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August 14, 2007

Stott's Lasting Legacy

Last month John Stott concluded his public ministry with an address at the Keswick Convention in England. For over a half-century Stott has been the leading evangelical in Great Britain with an enormous influence worldwide as well through his speaking and writing. At age 86 his fragile health has made him reluctantly conclude that it is time for him to move to the next stage. But I was not surprised to read that "Dr. Stott's frailty vanished as he started to preach for the final time publicly." That was my own impression when I was with him and heard him speak a couple of years ago. The vigor and solidness he has always been known for suddenly emerged from his weakened frame when he began to preach.

Of course Stott's many books will continue to have a wide impact; thousands are read every year in dozens of languages. But I wonder if the widest and longest impact might come from a source fewer know about.

For decades Stott has been pouring himself into the next generation of leaders in the Majority World. This work has been formalized in the Langham Partnership International (known as John Stott Ministries in the United States). As a result, thousands of pastors around the world have received books and commentaries they would otherwise not have been able to afford, and hundreds have received training and scholarships for advanced study. It is no coincidence, I think, that we have during these same recent decades seen the church explode in Latin America, Africa and Asia, a church that will be leading worldwide Christianity in the coming century. Thanks to Stott's vision, that church will have many leaders who are deeply rooted in Scripture.

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