C&MA Leaders Participate at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization


More than 100 Christian and Missionary Alliance church and mission leaders from around the world participated in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization held in Cape Town, South Africa, October 16–24. The Alliance participants joined with 4,100 other delegates to discuss issues and challenges facing the global Church in the next decade.

Rev. Arie Verduijn, president of the Alliance World Fellowship, convened a special meeting of Alliance delegates that some 60 participants attended, including nationals from Canada, Congo, Gabon, India, Israel, Jordan, Netherlands, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, United States and Vietnam.

The Alliance World Fellowship (AWF) represents about 45 Alliance-related national church bodies from around the globe. The mission of AWF is to facilitate cooperation among its member churches as they work toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Dr. Robert Fetherlin, vice president of International Ministries for the U.S. C&MA, communicated the following message to U.S. C&MA international workers: “I am returning with some new friendships and connections, fresh ideas and new tools and a deepened vision and greater love for Christ, His Church and lost people.”

Also participating was Dr. Martin Sanders, professor of pastoral theology at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) in Nyack, N.Y. Dr. Sanders was accompanied by a dozen students from ATS who were exposed to the issues and challenges they will be facing as church leaders. In addition to his role at ATS, Dr. Sanders directs Global Leadership, a ministry committed to developing and empowering the next generation of effective Christian leaders for ministry around the world.

Dr. Sadiri Joy Tira, a Filipino-Canadian missiologist, serves as Lausanne’s Senior Associate for Diasporas and as Global Ministries Diaspora Specialist for the C&MA in Canada. Dr. Tira made a special presentation to the entire Congress. He believes that Church strategy for reaching people who emigrate from their homelands starts with the ministry of hospitality.

Dr. Fred Smith, professor of World Missions at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, was fascinated with the broad representation of the global Church at the Congress. “Without a doubt the most impressive aspect of the weeklong meetings was the gathering of evangelicals of every stripe fellowshiping together without visible disunity. The one phrase of the conference that caught my attention was ‘we [the evangelical Church] need to develop a culture of grace.’ That spirit was exemplified . . . among the participants.”

—Doug Wicks

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