Small Groups Rule the Day
Day One of the Congress is winding up here in Cape Town and we are all EXHAUSTED but very happy to be here. We are meeting each other and having productive and strategic conversations among ourselves at every opportunity. In fact, most of the meetings here are small niche groups formed out of geographical and social interest.
If you only read the tweets, you might get the impression that the main speakers is what the Lausanne Congress is all about. NOT SO! They are important but they form just a small part of the whole and even the main speakers are participating during the week in these smaller groups.
Actually, the divide between speaker and participant is negligible, if it exists at all.
During the plenary sessions, we sit at tables of six and interact with each other.
My group includes people from Thailand, Rwanda, Ireland, India and USA. Cindy Judge [pictured] is the missions pastor at Wheaton Bible Church, which has 100 missionaries on the field.
I heard today that about 26 percent of the participants are pastors.