Brethren in Christ World Missions Task Force
At the Brethren in Christ General Conference in 1894, Rhoda Lee, a 37 year-old newcomer to the BIC, stated:
We Brethren in Christ follow the Bible. We say we do all that it says. But how can we say this when there is one big command we have not obeyed: ‘Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations’? We haven’t made one effort to reach [. . .] people overseas.” (Paraphrased)
This challenge started the initiative that became known as Brethren in Christ World Missions (BICWM).
Today, at the end of 2014, it is estimated that there are over 165,000 individuals in about 35 countries who call the Brethren in Christ their church family. Since 1987, membership in congregations outside of North America has outnumbered membership within it. We celebrate the global community that is the Brethren in Christ and are deeply grateful for the sacrificial commitment of so many people to the work of missions that, by the grace and power of God, has created this growing global family.
As the world in which we live continues to change, and as we continue to see the exciting development and growth of Brethren in Christ churches around the world, a decision was made to spend time examining the current realities of Brethren in Christ World Missions and future possibilities for this critically important work of the church. To that end, a task force has been formed to prayerfully reflect and discuss how best the church in the U.S. can further the work of missions in the coming years.
General Conference Board (GCB) approved the formation of a task force comprised of individuals who carry a deep passion and experience of the work of missions, especially BICWM. The following persons agreed to serve in this very important role:
- Provide communication on the work of the task force on a regular basis, and
- Provide an initial report and, if appropriate, recommendations for the meeting of GCB in September 2015. This will enable continued processing so that reports and recommendations can be brought to General Conference in July 2016.
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