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Don Sweeting to Speak at Lausanne Movement Consultation in Brazil
Contact: Lyn Perez, Reformed Theological Seminary, 407-366-9493

ORLANDO, June 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reformed Theological Seminary's Orlando campus president, Dr. Don Sweeting (photo), will be participating and presenting a plenary address in The Lausanne Movement's Consultation on Global Theological Education.

Taking place at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil, from June 2 to June 6, 2014, the consultation will feature about 100 key decision makers and theological educators from all over the world.   

This is the second gathering of evangelical seminary presidents from around the world, as an outcome of the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town in 2010.

The 21st century is filled with immense challenges and amazing opportunities for Christian mission.  The Lausanne Movement has called for a renewed effort by the global church to navigate these waters as we spread the gospel in our time.  Specifically, it has called for new global partnerships in theological education.

Delegates participating in the consultation, two-thirds of which are from the Global South and East, will focus on four key themes:  Successful Missional Biblical Partnerships; Contextualization in Theological Education; Global and Missional Sustainability in Theological Education; and Formal and Non-formal Training.

The overarching theme of the consultation is "Towards Missional Biblical Partnership in Global Theological Education."  This will allow key decision makers in the church to move from discussion of the various themes to the practical implications for ministry in the global arena.

Sweeting has called the 21st century, "the partnership century" in terms of missions history.  If the 18th and 19th centuries were the great sending centuries, and the 20th century was the great sharing century, the 21st century will be the great partnership century because so many of the missionary seeds planted in previous centuries have grown up and are bearing fruit all over the world.  We now have many new global partners for the "Great Commission." 

Anticipating fellowship with Christian leaders from around the world, Sweeting said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships and to learn from one another in order to get a global perspective on training Christian leaders." 
To find out more information about the gathering, visit The Lausanne Movement website.

Reformed Theological Seminary was founded in 1966 and is one of the largest seminaries in the country with campuses in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Jackson, Memphis, Orlando and Washington D.C., in addition to RTS Global Education (US & International) that offers online degrees and classes.