In May 2005 over 550 leaders from 55 nations met in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a leadership forum called Transform World. The gathering climaxed as 100,000 believers filled the National Stadium for a four hour prayer meeting. This final event was connected simultaneously to 56 other sites with one million participants.
In less than three years the Transform World movement has spread to five continents with national gatherings in places like India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Burundi, Africa, and across Latin America. Momentum continues to grow as new events are planned in nations around the globe.
In the United States leaders of ethnic communities met over a 4th of July holiday in Washington, D.C. Several expressed gratitude for the role the United States played in bringing the gospel to their nations. They felt indebted to the U.S. Their goal in D.C. was to revisit our spiritual heritage and explore their roles as catalysts in the process. They were passionate for the United States to rediscover and fulfill her spiritual destiny. Transform World has served each of these gatherings.
This movement was a result of the World Inquiry. In collaboration with Lausanne and the 2004 World Evangelization Issues Forum and co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, a three year research project visited 100 global cities and met with leaders from 600 cities. The World Inquiry was looking for expressions of the mission of God.
The World Inquiry discovered that servant catalysts were experiencing new and dynamic ways in which God was impacting their areas of influence. The report described these expressions as emerging streams of transformation. In several cases the results were so significant that a call was issued for a global forum. The response to this call was the first Transform World event in Jakarta, Indonesia, in May 2005.
Mission as transformation has emerged as a new paradigm at the beginning of the twenty-first Century. We are living in a fallen, deformed world needing to be transformed. Individuals are being called to be conformed to the image of Christ. Churches are being challenged to be renewed and reformed to align with God's greater purposes. Cities and nations are being transformed.
We believe God is on a mission of Transformation. We affirm the global nature of the transformation movement and want to take practical steps to work together as the Body of Christ toward the transformation of our new generation and our world.