For the first time, outcomes from the Lausanne Movement's three global Congresses are bound in a single volume, together with the Congress closing addresses. Connections forged through these gatherings have resulted in hundreds of partnerships within and across continents. Today, Lausanne has a presence in nearly every nation. Its focus remains on evangelization, in the geographical world and in the world of ideas. To this end it generates some of the sharpest biblical thinking on major issues facing the Church.
In the Foreword, Leighton Ford tracks the story of the Movement from early discussions called by Billy Graham in partnership with John Stott. These led to the historic 1974 gathering in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Lausanne Covenant, issuing from that event, would define evangelicalism for the remainder of the century.
Michael Y Oh, Lausanne's current Executive Director, writes in his Afterword of the Movement's two-fold aspiration, namely to share wisdom which is biblical, strategic, and timely, and to produce and share teaching of enduring worth, and global and eternal impact.
Christ gave gifts to his Church to share, and the Lausanne Movement has been memorably described as an exchange of gifts, that is, gifts from the church on one continent to the church on another, and gifts from the global church to the local church, and to individual Christians. In that spirit, this volume includes the Kenyan liturgy for the Cape Town 2010 Closing Communion service.