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Collection 046 Records of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

Identifier: CN-046

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, minutes, memos, reports, manuscripts of speeches, press releases, newsletters, staff manuals, audio and video tapes of sponsored events, photographs of events and personnel, and other administrative materials.  The Committee grew out of the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization.  Its basic doctrinal statement was the Lausanne Covenant and it had the mission "to encourage and stimulate the involvement of churches, denominations, ministries, networks and individuals in the cause of world evangelization."  It was predominantly an Evangelical Protestant movement and operated through a small staff, a variety of commissions and periodic meetings on a regional and global level.  Recorded in the documents are the early planning for the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization (ICOWE), the creation of the Lausanne Continuation Committee in 1974 that established as the Lausanne Committee (LCWE) in 1976, especially the large and small international congresses and consultations sponsored by the Committee that followed (such as the 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization and 1989 Lausanne II Congress in Manila, Philippines).  The collection reflects the leadership provided by LCWE executive officers and committees.

Topics covered include evangelistic work and missions in relation to the Catholic Church, communism, the ecumenical movement, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, the Orthodox Church, tribal religions, various ethnic and cultural groupings; also interdenominational cooperation and various theological issues. Predominantly featured are Saphir Athyal, Arthur John Dain, Leighton Ford, Donald Hoke, David Howard, Carl Johannson, Gottfried Osei-Mensah, and Ron Sider, although the collection is an intersection for numerous Evangelical figures, institutions and gatherings on an international scale, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association beginning and World Evangelical Fellowship.


  • Created: 1949, 1969-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Several files restricted without the written permission of the Lausanne Committee chairman. See Other URL for more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

International evangelical organization; founded in 1974 as the Lausanne Continuation Committee and 1976 as the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE); developed following a series of events: meeting to plan follow-up to 1966 World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin, the International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974, and formation of the interim Lausanne Continuation Committee; functioned as catalyst, information clearing house, network, and motivational source for world evangelization; LCWE functioned from the location of its officers: Chairman Leighton Ford in Charlotte (1974-1992), and Executive Secretary Osei-Mensah in Nairobi and later London (1974-1984), Thomas Wang in Singapore and later Pasadena and Manila (1987-1989), Executive and International Directors, Treasurer Donald Hoke, A.J. Dain, and others; communication tools included WORLD EVANGELIZATION INFORMATION BULLETIN and Lausanne Occasional Papers; included four working groups: Intercession (prayer), Theology, Strategy, and Communications; convened a working consultation in 1980 in Thailand to evaluate progress in world evangelization since ICOWE and develop strategies, with particular emphasis on specific groups of people; particular emphasis placed on cooperation and a strong biblical foundation for worldwide witness; convened second International Congress in Manila in 1989; convened Forum on World Evangelization in 2004 in Pattaya, Thailand; convened Third International Congress in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Arrangement Note

Organized into 9 series:

I. LCWE Chairman.

II. LCWE Chief Executive Officer.

III. LCWE Treasurer.

IV. LCWE Executive Assistant & COWE Operations Director.

V. Senior Associates.

VI. Congresses and Consultations.

VII. Miscellaneous Records.

VIII. Audio Recordings.

IX. Moving Images (film and video tapes).

X. Still Images (photographs, slides)
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Repository Details

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