Kirsteen Kim – Unlocking Theological Resource Sharing Between North and South

Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Kirsteen Kim deals in this Lausanne article with what I consider to be one of the tragedies of present day evangelicalism: the Western financial and institutional domination of evangelicalism, in the context of a growing evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic dynamic moving rapidly East and South.
The author suggests a number of well meaning possible solutions for ‘unlocking resource sharing’ in this context. However, I am afraid that, like in the Lausanne movement itself, unless something radical and prophetic happens, the ‘golden rule’ (meaning, ‘who has the gold, makes the rules’ ) will continue to dominate the North-South dynamic. And, for the moment, this dynamic seems to be governed more by the capitalist free market mechanism than by the principles of the Kingdom of God).
From this point of view, I am more hopeful in what secular institutions are trying to do (like the current European Union discussion that access should be TOTALLY FREE for ALL scholarly journals), than in the willingness of Christians to think and act outside of the capitalist box.
I am very curious what others think about this.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

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key dilemma faced by theological educators is that, whereas most students are in the South, many of the resources are in the North.

  • Although, throughout the North, the overwhelming majority of church leaders have theological education, sometimes to doctoral level, overall enrolment in theological education is declining, including in evangelical schools.
  • In the South, many churches are led by people without the benefit of theological education and without access to it. However, although concrete data on theological education in the South is lacking, regional theological associations report rapid growth. Moreover, some faculty at institutions in the South now have higher levels of faculty qualifications to enable them to offer doctoral degrees.

Despite the shifting picture, the absolute majority of teaching staff, scholarship funds, theological libraries and publications are still located in the North. Furthermore, the decline of theological education in the North, together with the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, has restricted the already-limited funds available from the North for theological education in the South.

Despite the financial constraints, there is much that can be done to address the current imbalance in theological education between North and South. I shall give some practical examples and suggestions of resource sharing below. However, in order for this to happen, we need the kind of theological education that encourages such sharing.

One of the reasons for the inadequate resource sharing is that theological education—both in the North and the South—is dominated by models developed to serve the institutional church of a largely homogenous community in a particular locality.

Along with the development of missional church, we need missional theological education. Becoming missional is not just a matter of adding in optional courses in ‘missiology’ or ‘global Christianity’; it requires a paradigm shift in the way the entire theological curriculum is taught. This change is happening:

  • Biblical studies is recognizing the cultural and regional diversity of the early church.
  • Systematic theology is taking account of the systems of thought in Asia, Africa, and indigenous peoples.
  • Church history is becoming integrated with mission history, and recognizing the polycentric nature of Christian movements.
  • Practical theology is focusing not only on local but also on global questions and on their interconnectedness.

When we learn through our theological education to value the whole church—diverse, multicultural, global, and interdependent—we will realize the importance of resource sharing. The Lausanne Movement can be a catalyst to speed up change, which needs to take place in the accrediting agencies as well as the institutions for theological education.

(Read HERE the entire article, to find the solutions suggested by the author to this serious problem.)




Dewi Hughes – A Tribute to a Great Man of God

Dewi Arwel Hughes

I just found out that my dear friend Dewi Arwel Hughes went to bee with the Lord. May he rest in peace with the saints!

I met Dewi for the first time in February 2007, at Limuru, in Kenya, in the context of the Lausanne Movement, as we were both called to serve in the Lausanne Theology Working Group, under the leadership of Dr. Christ Wright.

Ruth Padilla, Dewi Hughes, Chris Wright, John Baxter-Brown,
Members of the Lausanne Theology Working Group

Dewi presented there a paper on ecclesiology and ethnicity, which, as I was going to find out, was one of his lifelong passions. My friend was not a nationalist. Far from it. Nevertheless, he was fully dedicated to the preservation and flourishing of the Welsh language. In 2010, when we met for the last time on this side of eternity, he had with him a young Welsh woman that he was mentoring in this area. I remember how impressed I was by the quality of her presentation during the congress, and how proud was Dewi of her. His interest in the theological implications resulted also in his book Castrating Culture: A Christian Perspective on Ethnic Identity from the Margins, published by Paternoster, in 2001. Continue reading “Dewi Hughes – A Tribute to a Great Man of God”

Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

Source: Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

This is an evangelical document thamt needs careful attention in the current wworld situation, and the relatine disentrest of churchees in world economics.

Orthodox and Evangelicals Engaged in Missional Dialogue – Communique of 2014 LOI Meeting


Relationships between Evangelicals and Orthodox engaged in mission have not always been positive, but the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative is working towards increased mutual understanding and a healing of wounds, in order to collaborate more effectively in God’s mission. Sixty senior church and mission leaders, ecumenists and theologians from many parts of the world came together for the initiative’s second consultation. Gathering from 15-19 September at the Orthodox monastery of St Vlash in Albania, and hosted by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios and the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, the consultation was chaired by Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Mrs Grace Mathews of the Lausanne Movement. Continue reading “Orthodox and Evangelicals Engaged in Missional Dialogue – Communique of 2014 LOI Meeting”

Darrell Jackson – Nationalism and Evangelical Mission: Issues for Evangelical Leaders

Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson

My friend Darrell Jackson has just published a very interesting article on the Lausanne Movement website, on nationalism, a theme of the greatest interest for me. Here is the entire article, for your evaluation.

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In 1861, the Rev James Adderley was a British Member of Parliament. His prayer for ‘national confession’ included the line, ‘We are truly sorry for all the past sins of this nation. We contemplate in deepest contrition the sins of which we are now guilty’.

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, recently attacked the state-funded broadcaster, ABC, for its coverage of allegations that Australia had been spying on the Indonesian Prime Minister. Abbot complained that the ABC ‘instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s . . . you should not leap to be critical of your own country’. Journalists were left wondering whether their primary loyalty was to accurate reporting of the truth or to the national interest.

The contrast could not be more apparent. Continue reading “Darrell Jackson – Nationalism and Evangelical Mission: Issues for Evangelical Leaders”

Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam

Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam

Accra, Ghana – 17 April 2014 – Forty scholars and practitioners from twenty countries, representing every continent, gathered 6-12 April in Accra, Ghana, for the Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam. The group included researchers, professors, broadcasters, church leaders, executives of NGOs, and strategic specialists and trainers, all with extensive experience of ministry in Islamic contexts, and several who had come to faith from Muslim backgrounds.

Chaired by John Azumah, Lausanne Senior Associate for Islam, and hosted by Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Lausanne International Deputy Director for English, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking Africa (EPSA), the consultation was intended to resource and equip the Majority World church in understanding Islam and engaging with Muslims. Continue reading “Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam”

Why Does the World Need A New Generation of Theologians?

Lausanne Movement

These days, (5-9 May, 2014), a Lausanne International Leadership meeting will take place at Institut Biblique et Missionnaire Emmaus (Switzerland). One of the evening sessions will feature a panel-like discussion touching on new Lausanne initiatives.

One of my friends in Lausanne, Bobby Ryu, was asked to prepare to respond to one of the questions and has asked a few of us to suggest what would we respond to it.

Here is the question, and, below, what would be my answer.

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“Bobby, you’re representing the Younger (or Emerging) Theologians Initiative, a new Initiative spearheaded by the Theology Working Group – a linking of emerging theologians with their more experienced counterparts in order to mentor and raise up a new generation of theologians for the Global Church.  My question for you is this: The world is moving towards action and application.  Even universities are abandoning courses and programs focused on thoughts and ideas.  So tell me, why does the world need a new generation of theologians?”
Continue reading “Why Does the World Need A New Generation of Theologians?”

Being Disciples of Truth in Europe Today

I have received recently, from Rev. Dr. Christopher Wright, International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership, the request to respond to a few questions as he prepares for a presentation at a coming Lausanne meeting. The general topic he will address is the one in the title of this post.

Since the questions are of general relevance for many of the readers of this blog, I have decided to post here my response to Chris Wright.

You are free to interact with my resp[onses, or the questions, if you are interested, whether you agree or disagree with me. So, here it is. Continue reading “Being Disciples of Truth in Europe Today”

Gina Bellofatto – The State of the World – Lausanne Global Leadership Forum

This presentation was given at the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India in June 2013. Learn more at

Chris Wright – Nature of the Church – Lausanne Global Leadership Forum

This presentation was given at the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India in June 2013. Learn more at

Lausanne Global Analysis – June 2013 Issue

The new issue of Lausanne Global Analysis (June 2013) is out. Here is the content of the current issue.


You may download HERE the entire issue.


Aparitie editoriala: Legamintul de la Cape Town

Legamantul de la Cape Town

Va anunt cu bucurie ca impreuna cu Vasi Croitor, si la initiativa sa, am reusit sa publicam traducerea in limba romana a textului documentului final al celui de al treilea congress al Miscarii Lausanne, care a abut loc in octombrie 2010 la Cape Town, in Africa de sud, unde am avut amindoi sansa de a participa, alaturi de alti credinciosi romani, evanghelici si ortodocsi.

Textul in limba engleza al acestui document a fost elaborat de o comisie condusa de Dr. Chris Wright. Textul a fost tradus in limba romana de Alexandru Nadaban si Veronica Oniga, dupa ce Paulian Petric a tradus o prima parte a textului.

Punem acest important document teologic la dispozitia credinciosilor evanghelici din Romania, in special a liderilor, a teologilor si a studentilor din institutele teologice, in speranta ca el va reusi sa nasca dezbteri de substanta cu privire la chemarea si planurile de viitor ale comunitatilor evanghelice din tara noastra.

Il las pe Vasi Croitor sa va comunoca cum anume puteti obtine exemplare din acest document, de la editura lui, Suceeed Publishing,  pe al carei site nu a fost anuntata inca aceasta aparitie editoriala..

Bibliographic Resources – Lausanne Movement

Bibliographic Resources – Lausanne Movement.

The Cape Town Commitment, which issued from The Third Lausanne Congress of World Evangelization, in Cape Town, South Africa (16-25 October 2010), is in two parts. It opens with The Cape Town Confession of Faith, compiled by a team of theologians drawn globally, in preparation for The Third Lausanne Congress; and it is completed by The Cape Town Call to Action, which reflects the voices of leaders from 198 nations, gathered together in Cape Town, to work to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church.

The following bibliography notes major sources relating to the Commitment’s six themes. The listing, drawn together by a team of specialists, will, we trust, be useful for those building curricula in colleges and seminaries around the world. It is shaped to serve:

  • courses on the text and context of The Cape Town Commitment
  • classes on being a global Christian; and
  • topical studies on areas of contemporary significance to mission.

The Third Lausanne Congress was based around six major themes: (i) Bearing witness to the truth of Christ in a pluralistic, globalized world; (ii) Building the peace of Christ in our divided and broken world; (iii) Living the love of Christ among people of other faiths; (iv) Discerning the will of Christ for world evangelization; (v) Calling the church of Christ back to humility, integrity and simplicity; (vi) Partnering in the body of Christ for unity in mission. Its program was developed as a result of unhurried consultation over a four-year period, with evangelical leaders on all continents. The Commitment is structured around these six themes.

Lausanne Movement – Cape Town 2011 Congress Documentary – long version

John Stott Memorial Video – Lausanne Congress Cape Town 2010

Honoring John Stott on His 90th Birthday

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Greetings in the name of our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I trust you enjoyed a glorious Easter celebration.

I am writing to you on April 27th.  Today is the 90th birthday of John Stott, the Honorary Chairman of The Lausanne Movement.  I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a happy birthday and in t hanking God for the model and impact of his remarkable like.  (You may post a birthday message to him online here.) Continue reading “Honoring John Stott on His 90th Birthday”

70 Christians arrested in Iran during Christmas still in prison

Farshid Fahti

Elam Ministries Announcement

In the early morning hours after Christmas day, the Iranian government arrested 25 Christians in Tehran and other locations. They also planned to detain sixteen others, but were unable to locate them. There are also unconfirmed reports that the authorities have arrested over 50 other Christians. According to BBC Persian, the Governor of Tehran has vowed to arrest more evangelical Christians.

One of those detained was able to make a call to friends from an unknown location on the morning of the arrests, leaving this message –

“Unfortunately early this morning the authorities came to our homes. They arrested us and many other believers. I want to ask you to pray for us.We are sure God will never leave us or forsake us. God bless you. Sorry for giving you bad news over Christmas, but I believe God will do something for us.” Continue reading “70 Christians arrested in Iran during Christmas still in prison”

Lausanne Theology Working Group Report

Report of the last meeting of the working group, in Lebanon

by Chris Wright and Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Lausanne Theology Working Group

In February 2010 the Lausanne Theology Working Group (LTWG) met in Beirut, Lebanon for its third and final pre-Cape Town 2010 consultation. The topic, “The Whole World” was the third in a series of consultations on the theological significance of the three phrases of the Lausanne Covenant, “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world”.  The first consultation was February 2008 in Chiang Mai on “The Whole Gospel”, and the second took place January 2009 in Panama on “The Whole Church”. Continue reading “Lausanne Theology Working Group Report”

Vizita la Limuru, Kenya IV – Membrii Comisiei teologice a Miscarii Lausanne

Am promis să vă spun câte ceva despre Grupul teologic de lucru al Mişcării Lausanne, care pregăteşte acum, din punct de vedere teologic, al treilea congres al mişcării, care va avea loc la Capetown, Africa de sud, în 2010. Dat fiind că nu am foarte mult timp acum, voi încerca să creionez mai jos doar trei portrete ale unor membri ai acestei comisii.

Continue reading “Vizita la Limuru, Kenya IV – Membrii Comisiei teologice a Miscarii Lausanne”