Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

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Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

"The story of Lausanne begins with Rev. Billy Graham. A powerful preacher, Graham quickly rose to prominence in the 1940’s and 50’s to become America’s foremost evangelist. As he began preaching internationally, Graham developed a passion to “unite all evangelicals in the common task of the total evangelization of the world.”

"In 1966 the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in partnership with America’s Christianity Today magazine, sponsored the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin. The Congress brought together 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries and inspired a number of follow-up conferences in places such as Singapore and Bogotá.

"Just a few years later, Graham perceived the need for a larger, more diverse congress to reframe the Christian mission of evangelization in a world rife with social, political, economic, and religious upheaval. He shared this idea with 100 world Christian leaders, and the affirmation of the need for such a Congress was overwhelmingly enthusiastic...

"In July 1974 some 2,700 participants and guests from over 150 nations gathered in the Swiss Alps for ten days of discussion, fellowship, worship and prayer. The Congress achieved an unprecedented diversity of nationalities, ethnicities, ages, occupations and denominational affiliations. In fact, TIME magazine described the Lausanne Congress as “a formidable forum, possibly the widest-ranging meeting of Christians ever held.” Congress participants heard addresses from some of the world’s most respected Christian leaders of the time, including Graham, Samuel Escobar, Francis Schaeffer, Malcolm Muggeridge, and John Stott. Ralph Winter’s plenary address, in which he introduced the term “unreached people groups” was hailed as “one of the milestone events in missiology.” In contradistinction to those calling for a moratorium on foreign missions, Winter argued that because thousands of groups remained without a single Christian witness, cross-cultural evangelization should be the primary task of the church. Dr. Scott Moreau (Evangelical Missions Quarterly) and Dr. Mike O'Rear (Global Mapping) have called the people groups concept “the most significant development in evangelical mission strategy over the last 25 years” (Moreau 1998)...

"One of the major undertakings of the 1974 Congress was the development of the Lausanne Covenant..." [1]

Executive Leadership

Accessed December 2008: [2]

Lausanne Administrative Committee Equivalent of Board of Directors – overall authority for the Lausanne Movement, provides leadership, sets policy and basic direction


International Deputy Directors

Accessed December 2008: [3]

Represents the region to Lausanne by communicating the direction of the Church and the issues of the area; helps in the creation of national and regional committees; promotes Lausanne to the region.

Advisory Leadership

Accessed December 2008: [4]

Honorary Advisors

Senior Advisors Providing trusted leadership, wisdom and counsel for the Lausanne Movement



Resources and articles

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  1. About, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, accessed December 15, 2008.
  2. Lausanne Leadership, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, accessed December 15, 2008.
  3. Lausanne Leadership, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, accessed December 15, 2008.
  4. Lausanne Leadership, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, accessed December 15, 2008.