Lausanne Leader Doug Birdsall Departs After Organizing Most Diverse Meeting of Global Evangelicals Ever

Executive director of Cape Town 2010 movement will become president of American Bible Society in March.

Doug Birdsall, executive chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, announced today that he will leave the global evangelical missions movement next year to become president of the American Bible Society (ABS), beginning March 1. (Full text of announcement below.)

"Earlier this year in January and February, I began to have a sense that

God was loosening the soil around the roots of our lives," wrote Birdsall in an announcement. "It seemed like it might be a year or two early for a change. However, I have always thought I would rather leave a year or two too early than to stay a year or two too long. I have always wanted to respond to God's leading and to make moves only when they were by divine appointment."

Birdsall resigned as president of Asian Access in 2007 in order to focus on his Lausanne role. He spent 28 years with Asian Access, serving since 1991 as its president.

The ABS announced Birdsall's appointment as its 27th president here.

CT reported how the Third Lausanne ...

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