August 28, 1999 (Dallas, Texas, USA) - Representatives of the major international evangelical networks met in Dallas, Texas, August 25-27 1999 to complete the development of a new framework for cooperation into the new millennium. The meeting, a scheduled follow-on to a March 1999 consultation in Norway, was called by the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation, and the World Evangelical Fellowship.
Building on a previously agreed set of core values, the participants worked for three days in a community atmosphere of prayer. From an intense discussion of benefits and obstacles, they discovered several priority functions of a global movement focusing on discipling the nations. After much further deliberation, the proceedings came to a halt, as the conferees realized they needed to truly hear from God - they asked "Where is the leading of the Holy Spirit?" An extended pause for prayer brought several words from the Lord, and a new spirit of unity. As one participant said, "God showed up. It's that simple."
The outcome of the meeting was the formation of a team with a two-year mandate to create a viable, servant-spirited, low profile entity serving the Church of Christ worldwide and facilitating the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This new body is committed to more intentional regional and functional network cooperation and collaboration. The team consists of a representative International Committee, with a smaller Facilitation Group.
Participants united in prayer, asking God for humility, faith, boldness, vision, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. They request prayer support and input from God's people around the world as they pursue this process. The Facilitation Group met for the first time on August 28, 1999 and set in motion the next development steps.
Great Commission Center International
Copper Canyon, Texas
August 28, 1999
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