the liberal press to realize that there’s still a bunch of evangelicals who want to pursue truth, integrity, and unreached peoples.

*** Lausanne becomes a finish line for so many initiatives — Was it any accident that Jason and the gang just happened to release Operation: World on Day 1 of Lausanne III … Or the premier of a revision of “Fruitful Practices,” shipped into Cape Town with the ink still drying. I don’t think so. At least some of the human kind functions best with a deadline. Lausanne III was the biggest deadline since 1989 and 1974.

*** Lausanne gives us *touch* — Yes, video-conferencing and webinars are finally affordable (sometimes even free). And after lots of experimentation and practice, some of us are finally starting to actually *enjoy* them (now that we know which buttons to push). But still, I am restless. I would like to suggest that video-conferencing and webinars work for “information dump,” for true partnerships require a relational component. And frankly (call me old-fashioned if you want), relationships of trust are most efficiently forged face to face. I know that one *can* forget relationships over wires. (Just ask anyone who’s ever married someone from an online dating service.) But my experience is that those relationships take lots of time… and lots of keystrokes. At Lausanne (and other meetings like it), it is possible, under the right circumstances, to forge great partnerships in one *hour*. Face to face, in my opinion, is always superior. Lausanne does face to face reeeeeeeeally well.

*** Lausanne generates a ton of great publicity for the church — There are lots of other global gatherings. They all generate a buzz. But Lausanne is *fantastic* at culturing an environment of humility, unity, cooperation, and charity. Maybe others make us happier. Others might feature more famous people. In my opinion, Lausanne is the best at helping people “get it” — that we’re global for the right reasons… for the glory of God.

How ’bout you? Are you thumbs-up on Lausanne? … or thumbs-down? Click “Comment” below this item on the web and shoot straight with us. Thanks in advance for sharing your views.

1) Let Lausanne III Begin! —

“Let Lausanne III Begin!” That was Doug Birdsall’s proclamation at the end of a Sunday Night opening extravaganza in Cape Town, South Africa. OK… it wasn’t the Olympics or World Cup. But at the same time, on a relative scale, it was *grand*! I talked to one lady… and African… as she walked out of the hall after the service. “I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life!” And it practically all pointed to God and his work of “reconciling the world to himself in Christ.” (II Cor. 5:19 — the theme verse)

2) Tables are ‘in’ —

Imagine a hall filled with 4000 delegates and 800 stewards plus 100 or so guests. Now imagine them all sitting at tables, six per table. That’s the consistent look of the main plenary sessions. Why? I think one reason is because they like the idea of giving everyone an equal voice, whether African, Asian, European, North or South American, or Australian. It kind of levels the playing field. Here will be some important big-wig sitting right beside a tribal guy from Africa who is right beside a twenty-something girl from Asia. And when the table discussions amp up (which occurs often, but often for too brief a time), everybody has an equal say. This is the “whole table, talking to the whole hall, talking to the whole world.”

3) The Names of the sessions are different, formats similar —

Big super-sized workshops are “Multiplexes.” I keep expecting some kind of mongo psychological problem, but it just means “big panel discussion.” :-) Oh… and workshops aren’t workshops any more. They’re “Dialogue sessions.” The Bible study time is a “Celebration of the Bible.” The big picture is, “Pray, Listen, and Reflect.” Confession: I like it.

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