Top evangelical leaders across North America are joining a special service Monday in Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of North America's first ordained missionaries. The event also marked the official debut of Missio Nexus, which will be the largest evangelical mission network in North America following the historic merger of CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange.
The Missions Bicentennial service and celebration is taking place at Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem, Mass., the location where on February 6, 1812, the first missionaries being sent from a North American mission agency were commissioned.
The ordaining of Adoniram Judson and four other missionaries for overseas service represented the beginning of a new era in history when America joined the global mission movement. After their ordination in Salem, Judson, along his wife Ann and other missionaries, set sail in February 1812 to bring Christianity to India. more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance will hold an Egypt Summit in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-8, at the request of Christian leaders in Egypt, the organization has announced.
The WEA is the largest global evangelical body with a network of churches in 129 nations and an alliance of 100 international organizations representing over 600 million Christians worldwide. The summit, to be held one year after the Arab Spring wave reached Cairo and resulted in the toppling of despotic president Hosni Mubarak, is a response to concerns expressed by the international Christian community who have been watching events unfold in Egypt since January 2011.
Christian observers have expressed concern about Muslim political parties sweeping an overwhelming majority in the Egyptian parliament, following the uprising that toppled Mubarak, which was also followed by acts of violence against local Coptic Christians, one of the oldest religious minorities in the country. The continuing unrest in the country has also been troubling observers. more >>
Seven members of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the largest global evangelical body, including the organization's CEO, the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, held a joint Thanksgiving service with the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) in Seoul, Monday.
The theme of this special sermon concerned the forthcoming 2014 WEA General Assembly, which is to take place at the Asem Hall Coex Convention Center in Seoul starting on Oct. 27, 2014.
"Three years from now, thousands of WEA leaders from around the world will gather to receive a fresh vision on how as followers of Christ, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit we can see the world impacted through God's transforming power," Tunnicliffe said Monday. "As we pray and work together in preparation for this General Assembly, we are trusting that it will be the most historic event drawing thousands of leaders from almost every nation on earth." more >>
NEW YORK – The World Evangelical Alliance together with the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) have confirmed the dates for the WEA General Assembly, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2014.
A delegation of top leaders from the Christian Council of Korea, the largest alliance of churches in South Korea, visited WEA's world HQ in New York from Sept. 9 to 10 to discuss, as hosts, the preparations and to confirm the date of the global gathering.
The WEA GA has been confirmed to take place Oct. 27-31, 2014, at the Asem Hall Coex Convention Center in Seoul. more >>
NEW YORK – In a direct response to the dispute surrounding the inclusion of religious leaders in the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, prominent evangelical leaders gathered near ground zero Friday to promote a joint message that religion should be used to heal and not divide.
Protests made by extremists regarding a proposed mosque to be built near ground zero tainted last year’s September 11 commemorations. After the official ceremony, nearly 2,000 activists assembled in support of the mosque, about five blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks. At the same time around 1,500 mosque opponents gathered close by chanting, “USA, USA,” and “No mosque here.”
Speakers at the press conference Friday called upon Christians to pave the way for unity and peace by being good neighbors to the Muslim community instead of using faith to fuel the controversies. The event was co-sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the largest network of evangelicals worldwide, and Sojourners, an evangelical publication by the Christian social justice organization of the same name. more >>
The three main bodies in Christianity, representing about 90 percent of Christians worldwide, released a "historic" agreement Monday on how Christians should conduct themselves when witnessing in a religiously diverse context.
Leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue were in Geneva on Monday to launch the document entitled, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct."
The document, a result of five years of cooperation, provides a biblical mandate for evangelism and outlines a set of ethics on Christian conduct in missions. more >>