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July 2004: Let the Earth Hear His Voice

From the cover of the Lausanne 74 Program and Information booklet.  There is a copy in Collection 53, Box 3, Folder 6
Logo of the International Congress on World Evangelization

Thirty years ago this month, the International Congress on World Evangelization (ICOWE) was held in Lausanne Switzerland. The meeting, better known as the Lausanne Congress, was intended to bring together Christian leaders from around the world to discuss and plan world wide efforts to witness to the Good news of Jesus Christ. Representatives came mostly but not exclusively from the Protestant Evangelical tradition.

One outcome of the the Congress was the Lausanne Covenant, a statement of Christian belief and lifestyle that became a touchstone for Evangelicals. Another result, slightly later, was the formation of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE). The Committee grew out of a continuation committee that had surveyed the attendees of the the congress to discover if a continuing organization was desired and if so, what should it do. The continuation committee met in Mexico City in January 1975 and formed the LCWE.

The Congress, the Covenant, and the LCWE were all part of a world wide movement of Evangelicals. This effort involved presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the modern world, developing an international Christian fellowship, and struggling with how to be true to Jesus as individual Christians and as a church. The latest meeting of the Lausanne movement is this year's 2004 Forum for World Evangelization, to be attended by almost 2,000 Christian leaders.

To celebrate this anniversary, the bulletin board this month is putting up a variety of items from the original congress. The Archives has the records of the ongoing LCWE (Collection 46).

Click to see photos from the Congress

Click to read the minutes of meeting in Mexico City in January 1975 that resulted in the formation of the LCWE.

Click to read more about the history of the LCWE, from the guide to Collection 46.

Click to read the Lausanne Covenant. (This link will take you to the web page of the LCWE).

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