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Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

The CWME offers spaces for sharing reflections, experiences, questions and discoveries on content and methods of Christian witness today.
Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

Prayer service at the pre-assembly event of the Commission on World Mission on Evangelism, Manila, 2012.

The contemporary missionary movement has been one of the major streams fostering ecumenism ever since the world mission conference in Edinburgh in 1910. When the International Missionary Council (IMC), one of the outcomes of Edinburgh, merged with the World Council of Churches in 1961, the programmatic work and responsibility of the IMC became entrusted to the WCC.

A three-fold structure was created within WCC as a consequence of the merger:

In the CWME conferences, the WCC is already experiencing a form of 'wider ecumenism' with the full participation of delegates from the Roman Catholic Church, and evangelical or Pentecostal churches or mission movements.

The CWME commission is composed of some 25 members, also coming from WCC member churches,  mission bodies affiliated to the CWME conference and representatives of the 'wider ecumenism'. Roman Catholics, evangelicals and Pentecostals are full members of the CWME commission and participate in all its activities.

Methods

The Commission intends to offer spaces to churches and people or movements engaged in mission and evangelism for sharing reflections, experiences, questions and discoveries on content and methods of Christian witness today. The main concern is to empower churches and mission bodies to be in common mission and to do it in Christ's way, i.e. linking the methods used with the content of the gospel.

CWME fosters conferences, consultations, study processes, publications and visits, correspondence or other forms of contacts.

Current study themes

  • the relation between mission and unity, or between the church and mission (in cooperation with the Faith and Order Commission)
  • the theology of evangelism in a world of religious plurality. This involves a new reflection on the significance of evangelism and on  methods of sharing the gospel. CWME has participated together with other programmes of the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church, the World Evangelical Alliance and Pentecostals in the development of recommendations for conduct regarding Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World
  • the search for a spirituality of mission as healing and transformation
  • the reflection on Christian identity in a world of religious plurality (also in cooperation with other programmes of the WCC)

Related Events

Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018

Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018

05 - 13 March 2018 Arusha, Tanzania

The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) 2018 is a global ecumenical short-term study and exposure programme in accompaniment of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism.

Conference on World Mission and Evangelism

Conference on World Mission and Evangelism

08 - 13 March 2018 Arusha, Tanzania

Conference on World Mission and Evangelism is the long tradition of the International Mission Council and the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), organized every decade.

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