July 27, 2011
Today, the entire World Evangelical Alliance family mourns the loss of one the giants of the Christian faith, Dr. John Stott – “Uncle John,” as he was known to most.
Through his preaching, teaching and writing, John Stott had a profound impact on the global Church, in particular, the evangelical community. Through his biblical exposition and spiritual insights he shaped an entire generation of Christian leaders.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, was personally impacted by the teachings of Dr. Stott. Tunnicliffe writes, “Uncle John, was a great influence in my own theological development. His commitment to biblical orthodoxy, global mission and unity in the body of Christ were foundational in my own spiritual journey.”
Dr. Stott was a great friend of the WEA. He often spoke at WEA-related events, where he extolled the virtues of Christian unity, evangelism and social justice. In addition, Dr. Stott was the primary author of the Preamble to the 1951 constitution of the WEA, in which he provided a biblical framework and the three primary purposes for the existence of the WEA.
While this is a day of sadness as we mourn the loss of a friend, teacher and pastor, it is also a day in which we celebrate the life of a person who was faithful to Christ and who deeply impacted the world in which he lived.
The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and104 associate member organizations and global networks. The WEA is the world's largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.