The following communication from Dr. Wilf Gasser might help MC Associates to understand the role we MCA’s can play in the upcoming WEA General Assembly to be held in Seoul, Korea from October 18 to 26, 2014. Please be asking God that this event will result in greater understanding of and participation of the global mission of Christ to make the the blessing of Abraham to all peoples.
The General Assembly 2014 of the WEA will have a different scope and size than in the past. With the backing of the Christian Council of Korea we hope to bring a much larger group of evangelical leaders to Seoul. The GA will focus on the theme of “Following Jesus Christ into the World” and will encourage the participants to reflect on their missional calling and the transformational power of the Kingdom of God. Special emphasis will be given to the networking and cross-pollination not only within but between the many national alliances and the different service arms.
We are therefore inviting national alliances to not only bring 2-3 delegates as in the past, but to attend the assembly with a team of national experts representing the different topics. These will then be able to connect the outcomes from the GA-consultations to the grassroots of the national alliance and ultimately to the local church.
For WEA service arms like the Mission Commission it will therefore be crucial to not only consider how the working times at the GA could serve their own development, but how they can serve other parts of the body and especially what they can offer the local church.
From a WEA perspective the General Assembly in Seoul holds two important opportunities for the Mission Commission.
Firstly, the MC consultation in Turkey in May 2014 can be seen as an important stepping stone towards the GA. Its focus on Church & Mission will help prepare so at the GA the MC can offer strategies and guidelines for a strong collaboration between mission movements and the local church.
Secondly, the MC can profit from the GA being held in the strong mission nation of Korea and the Asian nations presumably being well represented at the GA. That will help the MC strengthen the ties to the Asian mission community.
The afternoons from Monday to Thursday and Friday all day plus Saturday morning will to a large extent be at the disposition of our service arms. That will allow for much individual work being done within the commissions and service arms. It will allow for networking, consultations, cross-pollination between different topics, or offering workshops and trainings for members or representatives from national alliances and local churches.
And on a special note I would like to invite the members of the mission commission to make an additional effort. It will be a challenge to bring the right people to the GA, including a good number of participants from the majority world, younger leaders and female leaders. As an MC member with a wide range of connections and partners in the majority world you can contribute a lot by checking through your contacts and define those people you think would need to be part of that GA experience. Partly because they have a contribution to make, or on the other hand because they could take away a lot and have a high potential for leadership in their nations or in their respective field. And at the same time your mission organization could perhaps partner with some less privileged organization or nation and could help finance their participation at the GA.
In any case, we very much appreciate your collaboration and your prayerful participation in the process leading up to a memorable and life changing GA-experience. God himself will have to connect the many dots, but we honor him as the architect of his living temple, and we can expect HIS presence to make the BIG difference!
Dr. Wilf Gasser
Associate Secretary General
World Evangelical Alliance