The Global Evangelisation Roundtable
I. PUBLIC STATEMENT
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN LEADERS CREATE A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION
IN WORLD EVANGELIZATION
Representatives of the major international evangelical networks met in
Hurdal, Norway, March 21st to 25th 1999 to discuss their relationships
and develop a new framework for cooperation into the new millennium.
The conference, hosted by the Norwegian Missionary Council, was called
by the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement, the Lausanne Committee for World
Evangelization and the World Evangelical Fellowship.
Historic differences were laid aside in an atmosphere of prayer and
humility as the participants explored the core values, which they
share in common. There was unanimous support for a new framework
marked by an evangelistic vision, a common basis of faith rooted in a
biblical, historic, evangelical Christianity and a recognition of the
centrality of the local church in world evangelization. In seeking a
new platform for cooperation the conference participants committed
themselves to creating a cooperative vehicle that serves all parts of
the Body of Christ, affirms a plurality of ministries and different
regional and national distinctives.
In a spirit of expectancy, the conference proposed the establishment
of a Global Evangelization Forum to provide a new evangelical
platform for cooperation in fulfilling the task of world
evangelisation as we enter the 21st century. The Global
Evangelization Forum will function as an open, inclusive, horizontal
partnership designed to encourage wide participation and facilitate
collaboration between geographical and functional groups. The major
networks represented at the conference expressed a strong commitment
to align their ministries with this development and to participate
fully in the proposed Forum.
A working committee was charged with the responsibility to develop
the proposals into a series of recommendations to be presented for
adoption by the networks represented in the gathering.
II. FOUNDATIONAL VALUES OF THE GLOBAL EVANGELISATION ROUNDTABLE, OSLO
We are a people profoundly committed to Biblical, Historic,
Trinitarian Christianity, With particular appreciation for the
Lausanne Covenant, as well as our own Evangelical church heritage.
As we consider the future of world evangelization and the life of the
global church, we affirm:
- Our common goal for and passionate commitment to world
- Our dedication to a life of prayer and unleashing the entire
Church into global intercession.
- The proclamation of a holistic, transforming Gospel, underscoring
the centrality of the church for world evangelization.
- The need for a new relational "wineskin" within a context of
continuity and not based on position nor structure.
- A manifestation of unity grounded in the partnership of equals
around the globe.
- The need for a thorough re-examination of a theology of the
- Regional and national networks that also have a global focal
- The need for a more representative platform in which all members
of the Body of Christ are equal partners (for example: charismatics
and non-charismatics, male and female, younger and older, academics
- The need for one cooperative vehicle that supports a plurality of
- Our obedience to the Holy Spirit for empowerment, guidance and
recognition of leadership.
- Our commitment to a biblical and accountable stewardship of
- Our decision to communicate our unity to every level of our
various networks, and to the wider Body of Christ.
III. REPORT FROM THE GLOBAL EVANGELISM ROUNDTABLE WORKING GROUP
We propose the establishment of the Global Evangelisation
Roundtable/Forum (GER) as a new evangelical platform for cooperation
in fulfilling the task of world evangelisation in the 21st Century.
- The GER is a network of networks, such as a continuing component of
the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, the Lausanne Committee for World
Evangelization, the World Evangelical Fellowship (in particular its
Mission Commission) and other Evangelical networks (geographic and
functional) serving the cause of world evangelisation.
- The GER stands in the stream of Biblical, historic Christianity,
with a special appreciation for the Evangelical heritage, including
the Lausanne Covenant. The GER is committed to mobilizing the whole
church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
- The function of the leadership in the GER will be a facilitative
one, able to articulate and release the vision.
- As a roundtable, the GER operates with a "flat", open, inclusive
and non-bureaucratic structure.
- We propose the naming of an ongoing Working Committee consisting
of representatives of major networks, charged with the task of
working out a formal, concrete plan for the establishment of the GER
in the year 2001, that will be considered by the major networks
5.1 The major networks will nominate their representatives within 60
5.2 Thomas Wang will serve as initial convenor of the Working
5.3 This process will be facilitated by Interdev
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