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Conference on World Mission and Evangelism

The Conference on World Mission and Evangelism will take place from 8-13 March 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania, under the theme “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship”.


The Conference is in the tradition of the International Mission Council and the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). Mission Conferences are held roughly every decade.

The conference will understand mission as multivalent. That includes joyful witness to the person of Jesus Christ and his gospel; commitment to working for justice and reconciliation among all peoples; and participation in interfaith, secular, and ecumenical dialogue that seeks mutual understanding and common witness. It will celebrate the unity of all peoples as it marvels at their God-given diversity. It will reflect on issues of missionary practice and seek new ways of being faithful to God’s mission with the leading of the Spirit.

It is an ecumenical conference so those attending will be an active representation of mainline Protestant, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, and African Instituted churches. Efforts will be made to engage delegates in an open, loving, and honest dialogue. As the Conference is in Africa for the first time since 1958, the spirit of African rhythms, music, and art will pervade.

The conference will seek to attend to the signs of the times that particularly affect African peoples and lands. It will promote the contribution of the African context to current understandings of mission, and to shaping mission theology and future practice.

Dates: 8-13 March 2018

Venue: Ngurdotu Mountain Lodge & Conference Centre, Arusha, Tanzania


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