For Immediate Release
June 20, 2007
The Executive Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation, Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, and the head of the World Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, have formally launched their new partnership for the next International Congress on World Evangelisation, Lausanne III, to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010.
Rev. Tunnicliffe, who represents around 420 million Christians worldwide, and Rev. Birdsall were officially invited to Cape Town by Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise, on Tuesday (19 June), during the Lausanne Bi-Annual International Leadership Meeting currently taking place in Budapest, Hungary.
“Lausanne III has the most enormous salvific potential for the church in South Africa and indeed all of Africa,” Mr. Cassidy told the leaders. “We pray we will bless you and that it will be a mighty reviving, renewing and historic moment for the church around the world, and for mission and evangelism all across our globe.”
Mr. Cassidy then formally invited Rev. Tunnicliffe and Rev. Birdsall to come to Cape Town, South Africa to hold Lausanne III.
On accepting the invitation from Mr. Cassidy and other Cape Town representatives, Rev. Tunnicliffe said, “We believe that we share the same vision and heart of Lausanne as we continue to work at transforming nations and transforming the world. Our keenness is to work together for the Kingdom of God and for His glory and we believe this partnership realises that desire.”
Rev. Birdsall expressed his delight in the new partnership between Lausanne and WEA: “I am pleased that we are partnering with the WEA in planning and developing Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010. May this partnership resemble what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Dr. Bertil Ekstrom is head of the WEA’s Missions Commission and a member of the Programme Committee for Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010. He welcomed the partnership: “The World Evangelical Alliance and Lausanne already share the same vision to make Jesus Christ known around the world. The new partnership is the logical next step and will allow us to pool together resources and expertise as we continue to work towards our shared goal of seeing the Kingdom of God come on this earth.”
Nearly 400 Christian leaders are currently gathered in Budapest for the weeklong Lausanne conference to pray, plan and work together for Lausanne III, which will seek to address what Rev. Birdsall called the “scandal of fragmentation” within the body of Christ, and the continuation of mission..
Lausanne III is expected to gather around 4000 Christian leaders in Cape Town and link up millions more around the world via satellite when it takes place from 16 to 25 October 2010.
Marion Uzac, Press Secretary, E-mail: [email protected]
Sylvia Soon, Chief of Staff, E-mail: [email protected]
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.