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Mission Rediscovered: Transforming Disciples

A Commentary on the Arusha Call to Discipleship
Kenneth R. Ross

This book offers a commentary on the Arusha Call to Discipleship, unpacking the meaning of its 12-part summons. It provides an up-to-date theological and missiological view on a major ecumenical mission document with a personal reflection on the state of the world desperately in need of change and transformation. It intends to be a key resource for discovering what it means to become what Pope Francis described as "missionary disciples". Primarily meant for individuals and study groups in churches, mission agencies and theological institutions, it is a useful tool for anyone interested in the ecumenical mission movement and World Christianity.

Responding to the Arusha Call - Mission Rediscovered: Transforming Disciples will debut during webinar

A book by Ken Ross, Mission Rediscovered: Transforming Disciples, will be released during a webinar on 2 December 2020. A commentary on the Arusha Call to Discipleship, the publication unpacks the meaning of the 12-part summons of the Arusha Call. With an up-to-date theological and missiological view on the Arusha Call, the book also offers a personal reflection on the state of a world desperately in need of change and transformation.

WCC mourns passing of Prof. Vuyani Vellem

With great sadness, the World Council of Churches (WCC) received news of the demise of Prof. Vuyani Vellem on 4 December. A member of the WCC’s Commission on Ecumenical Education and Formation, Vellem was director of the Centre for Public Theology and associate professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as deputy secretary of the South Africa Council of Churches.

3rd Explorations in Evangelism meeting: "Evangelism and the legacies of colonization and enslavement"

23 - 28 June 2019

The Explorations in Evangelism is a process of regional meetings co-organized between the Evangelism Programme of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Council for World Mission. The primary objective of the project is to explore the work on evangelism at the grassroots level, in different contexts. In this process, major emphasis is placed on creating spaces, through exposure visits, for personal encounters with local communities, getting a firsthand taste of what constitutes evangelism work in various local contexts.

Toronto, Canada

North American churches embrace Arusha Call

In a joint message, the heads of four North American churches - Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church of Canada, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - commended the richness of the Arusha Call to Discipleship and invited their members to embrace the call.

Mission as “the gearbox” bringing energy, action

As the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism closed its 16-22 May meeting in Helsinki, Finland, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected that mission is the “gearbox” that brings energy to the ecumenical movement that results in action.

How will the Arusha Call change the world?

The Arusha Call to Discipleship is at once exhilarating, transformative and challenging to the point of discomfort for some, reflected leaders of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) during a 20 May press conference and book launch in Helsinki, Finland.

WCC reflects on way forward for mission, evangelism

As a meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism convened in Helsinki, Finland on 16-22 May, leaders reflected on the way forward for the ecumenical movement after the commission’s Arusha conference in March.
In opening remarks, Dr Agnes Aboum, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, reflected on what she described on as “landmark” conference in Arusha, which drew together more than 1,000 people and resulted in an Arusha Call to Discipleship.

Arusha Report

Report and other resources of the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018.

“Come and See” text exemplifies ‘a new way of working’

“Come and See - A Theological invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a text newly published by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Commission, draws from different traditions in order to make the case for common witness. The document was presented and launched at the meeting with the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). The CWME Commission gather in Helsinki, Finland 16-22 May, 2019 to evaluate and reflect on the Conference of World Mission and Evangelism that took place in Arusha (Tanzania) and its future work.