October 19, 2010
The World Evangelical Alliance has spoken of the need for greater levels of partnership among evangelicals as they seek to present the Gospel to the world in the face of unprecedented challenges. WEA Secretary General Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe made the call in an address at the opening ceremony of Cape Town 2010, the Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelization.
Dr Tunnicliffe expressed his appreciation to leaders of The Lausanne Movement for their invitation to collaborate with them in holding the Congress.
“In a day when the church is often seen as fractured, a response to the prayer in John 17 is needed. We must demonstrate our unity in Christ for the sake of the Gospel and the advancement of God’s Kingdom,” he said.
Dr Tunnicliffe highlighted a number of obstacles to the spread of Christianity, among them the spread of radical secularism and religious extremism, extreme poverty, environmental degradation and war.
“All these challenges and more present us with remarkable opportunities to serve people in need and bear witness of Christ in all situations.
“We must come together to face these challenges. Our commitment in seeking to fulfil God’s purposes demands greater levels of partnership between all of us.
“Our God and the needs of the world demand a deeper humility and a growing commitment to being God's agents of reconciliation, peacemaking and justice.”
Cape Town 2010 is being attended by 4,500 evangelicals from around the world in Cape Town, South Africa, from 16 to 25 October 2010.
Dr Tunnicliffe paid tribute to the vitality of the church in Africa and spoke of the sense of anticipation among evangelicals as to what could be accomplished as a result of the Congress.
In his closing remarks, he said: “It is our prayer that this event will become a significant catalyst for the advancement of God’s kingdom.”
The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations and global networks. The WEA is the world¹s largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.
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