For three days during the summer of 2023 (July 5 – 8), Guyana was the host to one of the most significant Christian conferences to be held in the region: the Lausanne Caribbean Regional Missions Conference.
Within the global context of the state of the Great Commission, specific insights were given with respect to the Caribbean and each plenary/workshop addressed issues we face as a region - mental health, leadership, diaspora, care of the environment and understanding how cross-generational relationships impact our effectiveness in addressing these issues.
One BGU graduate who participated in the Conference wrote:
Coming out of Dr. Morgan’s Presentation, sharper understanding of who/what the ekklesia is as referenced in Matthew 16, being a more comprehensive and inclusive term than was interpreted by the early church, was monumental for me. Whereas the word ekklesia is used largely to refer to the people who comprise the New Testament church, its broader meaning is any assembly of people. In his address to the Sanhedrin, Stephen calls the people of Israel “the assembly [ekklesia] in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38). And in Acts 19:39, ekklesia refers to a convening of citizens to discuss legal matters. For me, the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world is key if we interpret the meaning of ekklesia in its broader context, not just the worshiping community. Kingdom impact in every sphere of society. In so far as the Expositions go, the highlight was a simple thought arising from 1 Peter1, with respect to ‘Being’ and ‘Doing’ – we celebrate the fact that we are doers but consider for a moment the example of Jesus’ life; he spent 30 years understanding what it was to BE the son of God, and 3 years DOING God’s mission in the earth.
Please take the opportunity to engage in conversation and collaborative work around the material provided below from the conference. To do so would be key to expanding the content's reach, making the conference more than just an event and more of a stimulus to creating kingdom impact in whatever sphere of influence BGU graduates operate.
Below is the programme booklet which provides an outline of what transpired, as well as a profile of each presenter and abstracts on each presentation. Access to main presentations is also provided.
Programme Booklet LINK
Access to Plenaries:
Access to Expositions on 1 Peter1&2:
Any opportunity provided for persons to engage in conversation and collaborative work would be key to expanding this content's reach, making the conference more than just an event and more a stimulus to creating kingdom impact in whatever sphere of influence our graduates operate.
You can read HERE Dr. Joy Maria Wilson's blog who represented BGU Alumni at the event.