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What is a world mission conference?

The 13th world mission conference is taking place in Athens, Greece from 9-16 May 2005 at the invitation of the Church of Greece. It is the first WCC world mission conference to be held in an Orthodox context.

WCC mission conferences are a space for encounter and dialogue offered by the World Council of Churches (WCC). In this space, around 500 people - young people, women and men involved in frontiers of Christian witness, church and mission leaders, theologians and missiologists - gather to exchange their experiences and think together about priorities in mission and the future of Christian witness. There have been 12 such conferences to date.

The WCC has invited people from all continents and all major Christian denominations to the 14th world mission conference. Invitations have gone to WCC member churches and to the Roman Catholic Church as well as to Pentecostal and evangelical churches and bodies.

In the lead-up to the conference, the WCC has also encouraged people, communities and movements involved in mission and the ministry of healing and reconciliation to contribute to the resources, events and contacts sections of this website, and/or to organize and/or attend preparatory events.

The 13th world mission conference is also a contribution from the WCC's mission networks to the Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010).