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GCOWE ’95 Global Consultation On World Evangelization

One of the purposes of the GCOWE was to establish permanent national missiological research functions in every country of the world. What happened to this goal? Read below. 

  • GCOWE ’95¬†Theme – A church for every people and the gospel for every person by AD2000
  • Place – Seoul, Korea
  • Date – May 17-26, 1995
  • Purpose – The purpose of GCOWE ’95 is to encourage continued momentum building toward the fulfillment of the goal of a church for every people and the gospel for every people by the year 2000.

Process

present as clearly as possible the status of the goal of a church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000. Globally by country, and by region along with contribution of each of the associated resource networks and task forces toward that goal,
identify the major obstacles to fulfilling the goal in each country, region, and resource network,
fervent prayer focused on overcoming the obstacles by country, region, resource network and all delegates,
adjust goals (or set goals if none exist) for each country, region and resource network,
present the factors that will bear upon whether or not the goals are attained by the year 2000 for each country, region and resource network,
discuss and pray through the factors that will bear upon whether the goals are attained for each country, region and resource network,
establish a specific action plan to fulfill the adjusted goals to the year 2000 for each country, region and resource network,
establish a structure in every country, region and resource network to take primary responsibility to see that the action plans are carried out,
commission all the key people responsible by country, region and resource network to the task before them.
Assumptions

When the whole church is mobilized, there is a much greater probability that the whole world will be reached and peoples’ lives will be changed (in both directions, sending and receiving).
There is a divine superintending of global events, such as the demise of communism, the failure of secular humanism to satisfy the needs of man, an age of unbelief moving to an age of faith in which people are seeking a faith that is rigorous or demanding and more personal.
The explosive growth of the Two Thirds World church in this century has positioned the global church for a major evangelistic thrust in the nineties.
Many church and mission leaders now believe that genuine partnerships are the only way to take advantage of the opportunities presented by this last decade of the millennium as we move toward the year 2000 and beyond.
Those best equipped to reach a people/nation are the Christians from that people/nation, although cross-cultural and international forces for evangelism are also required.
Each participant to GCOWE ’95 has a commitment to the overall goal of establishing a mission-minded church planting movement within every unreached people group and city by the year 2000.
Each participant to GCOWE ’95 recognizes a need to network with Christian leaders who share the same vision for world evangelization by AD 2000.
There is a presence of Christian leaders in every country of the world who are committed to the fulfillment of the Great COmmission, who desire fellowship and network with those outside of their country who share a common vision.
Commitment is building to strengthen existing national movements that are based on faith goals for AD2000, and recognition of a need to design viable strategies for all interest groups to work together.
Participants selected for GCOWE ’95 will share the AD 2000 vision with their churches, denominations, affinity groups and family, and depend on God to supply the needed finances for travel to GCOWE ’95, which they are expected to raise themselves.
Commitment to the spirit and content of the Great Commission Manifesto produced at the Global Consultation for World Evangelization in Singapore in January 1989, plus the Lausanne Covenant and the WEF Statement of Faith.

Expected Outcomes

Many groups within the body of Christ individually and collectively with others, are setting their own year 2000 goals for world evangelization. Potentially, millions of Christians will work and pray with a more common focus towards the turn of the century. GCOWE ’95 is a mid-decadal assessment point to bring together these groups.
Setting on-going strategies as Christians work through separate but cooperative programs, it is hoped that the body of Christ would realize these outcomes.
Increased mobilization of united prayer efforts by linking prayer networks nationally, regionally and around the world and seeking to mobilize them for world evangelization.
Revitalization of church leaders through the sharing of principles and models of effective local church mobilization, church renewal and world evangelization.
Establishment of an evangelical congregation within easy access of every person in the world.
Equipping of key leadership in every country to develop and implement effective cross-cultural missionary training programs.
**Establishment of permanent national missiological research functions in every country of the world.
More strategic assessment of the progress of evangelization among the unreached and adoptable peoples, plus the 10/40 Window world.
Provision of a valid opportunity for every person to accept or reject the gospel.
Establishment of a church planting movement within every unreached people group and city in the country/region.
Development of the innate and spiritual gifts of God’s people everywhere, with particular emphasis on women and young people for world evangelization.

Principles

The principle of a spiritual movement
The Exodus was a divinely initiated movement. This was a spiritual movement, from slavery to salvation to service. It was also an awesome physical movement with over one million people moving from Egypt through the desert to the promised land over a 40-year period. Even when God’s people were disobedient and stiff-necked God brought them along because of His faithfulness. The prayerful intent of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and GCOWE ’95 is to cooperate with what the Holy Spirit is doing in our time.
The principle of consultation of the Body of Christ
In the account of the movement of God’s people at the time of the Exodus, prior to the charge to Pharaoh to let God’s people go, Moses consulted first with Aaron and then with the elders and also spoke to God’s people. Moses received the vision from God and then consulted with God’s people. Throughout the consultation process in th AD 2000 & Beyond Movement and GCOWE ’95 there is growing awareness of what the contextual realities and the obstacles are, and what it will take to accomplish the goals for the country, region, and resource network.
The principle of indigenization
The vision must be born of the Holy Spirit within the spiritual leaders of a nation, as in the case of Moses and Aaron. It became a grassroots vision. It was owned by every one of God’s people. For the world to be evangelized by the year 2000, the vision must be owned by the body of Christ in every continent and nation of the world. It must become the vision of the Church in that part of the world. The leaders among God’s people must own the vision and be prepared to support it. Consequently, each participant to GCOWE ’95 is being encouraged to raise their international travel costs by sharing the vision with their churches, friends, family and denominations.
The principle of cooperation
As each family member took up their appointed duties in cooperation with the purpose of the Exodus, it was fulfilled. A church for every people by the year 2000 is too great for any one organization or denomination to adopt as its own. It’s a task worthy of and requiring the active participation of the entire body of Christ. Whether local church, denomination, or Christian organization, it is something we can all cooperate together in and in this we will be glorifying God. Also, it is too much of a task for either traditional missions, or emerging missions or western missions versus nonwestern missions, men versus women, the younger generation versus the older generation. Together, all have a vital part to play in this cooperative God-ordained effort.

Participant Selection Criteria

Credibility
An active member of a local church, recognized by the national leaders and respected by the different segments of the church as in good standing in his or her immediate Christian community
Experience
A responsible Christian leader who is recognized in the specialty or interest area at hand.
Bridge Builder
Prepared to build bridges between God’s people within the country and internationally.
Spiritual Maturity
Above reproach in his or her testimony; approved by church leadership in the country and with own accountability support structure
Vision
Burden for the church in his/her country and for the evangelization of the country. A person who desires to see a church for every people and the gospel for every person in his/her country and the world.
Team player
Works well with others. Can comfortably interact with others who might disagree with him or her while maintaining mutual respect.
Leadership qualities with organizational support
Has the support and organizational structure to develop resource networks within the country.
A person of faith
Prepared to trust God for finances to travel nationally and internationally
Ability to communicate
in one of the United Nations languages. English will be the primary language used, though there will be translation into the major languages of GCOWE ’95.

Program Agenda

All Together

Praise and worship
Global World Evangelization Prayer times
Global Assessment of the Unfinished Task
Exposure of resource network/track initiatives
Exposure of selected country-wide models and initiatives
By Resource Network Tracks

Assessment of the Unfinished Task or primary purpose for that Resource Network/Task
Praise Times for what God has done
Strategy Meeting, Goal Setting to fulfill the Purpose
Identify Factors Bearing Upon the Success of the Purpose, Goals/Obstacles
“Heart-felt Concerns” time
Prayer times
Firm up follow-up plans, and process
By Country

Countrywide Assessment of the Unfinished Task
Countrywide Praise Times for what God has done
Strategy Meeting, Goal Setting
Identify Factors Bearing Upon the Success of the Goals/Obstacles
“Heart-felt Concerns” time
Countrywide Prayer times
Firm up follow-up plans and process