The Lighthouse Movement

Dear AD2-Announce Reader -

Greetings and blessings in Jesus for the upcoming Christmas Season of rejoicing / celebration in Him! May it flow into the coming year 2000 - and beyond!

Praise God for Mission America and The Lighthouse Movement, launched many months ago and widely broadcast across the nation from Madison Square Garden / New York City on 16 October 1999! Let us all rejoice together, pray for and join in this national initiative for over three million Lighthouses of Prayer to be raised up within the USA in support of the Celebrate Jesus 2000 vision and purposes outlined within the following announcement. Let us all pray for a great movement of God across this nation, a land He has blessed so mightily that we may be used to be a blessing to the peoples and nations of this world.

That ALL may hear!

Luis Bush
International Director
AD2000 & Beyond Movement


THE LIGHTHOUSE MOVEMENT


By Dr. Paul Cedar, Chairman Mission America

OVERVIEW

In December of 1995, some 160 evangelical leaders from throughout the United States gathered in Lisle, Illinois at the invitation of Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Bill Bright and other Christian leaders. This significant meeting inspired the beginning of The Lighthouse Movement.

The meeting, based on the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, which ignited a passion and commitment to "carry the Christian Gospel to all corners of the world before the end of this century," represented a renewal of the Covenant by these Christian leaders. The leaders committed themselves to joining together to accomplish the goal of praying for and introducing Christ to every person in America by year-end 2000.

In cooperation with the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, the National Association of Evangelicals and the Lausanne Movement, they organized under the banner of Mission America, a unified coalition of churches, denominations, parachurch ministries and ministry networks working together - calling their initiative Celebrate Jesus 2000 - to mobilize the church to pray for, care for and lovingly share Christ with every person in America by year-end 2000.

With the vision of Celebrate Jesus 2000, in January 1999, the coalition launched the Lighthouse strategy knows as The Lighthouse Movement to accomplish this goal.

BACKGROUND

In July 1974, the International Congress on Evangelism held a pinnacle gathering in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 10-day event, focusing on the theme of "Let the Earth Hear His Voice," brought together more than 2,400 evangelical leaders from 150 nations and ignited a passion and renewed commitment to "carry the Christian Gospel to all corners of the world before the end of this century."

By the close of this unprecedented meeting, the Lausanne Covenant, a 3,000-word document had been written and signed by 1,972 of the attendees. It affirmed 15 points including the Purpose of God, Authority and Power of the Bible, Christian Social Responsibility, the Urgency of the Evangelistic Task and the Return of Christ.

The document's final paragraph called each one to "enter into a solemn covenant with God and with each other to pray, to plan and to work together for the evangelization of the whole world." For many, this would be uncharted territory. Some had never worked with people outside their own denominations or language groups.

Dr. Billy Graham, serving as the honorary chairman of the congress, urged everyone in the audience to go from Lausanne and "do the work of an evangelist." He called for rededication and total commitment to the task ahead. In 1975, the U.S. Lausanne Committee formed as a part of the International Lausanne Movement.

For 15 years, those touched at the Lausanne conference worked to implement the principles and challenges set forth by the conference's dynamic leadership.

In 1989, Lausanne II, the second International Evangelism Conference convened by the International Lausanne Committee in Manila, Philippines, became yet another place for inspiration and unity. Christian leaders from 150 nations were brought together again, and were commissioned to take the "spirit of Lausanne" back to their nations - with renewed vigor - as the millennium drew to a close.

Following Lausanne II, the Lord impressed upon American Church leaders to respond to the urgency of the "Great Commission" and the task of evangelism in a new era. As a prayerful response to the Manila Conference, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement formed in 1990. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement convened a national consultation in Phoenix, Arizona and introduced the concept of citywide strategies for the United States.

In 1993, the U.S. Lausanne Committee convened a Prayer Summit in Portland, Oregon attracting some 300 Christian leaders. The committee adopted the basic agenda of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement for the remainder of the 20th Century.

Mission America was officially launched and established an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1996 Mission America began promoting the national evangelism initiative Celebrate Jesus 2000. Mission American began a radio program to highlight evangelism/outreach efforts in America and the ministry efforts of the Coalition members. The Coalition also established an Internet presence to encourage communication among coalition members and the entire Christian community.

In 1997 the Mission America Facilitation Committee called on Coalition members and staff to focus more intentionally on Celebrate Jesus 2000 with the goal of "praying for and sharing Christ with every person in America by year-end 2000." The Mission America coalition grew during 1997 and 1998 to more than 300 national leaders.

In 1999 Mission America launched The Lighthouse Movement, calling Christians to establish their homes, churches and businesses as Lighthouses to pray for, care for and share Christ with every person in America by year-end 2000. Mission America continues to grow, now some 400 national Christian leaders, representing more than 80 denominations (representing some 200,000 local churches), over 300 parachurch ministries and 58 ministry networks.

Contact: Paul Cedar 105020.3522@compuserve.com.<>

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