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20.05.05 05:26 Age: 7 yrs

UK Delegates Call on WCC to Create Fresh Focus on Evangelism

As the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Athens, Greece, closed on Monday 16th May, Christian leaders across all denominational lines have not stopped in their response of passionate calls for the churches to become "healing and reconciling communities of hope".

The British and Irish delegations at the historic gathering were deeply inspired by the Conference. A joint letter has been issued to the WCC's mission commission, coordinated by the Churches' Commission on Mission (CCOM) of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)with calls to shift focus to evangelism.

CCOM links the work of the global mission departments and agencies of the churches in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales as part of the CTBI - the national official ecumenical body.

The letter pleads for "an ecumenical recovery of the central Christian vocation to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ" through a clearer focus on holistic evangelism, announced by the Secretary of CCOM Simon Barrow, who represented CCOM at the CWME. (…)