The Lausanne Movement's global executive director Michael Oh has announced their fourth major congress will be celebrated in Seoul. In September 2024, the event will gather thousands of Christian leaders from all countries. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] The Seoul 2024 congress is an expression of the Lausanne Movement’s commitment to accelerating global mission and will mark the 50th anniversary of the Movement. “The global church is at a critical point in needing to consider both its unity and witness in the world as we seek to achieve the vision of seeing the Gospel reach every person … in every sphere of society,” Oh said during his announcement to leaders from across Asia who met together at the Incheon campus of Onnuri Community Church. The Lausanne Movement began with a first congress on world evangelization in 1974 in Lausanne (Switzerland). Originally known as the First International Congress on World Evangelization, the theme for the 1974 gathering was “Let The Earth Hear His Voice.” Those who attended the first international Congress included well-known leaders such as John Stott, theologian and author of the best-seller book, Basic Christianity. The movement later organized three other major congresses: Manila 1989 and Cape Town 2010. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] That Congress helped Western churches rebalance their emphasis and commitment to greater social responsibility alongside evangelistic efforts. It was also there that the Lausanne Covenant, which affirms the Nicene Creed and is widely regarded as one of the most important documents of the evangelical Church today, was written and adopted by the over 2,700 evangelical leaders in attendance. Many other gatherings, initiatives, and contributions have been put forth by this evangelical movement over the past five decades, including regional congresses, younger leaders gatherings, and conferences on specific issues such as mission in the workplace. “Seoul 2024 will be a celebration of the gospel and our loving, forgiving, and gracious God who has invited us to join his mission in the world”, the organization said in a press release. “We believe that this will be a pivotal moment in Christian history” which hopes to have a deep impact on the church in Asia and beyond. Thousands of “men and women from across the body of Christ, serving God’s mission in multiple contexts” will be invited to travel to South Korea. According to the Lausanne Movement, the global church is “at a critical point”, in which “both its unity and witness in the world” has to be considered “as we seek to achieve the vision of seeing the gospel reach every person, disciple-making churches for every people and place, Christ-like leaders in every church and sector, and kingdom impact in every sphere of society”. “Through the process of listening and convening, we will call the church to collaborative action for the sake of the kingdom of God”. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] Michael Oh concluded, “We simply want to be faithful in how we are called to live in and love the world in our generation”. “Our prayer is that the world would look beautifully different in the years and generations ahead because of Seoul 2024”.