Asia 2020 is organized by a Steering Committee
consisting of Asian Christian leaders closely associated with World
Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne movement, and is officially
co-sponsored by Asia Evangelical Alliance,
Asia Lausanne and Asia Theological Association. Other
endorsing partners whose Asian leaders are involved include CCCOWE, Asian
Access, and other organizations serving in the Asian context.
Asia 2020 is part of a broader agenda involving
evangelical Christians in the Majority World (MW), consisting of Africa,
Asia, Latin America and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Plans are now
being put in place for a major conference for 2023, tentatively called the
'Majority World Christian Leaders....
Conversation' (MWCLC). Given the reality that the
center gravity of Christianity has moved out of the west into the MW where
almost two-thirds of global Christians are now found, the churches in the MW
have the responsibility to think and pray through what this must mean their
life and mission today.
The focus of the MWCLC Consultation will be on our
essential beliefs and the foundations of our theology and missiology, and
how these impact our spirituality, ecclesiology and mission initiatives. The
a. To help believers in the MW to develop a clear
Christian identity within their own cultural and historical contexts, and
thereby empower them to build the church and advance Christ’s mission in
their respective localities.
b. To build up the churches in the MW so that there
can be genuine and mature partnerships between them and the churches in the
In preparation for the larger 2023 conference, Africa,
Asia, Latin America and MENA will each hold a regional meeting in 2020/2021
to lead up to it.
The Lausanne Movement is planning the World Congress
IV in Seoul 2024. Asia 2020 will also prepare the Asian church for the next
Lausanne Congress to provide a wealth of spiritual and missional insights
for this historic event.
We Invite Senior Leaders Around the World.
John 15:9-17, taken from Jesus’ Farewell Discourse to his
disciples. Included in this passage are the following major themes.
There exists a whole variety of church organizations today:
traditional denominations, megachurches, house/underground
churches and independent churches. If we are not careful, the
Asian church will splinter into myriads of different groups
without any sense of unity and accountability to each other. The
result would be, as in the days of Judges, “everyone does what
is right in his own eyes,” without accountability to the larger
regional and national bodies. How can we take up Paul’s
challenge “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
peace” rooted in the “one body, one Spirit … one hope …one Lord,
one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:3-6).
This plenary will address the following questions:
Speaker: Dr. Yoshiyuki "Billy" Nishioka (Japan)
Over the past hundred years the Gospel has reached hundreds of
millions in Asia. But the heartlands of the more established
religions, especially Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Shintoism,
have been much more difficult to penetrate. One of the key
challenges for Christianity in Asia is the perception that it is
a “white-man’s” religion with ways of thinking and action,
church structures, worship, and ways of doing church and mission
largely alien to Asia’s cultures and ways of life. Some keys
issues that we need addressing:
Speaker: Dr. Calvin Ma (Hong Kong/Australia)
As a follow up from the plenary session on structures and
accountability in the Asian church, this seminar explores
practical models of ministry which are biblical yet contextual
in terms of leadership and accountability. Are pastors to be
charismatic CEOs of churches or servants of Christ attending to
the spiritual needs of the church community? Are church leaders
recognized as “holy men/women” (in the cultural sense of the
term) or merely as organizational leaders and managers of
religious groups? How can the church put into practice the idea
that the fundamental paradigm for ministry in the New Testament
is the call to servanthood and not necessarily to leadership?
Speaker: Bishop Efraim Tendero (Philippines)
The focus is on intra-Asian partnerships. What good partnership models
are there between the different churches in Asia, between the older and
more established and the younger and more vibrant, between those with
more resources and those with less, etc.? How can we avoid paternalism
on the one hand and the dependency syndrome on the other? How can we
foster equal partnership which will help to produce mature indigenous
churches which are self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing and
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Greetings in the name of our Lord! We live in unprecedent
times with turmoil in our region under a sovereign God on the move. We look to
the example of our Savior Jesus Christ as a healing suffering servant to the
Asia has around 4.4 billion people with 7.2% Christian.
While we celebrate the growth of the Asian church and yet we understand the
tremendous task ahead with a world in need of the gospel with over 5.2 billion
to reach with 4 billion in Asia!
The Congress has come at an opportune time in history
connecting Christian leaders together with the purpose of seeing a church and
mission movement from our unique Asian context. While COVID has postponed and
changed our original plans for the Asia 2020 Congress, we believe this is that
under God’s providence as his ways are far higher than ours.
Our Asia 2020 Congress webinars, Asia 2021 Plenary, and
Asia 2022 Conference are preparing us towards a Majority World Conference in
2023 and a Lausanne Congress IV in 2024 in Seoul. God willing, I look forward to
meeting each of you in person.
May the gracious love of our Savior be with all of you.
Chair of Asia 2020 Congress