The Lausanne Movement, 1974

Lausanne Faith and Order WCC
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The Lausanne Covenant was drawn up in 1974 as an agreed faith statement for Evangelical Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, participating in the First International Congress in Lausanne. Rev. Billy Graham headed a committee that invoked the Congress, which eventually gave way to the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. The purpose of the Lausanne Covenant was to establish a common faith declaration for Evangelicals to facilitate the efforts of worldwide Evangelism. More than 2,300 representatives from 150 countries agreed to the Covenant. Since its founding in 1974, the Lausanne Movement has held global conferences in 1989 (Manila Manifesto) and 2010 (Cape Town Commitment), as well as many regional meetings and youth gatherings.