On 24 March, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism pre-assembly event invoked renewed thinking and commitment on evangelism, disassociated from the forces of oppression, and grounded in humility and respect for all.
Written by Maurice Malanes
Some 300 church leaders from various parts worldwide will be gathering in Manila from 22 to 27 March for a pre-assembly of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.
The third Congress of the Lausanne Movement has been meeting in Cape Town, South Africa since the beginning of this week. Delegates from 200 countries have been discussing evangelism in diverse contexts, styles and cultures. The theme of the event is “God in Christ reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Christian mission is about sharing both the Gospel and material goods, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has said preaching in Edinburgh on Sunday, 6 June.
“This eucharist service [in which] we are sharing together the gifts of God” reminds us that “the highest wisdom in life is to share”, Tveit told the congregation at Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral, of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The need to keep together evangelism and the quest for social justice was highlighted by a representative of an ecumenical mission body speaking at an international church conference in Edinburgh on 3 June.
Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, voiced a “growing concern that the prophetic voice [of the church] has been gradually diminishing in ecumenical circles including the World Council of Churches (WCC)”. Coorilos is the moderator of the WCC's Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.
Written by ANiSA Associate
As Christians what do we understand as evangelism? What’s the message that we give through evangelism? How do we give that message?