Leaders from around the world were in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2008 for a Cape Town 2010 (CT2010) planning meeting. The October 2010 Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization will draw four thousand participants from two hundred nations to Cape Town, with many more thousands participating virtually.
At a news conference on 14 October with Cape Town media, Doug Birdsall, executive chair of the Lausanne said, “We have seen seismic change since our last congress, and we need to engage new realities, such as the digital world, a post-9/11 world, and growing religious fundamentalism. Today’s realities call for a renewed, deep confidence in God and in scripture so that we can boldly share Christ in word and deed.”
Lindsay Brown, international director of Lausanne, added that “the congress will be global in scope and African in feel. The Church across Africa will be our host, and we are honoured that Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi (Uganda) is chair of the host committee.”
CT2010 is being held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance. The congress programme will focus on six major themes, including the supremacy of Christ, reconciliation, and the challenges facing the Church in society.
Onsite participants will be selected through a national and regional recommendation process. The number of participants from each country will be in proportion to the size of the evangelical Church in that country.
CT2010 will be the third congress hosted by Lausanne. Previous congresses were held in Lausanne, Switzerland (1974) and Manila, Philippines (1989).