Declaration of the Americas Denominational Summit

Panama City, Panama, December 28-29, 1996

We, the participants of this historic meeting of leaders of different denominations, representing diverse parts of the Body of Christ and being conscious of the command of the Great Commission, declare:

Now, having one mind and heart in our commitment to work together for world evangelism towards the year 2000 and beyond, we, as members of different organizations, declare our commitment to establish "A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000." To fulfill this objective, we call on every component of the Body of Christ to freely give our hands, hearts, minds, and souls in the great cause of Jesus Christ and to pray for and cooperate with others to present the gospel to the unreached, while respecting each other's doctrinal convictions.

Also, we declare that, when we return to our own countries and organizations in North, Central, and South America, we will encourage our denominations and fellowships to consider the following actions:

  1. To prioritize focus on the peoples which do not have access to the gospel, most of which are located in the area known as the 10/40 Window.
  2. To call our people to pray, acknowledging prayer as the central strategy, crucial to reaching the objective mentioned before; to encourage our churches to participate in prayer initiatives such as Praying Through the Window III in October 1997, and March For Jesus, which will be held every year through AD 2000.
  3. To encourage our churches to take part in national initiatives, to cooperate with the AD2000 Movement networks where they exist, and to encourage the development of national Initiatives where they do not exist.
  4. To establish intercontinental fellowship links in order to share resources, ministries, strategies, objectives and goals in order to avoid the duplication of efforts and to facilitate the acceleration of the remaining task of evangelization and world missions.
  5. To search for ways to accelerate missionary efforts from our denominations in our work around the world, and the recruitment of a new missionary force directed toward the unreached.
  6. To establish bridges of constant communication in order to support each other as one body in our common goal to fulfill the Great Commission.
  7. To recommend to the national alliances of the Americas that they take this torch, lighted at the Americas Denominational Summit of LatinoAmerica 2000, and call for similar summits in their own lands, which will help to accelerate commitment to the joint work of all vital forces within each nation for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

We make this commitment for the greater glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the extension of His Kingdom among the millions who have not yet heard the gospel.

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