Johnnie Moore, Liberty University campus pastor and vice president of media relations, is participating in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, which began Sunday, Oct. 17. He is joining more than 4,000 evangelical Christian missions leaders from more than 200 countries.
Started by the Rev. Billy Graham, the previous Congresses were held in 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 1989 in Manila, Philippines. According to Lausanne Movement Executive Chairman Doug Birdsall, the event is “the most diverse and representative gathering of Christian leaders … since Christ.”
Over the next week, the 4,000 delegates, whom Birdsall referred to as some of the “brightest minds in Christianity today,” will address the unique challenges Christians encounter as they are entering in the third millennium after Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
The Congress will be viewed online by more than 100,000 believers around the world.
“Standing in this gathering of thousands of evangelical leaders, representing in excess of 1 billion Christians, feels a bit like crawling into the pages of a Church History textbook,” said Moore. “Nearly everyone here anticipates that this meeting could be the lynchpin to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth in this living generation — it is historical.”