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Seoul Commitment

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In June of this year about a hundred church leaders from Mainland China joined their counterparts from around Asia and beyond for the Asian Church Leaders Forum, held in Seoul, Korea. In response to the conference's reaffirmation of the 2010 Cape Town Commitment the participants from China (many of whom had planned to attend the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town but were prevented from doing so) drafted their own commitment to engage as partners with the global church in world evangelization. Their statement is here reproduced in its entirety.






Seoul Commitment (China)

We commit ourselves to loving the gospel of Christ. We are determined to humbly learn the vision of evangelization of the Lausanne Movement, to walk in the light of the gospel, to proclaim the gospel in Chinese society, and to advance the evangelical movement.

We commit ourselves to maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are determined to receive one another, to strive for the unity exemplified in the Lausanne Movement and to live out a loving covenant community, so that we can bring praise to His glory as a spectacle to angels and men.

We commit ourselves to joining hands with the global church in world missions. We are determined to take the vision of world mission of the Lausanne Movement, to pray faithfully for world missions, and to take action in mission mobilization, mission education and missionary sending.

We commit ourselves to raising up younger leaders of the next generation. We are determined to respond to the challenges and opportunities of our era in the spirit of Lausanne Movement, pass the vision of evangelization onto the younger generation and proclaim the salvation message of the old rugged cross with creative methods.

Image credit: Seoul, by Clint Sharp, via Flickr

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