Evangelical assembly to revitalize mission in 21st century

By Matters India Reporter

Jakarta, Nov 7, 2019: Evangelical church leaders around the globe have gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, to revitalize Church ministry in the 21st century.

As many as 850 delegates from over 92 countries are attending November 7-13 General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) 2019. “What a privilege to be here,” said Reverend Vijayesh Lal, general secretary of Evangelical Fellowship of India.

The assembly takes place after 11 years. The previous assembly was held in Thailand.

The 2019 assembly is seen as a new season of Kingdom work that will unite church leaders across geographies, generations, and global causes. Serving in this new season will require a careful and Spirit-led process of clarifying, casting vision and then shifting to a new mindset.

The assembly “is an invitation for us, leaders of churches, nations, regions, networks and commissions, to visit afresh the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20,” said a press note.

The central goal of the congress is to shift the participants’ mindset toward making a commitment and practical actions to achieve three desired outcomes (holistic disciple-making journey, mission together with the younger generation, and inter-generational leadership), the press note said.

Another objective is to strengthen the relationships among the members of the Alliance and create greater synergy to implement the action plans emerging from the assembly.

The event will be a watershed moment for the World Evangelical Alliance. It will be a time when leaders discern not only what a decade of disciple-making (2020-2030) should look like, but the quality of leadership that is required, the press note said.

Participants will re-examine, re-align and re-commit to the needed mindset, processes and structures to fulfill the Great Commission in the present generation and the next.

“Your Kingdom Come! Our heart’s cry – advancing God’s Kingdom together” inspired by the passages in Matthew 6:10 and Matthew 24:14, the GA2019 will focus on the desire to see God’s Kingdom come, and doing one’s part to advance His Kingdom together.

The program includes plenary sessions focused on the theme and the vision and purpose of WEA today; tailor-made workshops and seminars for Evangelical Alliance leaders and others; regional meetings for networking; as well as cultural experiences with Sunday service in local churches and a cultural evening.

The Federation of Indonesia Evangelical Churches and Institutions is hosting the event.

The assembly “will serve as a momentum to learn from one another toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We hope that you will be blessed and equipped through this event, as we enter the new era of Evangelism and Discipleship in this emerging world,” said Reverend Ronny Mandang, chairman of Fellowship of Indonesian Evangelical Churches and Institutions.

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