12 March 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: Missional Formation Plenary. From 8-13 March 2018, the World Council of Churches organizes the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference is themed "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship", and is part of a long tradition of similar conferences, organized every decade.


Meeting online, commissioners discussed the need to build a community of practice. They began getting to know one another, and became familiar with some of the key themes in ecumenical missiology.  The motif of transforming discipleship has given the new commission a framework for understanding the work the previous commissions have achieved, and has given an opening for new commissioners to share the inspiration it gives them and to imagine shaping and deepening the work going forward.   

WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism moderator Rev. Michael Blair said he is deeply grateful for the gifts, passion, and lived history of the members.

Our coming together will continue to deepen the understanding of ‘Together Towards Life;’ contribute to the Pilgrimage of Justice, Unity, and Reconciliation; and offer new insights for the transformation of the ecumenical movement,” he said. The commission is planning to meet in-person sometime in 2024, but in the meantime is experimenting with a variety of ways of meeting online.”

In the next few weeks, vice-moderators and a planning group will be appointed, so that work can begin to structure meeting dates and working methods in 2024 and beyond. “There is already a passionate and committed spirit to the new commission, stirred by the agenda before us and the relationships we are creating,” said Blair.

Commission on World Mission and Evangelism