Ed Stetzer currently serves as dean of Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and as the North America regional director for the Lausanne Movement. He formerly served as a professor and dean at Wheaton College in addition to his role as executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; and written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He previously served as executive director of LifeWay Research and vice president of the LifeWay Insights division. He holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates, a D.Min. from Samford University and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In the midst of a major shift in the culture at-large, how can Christians continue to engage God’s global mission? Join Ed Stetzer and Walter Kim as they reflect on the past several years of evangelicalism in the United States and how it relates to God’s mission to reconcile the world to himself.
In Today’s Conversation podcast, you’ll also hear Ed and Walter discuss:
- How moments of cultural upheaval have also been times of spiritual revival;
- Why the workplace is key to God’s global mission today;
- What posture Christians in the West should have when engaging Christians around the world; and
- How American evangelicals can connect with the 2024 Lausanne gathering in Seoul.
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Walter: Something else that I understand about Lausanne is that it’s multi-vocational. In other words, it’s not just about how to equip pastors, but business leaders, those in medicine, technology or education. Describe why that is such an important feature.
Ed: I think the “clergification” of God’s global mission has been noticed and unhelpful, and so how do we “de-clergify” that? If we’re going to see the name and fame of Jesus more widely known in all sectors and aspects of society, it’s going to be in the workplace. I used to hold the Billy Graham chair at Wheaton for seven years, so everyone quoted Billy Graham … He said the most important thing we need to focus on, and one of things I’ve heard multiple times, is the 9 to 5 window. Billy Graham said this is the most important thing for what’s next.
… 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one has received a special gift. Use it to serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Each one includes “everybody” in Greek, and so I think for everyone to use their gifts means that we’ve got to unleash the people of God to God’s global mission. I think most people would agree that we’ve got to unleash the people of God, and they should reach their neighbors, be good employees for God’s glory and their vocation matters, but I think what is unique to the Lausanne conversation is we’ve got to unleash the people of God to God’s global mission.
So now it is and remains them living on mission in their workplace, their neighborhood and their family and their friends. But also, too, what does it look like to intentionally engage God’s global mission? … It’s gonna be an important conversation to sit around the table with not just a pastor or in my case a missiologist, or in your case, a scholar and leader at the NAE. We’re going to be sitting around the table with somebody who’s working in IT, or somebody who’s driving a truck, and loves God’s global mission and is asking questions about how to be engaged and involved. I think that’s a good, mature conversation. I’m excited about it.
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- Learn more about the Lausanne Movement.
- Listen to our podcast with Michael Oh on Collaboration for the Great Commission.
- Watch Ed Stetzer’s session, Beyond Our Cultural Convulsion, from the Flourish conference.
- Read “3 Trends Shaping the Post-Pandemic Church,” an article by Ed Stetzer in Outreach.
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