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Lausanne Congress On World Evangelization

Convened by an international group of 142 evangelical leaders under the honorary chairmanship of Dr. Billy Graham, this congress aimed: to proclaim the biblical basis of true evangelism; to relate biblical truth to contemporary issues; to share and strengthen unity and love in Christ; to identify those yet unreached with the Gospel; to learn from each other the patterns of evangelism the Holy Spirit is using today; to awaken Christian consciences to the implications of expressing Christ’s love in attitude and action; to develop cooperative strategies toward partnership in the work; to pray together that the congress might notably further world evangelization; and to be God’s people, available for His purposes in the world.

There were nearly 3,000 official participants from 150 countries. All had previously received, and most had responded in writing to, the major papers; at Lausanne the main work was done in seminars and study groups. Regional and national groups met to consider local implications of the insights gained. The congress produced the widely acclaimed Lausanne Covenant and set up a continuation committee “to further the total biblical mission of the Church,” with special reference to the 2.7 billion of the world’s people yet unreached.

Lausanne was the culmination of the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism* and a series of national and regional congresses.

See Let the Earth Hear His Voice (ed. J.D. Douglas, 1975).Gottfried Osei-Mensah