On March 18, APU President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, hosted The Conversation, 1 of 12 strategic gatherings happening across the United States in preparation for Cape Town 2010—The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. The event brought together several evangelical leaders to discuss critical issues facing today's global Church—all part of an effort to ensure that issues presented at Cape Town accurately reflect the global discussion.
"This gathering is an opportunity for APU to be engaged with academic institutions around the world as we think of advancing the Church," said Doug Birdsall, Ph.D (Cand.), executive chair of the Lausanne Movement and moderator of the Azusa conversation.
Held in partnership with Christianity Today International, the meeting included Birdsall; John Huffman Jr., chairman of Christianity Today; Brad Lomenick, executive director of Catalyst; Nikki Toyama-Szeto, program director for Urbana09; and Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, among others.
The first Lausanne Congress took place in 1974 and was led by Reverend Billy Graham in Lausanne, Switzerland, with roughly 2,700 attendees. The movement has grown considerably since then and some 4,000 individuals from more than 200 countries are expected to attend the 2010 Congress in Cape Town from October 16–25. The congress will consider important issues of the modern world, including poverty, HIV/AIDS, and persecution, and how they affect the future of the global Church and its mission.
President Wallace expressed that APU's mission aligns with that of the Lausanne Movement, saying, "APU exists to serve the world Church." In show of its support, the university is sending six student stewards to serve onsite at the October Congress.
For more information regarding the Lausanne Movement, visit www.lausanne.org. To learn more about The Conversation gatherings, visit http://www.lausanne.org/global-conversation/conversation-gatherings.html/.