Lausanne Movement's Unique Calling
Across the world today, men and women are faithfully stewarding God’s call as leaders and people of influence in organizations, churches, schools, and marketplaces. What would happen if these men and women were to gather together to form God-inspired, catalytic connections within and across regions, generations, shared interests, and ideas? This is the unique calling of the Lausanne Movement: to connect influencers and ideas for global mission.
In his travels around the world, Billy Graham met many leaders who were disconnected from each other. He felt called to bring these leaders together, thus beginning a movement of connections marked by a spirit of humility, friendship, prayer, study, partnership, and hope, which Graham called ‘the spirit of Lausanne’. It is in this spirit that world congresses, global gatherings, and issue-specific forums and consultations have been convened for over 40 years, resulting in numerous connections, initiatives, and resources.
LAUSANNE MOVEMENT IN CANADA
In 1974 at the time of Lausanne I, Mariano DiGangi was appointed Chair of Lausanne Canada. Then 10 years later in January of 1984, Leighton Ford along with Brian Stiller and a few others formally incorporated the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization in Canada as a Registered Charity.
Over the years Lausanne in Canada has contributed to the Lausanne Movement globally by holding its own consultations on issues that have a strong Canadian connection. Canada has also generated many thought leaders who continue to influence the global stage as Lausanne Catalysts. Their papers and books on topics such as the Diaspora are leading the global discussion on the changing face of missions.
Unreached people groups still need to be reached in many remote parts of the world. But with the influx of immigrants to our nation the Global mission field is now on our doorstep. And there's another whole group we tend to ignore, and that is the UNDER-REACHED people group of our co-workers, neighbours and family members - right here in Canada!
Join us in prayer and action as we work to mobilize the church to regain its footing, nerve and voice so as to win back this great nation of Canada for Christ.