Overseas Council is privileged to have a significant voice in a major conference in Brazil this week. Sixty-five key decision makers from all over the world are participating in the Lausanne Consultation on Global Theological Education in São Paulo. Five of our staff, including our President Dr. David Baer and four Regional Directors, are playing key roles in these discussions.
The Lausanne Movement started with evangelist Dr. Billy Graham. Celebrating their 40th anniversary alongside Overseas Council, Lausanne’s mission is Calling the Whole Church to take the Whole Gospel to the Whole World. Consultations like the one this week pull together key church and missions leaders to look at specific concerns for the mission of the Church. Together they come to a deeper understanding of the issue and develop action steps to change the future of that issue, in this case theological education, around the world.
The key issues addressed this week are
1. Successful Missional Biblical Partnerships – how can seminaries in different parts of the world with their unique challenges and resources assist one another in the global task of theological education
2. Contextualization in Theological Education – how does a seminary address the unique needs of the Church and community in its context?
3. Global and Missional Sustainability in Theological Education – how does a seminary fulfill its mission and provide for an effective educational program in a way that is sustainable now and in the future?
4. Formal and Non-formal Training – how can the formal and non-formal approaches to Christian leadership development work together to both equip the Church with thought leadership and equip multitudes of pastors who are needed?
Overseas Council is represented this week by President Dr. David Baer and four Regional Directors: Dr. John Jusu, Dr. Ashish Chrispal, Dr. Marvin Oxenham and Dr. Abraham Najjar*. David co-led the planning of the program, while John, Ashish and Abraham are presenting sessions.
*Name has been changed for security purposes.