Christian Networks

ACT Alliance - ACT is an alliance of 100+ churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development. The alliance works in 140 countries and mobilises US$1.6 billion annually in its work for a just world. The alliance has over 31,000 people working for it globally.

Baptist World Alliance - The Baptist World Alliance is a global movement of Baptists sharing a common confession of faith in Jesus Christ bonded together by God’s love to support, encourage and strengthen one another while proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit to a lost and hurting world.The Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of Baptist conventions and unions around the world. There are six continental unions or regional fellowships: Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, All Africa Baptist Fellowship, Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, European Baptist Federation, North American Baptist Fellowship, and Union of Baptists in Latin America.

Baptist General Conference: Converge Worldwide - A movement of churches working together to strengthen and start more churches.

Christian Denominations - Profiles of over 400 past and present American denominations provide a wealth of information including a basic description, data on membership and geographic distribution, links to additional resources, and more.

Christian Denominations: 4Truth.net - 4truth.net is maintained by the Apologetics and Interfaith Evangelism team of the North American Mission Board, an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Christian and Missionary Alliance Denomination - The CMA denomination was started by A.B. Simpson. The Christian and Missionary Alliance (the C&MA, The Alliance) is a worldwide family of Christians mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission by living out the fullness of Jesus Christ in personal experience, building His Church, and carrying His light to the darkest parts of our neighborhoods and the nations. Today, there are more than 2,000 Alliance churches in the United States, and approximately 18,000 fellowships in 81 countries around the world, where nearly 5 million Christians call themselves “Alliance,” united by an unquenchable passion to provide access to the gospel where no access yet exists.

European Evangelical Alliance - The European Evangelical Alliance brings together both the national Evangelical Alliances of Europe and a large number of pan-European mission agencies. It has existed as a regional group since the 1950's, but traces its roots to the 1846 conference at which the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) was established. It is the European section of the WEA. EEA serves as a meeting place, a platform for common action, and a voice for Europe's Evangelicals. The EEA's common desire is to serve the region by making Christ known and extending His kingdom both nationally and internationally. We aim to think globally and act locally, nationally and regionally. Our goal is to help one another to be contemporary Christian communities which both transform and redeem our wider communities.The EEA encourages national Alliances to serve one another, and seeks to develop national Evangelical Alliances where they do not yet exist. The EEA is active in areas where working together makes us stronger across the continent as a whole: The EEA Brussels office represents 15 million European evangelicals from 35 countries to the European Union.

Lausanne Movement - A worldwide movement that mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaberate for world evangelization. The story of Lausanne begins with the evangelist Dr Billy Graham. As he started preaching internationally, he developed a passion to ‘unite all evangelicals in the common task of the total evangelization of the world’. In 1966 the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in partnership with America’s Christianity Today magazine, sponsored the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin. This gathering drew 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries, and inspired further conferences in Singapore (1968), Minneapolis and Bogotá (1969), and Australia (1971). Shortly afterwards, Billy Graham perceived the need for a larger, more diverse congress to re-frame Christian mission in a world of social, political, economic, and religious upheaval. The Church, he believed, had to apply the gospel to the contemporary world, and to work to understand the ideas and values behind rapid changes in society. He shared his thinking with 100 Christian leaders, drawn from all continents, and they affirmed the need. It would be a timely gathering. The First Lausanne Congress:In July 1974 some 2,700 participants and guests from over 150 nations gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, for ten days of discussion, fellowship, worship and prayer. Given the range of nationalities, ethnicities, ages, occupations and church affiliations, TIME Magazine described it as ‘a formidable forum, possibly the widestranging meeting of Christians ever held’.Speakers included some of the world’s most respected Christian thinkers of the time, including Samuel Escobar, Francis Schaeffer, Carl Henry and John Stott. Ralph Winter’s plenary address, in which he introduced the term ‘unreached people groups’, was hailed as ‘one of the milestone events in missiology’. Some were calling for a moratorium on foreign missions, but Winter argued the opposite. Thousands of groups remained without a single Christian, and with no access to Scripture in their tongue, so cross-cultural evangelization needed to be the primary task of the Church. The Lausanne Covenant: A major achievement of the congress was to develop The Lausanne Covenant. John Stott chaired the drafting committee and is best described as its chief architect. This was to be a Covenant with God, publicly declared, and a Covenant with one another; it has proved to be one of most widely-used documents in modern church history. The Covenant has helped to define evangelical theology and practice, and has set the stage for many new partnerships and alliances. On the last day of the congress, it was publicly signed by Billy Graham and by Anglican Bishop Jack Dain of Sydney, Australia. It has since been signed personally by thousands of believers, and it continues to serve as a basis for unity and a call to global evangelization. Reflecting on the impact of the 1974 congress, John Stott writes, ‘Many a conference has resembled a fireworks display. It has made a loud noise and illuminated the night sky for a few brief brilliant seconds. What is exciting about Lausanne is that its fire continues to spark off other fires.’ From a Committee to a Movement: Over 70% of the congress urged that a Continuation Committee be established, to build on what had been achieved. In January 1975 this group, appointed by the congress, met in Mexico City with Bishop Jack Dain in the chair. Some members pressed for an exclusive focus on evangelization; others favoured a broader, holistic approach. The Committee agreed on a unified aim to ‘further the total biblical mission of the Church, recognizing that in this mission of sacrificial service, evangelism is primary, and that our particular concern must be the [then 2,700 million] unreached people of the world.’ This aim continues to characterize The Lausanne Movement. The Committee invited Gottfried Osei-Mensah of Ghana to serve as its first General Secretary, and re-named itself The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. It was united by the Covenant and by what Billy Graham first called ‘the spirit of Lausanne’, a spirit exemplified by prayer, study, partnership and hope - in, we trust, a spirit of humility. According to Leighton Ford, the Committee’s first chairman, ‘the Lausanne spirit was a new and urgent commitment to world evangelization in all its aspects, a new attitude of co-operation in the task, and a new cultural sensitivity to the world to which we are called.’ When the Committee met the following year in Atlanta, its defined aim was broken into four functions: intercession, theology, strategy and communication. A working group for each was set up, and all four of these groups remain now. Continuing Impact: Throughout its history, The Lausanne Movement has preferred to remain structurally lean. It strives to be a catalyst for new partnerships and strategic alliances among like-minded missional Christians who pray, plan and work together on global evangelization. Its few staff are largely seconded; its committee chairs are volunteers, often shouldering the Lausanne role on top of other major responsibilities. Its structures are simple, with tentacles reaching into 200 nations. Lausanne does not claim to be widely-known; it does not strive to make a name for itself, but to serve the Church. Since 1974, dozens of Lausanne-related conferences have been convened. Global gatherings include the Consultation on World Evangelization (Pattaya 1980), the Conference of Young Leaders (Singapore 1987), the Forum for World Evangelization (Pattaya 2004) and the Younger Leaders’ Gathering (Malaysia 2006). Lausanne has inspired many regional networks and issue-based conferences such as the Asia Lausanne Committee on Evangelism (ALCOE), Chinese Co-ordination Centre for World Evangelization (CCCOWE), a series of Nigerian congresses on world evangelization, and severalinternational consultations on Jewish evangelism. The second major congress, known as Lausanne ll (Manila, Philippines, July 1989) drew 3,000 participants from 170 countries including Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, but sadly not China. Lausanne ll produced The Manila Manifesto, as a corporate expression of its participants. This statement of 31 clauses elaborated on The Lausanne Covenant, after 15 years. Lausanne ll was the catalyst for over 300 partnerships and new initiatives, in the developing world and elsewhere. Its significance is best seen through the wide influence of such initiatives. Lausanne gatherings have often produced landmark documents known as Lausanne Occasional Papers (LOPs). Most of the early LOPs focus on Christian witness to specific groups such as Hindus, Buddhists, refugees and nominal Christians. The 2004 Forum in Pattaya generated 31 LOPs on a wide range of areas, including bioethics, business-as-mission, the persecution of Christians, and globalization. Cape Town 2010 The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization was held in Cape Town, South Africa, 16-25 October 2010. The goal of Cape Town 2010 was to re-stimulate the spirit of Lausanne, as represented in The Lausanne Covenant, and so to promote unity, humility in service, and a call to active global evangelization. Some 4,000 leaders from 198 countries attended as participants and observers; thousands more took part in seminaries, universities, churches, and through mission agences and radio networks globally, as part of the Cape Town GlobaLink. Begun in the year leading up to the Congress, and extending beyond it, is the Lausanne Global Conversation at www.lausanne.org/conversation. This is engaging evangelical leaders on every continent.Christ’s last command on earth has never been rescinded. We want many more to hear and respond to the gospel of Christ, and to grow in their faith, and themselves to become evangelists, for the glory of God. We must work together as we proclaim and defend the eternal message in a contemporary and culturally appropriate manner. The next chapter of the Lausanne history is currently being written.

Luthern World Federation - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 145 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 70 million Christians.

Mennonite World Conference - Mennonite World Conference is called to be a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness. MWC exists to (1) be a global community of faith in the Anabaptist-tradition, (2) facilitate relationships between Anabaptist-related churches worldwide, and (3) relate to other Christian world communions and organizations.

Micah Network - The Micah Network is a group of over 330 Christian relief, development and justice organisations from 81 countries. Micah Network is a global evangelical Christian response to the needs of poor and oppressed communities which reflects the mandate given in Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God”, starting with a group of Christian organisations who: are committed to responding to poor and oppressed communities through integral mission, are equipped to challenge the wider Christian community to embrace integral mission, share their experiences and learnings with each other in a supportive environment, advocate with and on behalf of the poor on poverty and justice issues, individually and collectively, prayerfully support the network and its vision. The aim of the Micah Network is to create a dynamic process that facilitates collaborative action in: Strengthening the capacity of participating agencies to make a biblically-shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed,Speaking strongly and effectively regarding the nature of the mission of the Church to proclaim and demonstrate the love of Christ to a world in need, Prophetically calling upon and influencing the leaders and decision-makers of societies to "maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed and rescue the weak and needy"

National Association of Evangelisl (NEA) - Founded in 1942, the NAE has a rich history of facilitating Christian unity, public witness and cooperative ministry among evangelical denominations, congregations, educational institutions and service agencies in the United States.The mission of the National Association of Evangelicals is to extend the kingdom of God through a fellowship of member denominations, churches, organizations and individuals, demonstrating the unity of the body of Christ by standing for biblical truth, speaking with a representative voice, and serving the evangelical community through united action, cooperative ministry and strategic planning.

Pentecostal World Conference - The Pentecostal World Conference meets every three years. More information here.

World Council of Churches - The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a community of churches on the way to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, "so that the world may believe." (John 17:21) The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.

World Council of Reformed Churches - The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) have merged to form a new body representing more than 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide. This united body is called the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). The historic Uniting General Council (UGC) that launched this new Reformed organization was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A., from June 16 to 26, 2010.

World Alliance of Reformed Churches - The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WARC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

World Anglican Communion - The official website of the worldwide Anglican Communion, comprising more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 160 countries. The Anglican Communion Office, based in London, England, at St Andrew's House, is the permanent secretariat for the Instruments of Communion. It serves the Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates' Meetings and the Lambeth Conference, as well as commissions, committees and other group.

Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship (WPF) - Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is a group of Apostolic Ministers who seek to unite in fellowship.

World Methodist Council - The World Methodist Council is an association of the Churches in the Methodist tradition throughout the world.

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) - World Evangelical Alliance is a global ministry working with local churches around the world to join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus in their communities. WEA is a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 420 million evangelical Christians. Seeking holiness, justice and renewal at every level of society - individual, family, community and culture, God is glorified and the nations of the earth are forever transformed. Christians from ten countries met in London in 1846 for the purpose of launching, in their own words, "a new thing in church history, a definite organization for the expression of unity amongst Christian individuals belonging to different churches." This was the beginning of a vision that was fulfilled in 1951 when believers from 21 countries officially formed the World Evangelical Fellowship. Today, 150 years after the London gathering, WEA is a dynamic global structure for unity and action that embraces 420 million evangelicals in 128 countries. It is a unity based on the historic Christian faith expressed in the evangelical tradition. And it looks to the future with vision to accomplish God's purposes in discipling the nations for Jesus Christ. Today, WEA seeks to strengthen local churches through national alliances, supporting and coordinating grassroots leadership and seeking practical ways of showing the unity of the body of Christ.





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