Cape Town 2010, which took place from 17 – 24 October 2010, has been called the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in the 2000 year history of the Christian movement (Christianity Today). 4,000 Christian leaders from 198 countries attended the Congress in Cape Town, and several thousand more leaders participated in the congress through the Cape Town GlobaLink and Lausanne Global Conversation.
Cape Town 2010 sounded a ringing affirmation of the truth of Jesus Christ; presented a clear statement on Christian witness among people of other faiths; provided a re-focused emphasis on evangelism and the integral mission of the Church; issued a call to eradicate “Bible poverty”; called the Church back to humility, integrity and simplicity; and offered an earnest challenge to new collaborative initiatives and partnerships addressing the important issues facing the Church and God’s world.
“The Cape Town Commitment, issued out of Cape Town 2010, stands in the historic line of The Lausanne Covenant (Lausanne I) and Manila Manifesto (Lausanne II). The Cape Town Commitment is a profoundly elegant and biblical affirmation of evangelical faith, framed in the language of love, and is a purposeful articulation of our call to action with regard to world evangelization. The Commitment is the result of a three year consultation process that brought together hundreds of Christian leaders from around the world. These leaders helped identify the issues that were discussed at the congress and then emphasized in the document. The Cape Town Commitment will serve as the road map for The Lausanne Movement for the coming decade.” (Taken from www.lausanne.org)
In 2012 Michael Cassidy was asked to become Honorary Chairman of the movement in succession to the late John Stott. Later on Doug Birdsall, a former Director of the Lausanne Movement, was invited to become an Honorary Co-Chairman as well.
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