The WEA Business Coalition is the business department of the World Evangelical Alliance and functions as an information & resource hub providing strategic and thought leadership for leaders of businesses, ministries and churches. The World Evangelical Alliance is the largest international organization of evangelical churches and ministries and gives a world-wide identity, voice and platform to more than 600 million Christians in 129 countries.
The WEA Religious Liberty Commission monitors the religious liberty situation in more than 100 nations, defending persecuted Christians, informing the global church, challenging the Church to pray and giving all possible assistance to those who are suffering. The Commission also makes fact finding trips and meets with governments and ambassadors speaking up for the suffering brothers and sisters. At the United Nations HRC the Commission reports about the situation and arranges special hearings with Christians from countries under pressure.
The “International Institute for Religious Freedom” (IIRF) is a network of professors, researchers, academics, specialists and university institutions from all continents which work on reliable data on the violation of religious freedom worldwide and want to implement this topic to college and university programmes and curricula, especially in the areas of law, sociology, religious studies and theological programmes.
In faithfulness to Christ and in order to serve the Church, the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance exists to provide international theological reflection on issues of importance affecting the church and society everywhere.
Our vision is to be a prophetic Evangelical voice that is globally representative, faithful to Scripture, theologically informed and which speaks with clarity and relevance to both the church and the world.
ICETE is a global community, sponsored by eight regional associations of theological schools, to enable international interaction and collaboration among all those concerned for the enhancement of evangelical theological education worldwide. Originally having been started out of the Theological Commission of WEA and being connected to all Regional Evangelical Alliances, ICETE acts on behalf of the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA in all matters of theological education on a global level.
Studies show that over 90% of all pastors do not have a formal theological education. Re–forma exists to ensure that those millions of pastors and church leaders are biblically-trained by providing a recognised, global standard for outcome- and impact-based assessment. Re–Forma exists to serve informal and nonformal training programs worldwide by
• Developing a system of affirmation for quality assurance
• Helping to unify, simplify and complement the numerous ministry training programs
• Providing a platform for outcome- and impact-based assessment
• Encouraging and supporting start-up programs
Re–Forma is a self-governing branch of the Department of Theological Concerns. The finals are undersigned by Re–Forma and WEA.
To achieve its goals and fulfil Christ’s mission in the world, the WEA interacts with leaders of other Christian churches and non-Christian faith traditions in many contexts. WEA representatives must engage diplomatically and in mutual respect with these peers so as to pursue shared goals in such areas as social welfare and religious freedom and so as to negotiate differences effectively. OIIR especially proposes Ambassadors installed by the Secretary General to global churches or to world religions, eg one to the Vatican, one to the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Churches, one for the Russian Orthodox Church or one for Humanitarian Islam in Indonesia. OIIR is an office of the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA.
The International Institute for Islamic Studies (IIIS) has been installed by the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA for the purpose of research and publishing as well as for dialogue between Christians and Muslims. IIIS is a network of scholars in Islamic studies and its administration is carried out by the Evangelical Alliances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Churches, the political arena, and society at large are provided foundational information relating to the topic of ‘Islam’ through research and the presentation thereof via publications, adult education seminars, and democratic political discourse. The focus is primarily on Muslim migration, the global development of Islamic theology and of Islamic fundamentalism, as well as a respectful and issue-related meeting of Christians and Muslims. Through our work we want to contribute to engaging Muslims in an informed and fair manner.
The Society of Christian Scholars is a global community of, by, and for missional Christian scholars, called to the learned life and fulfilling this calling within higher education or similar professional contexts, who are committed to and engaged in God’s mission of seeing all things redeemed (Genesis 1:28, 2:15, Jeremiah 29:5-7, Matthew 28:18-20). Members must be academic staff or students of a tertiary institution that does not require students to adhere to a faith statement. Full and Associate Membership is also open to academics serving in non-institutional contexts (think tanks, private industry, etc.) or retired from any of the above. The Society of Christian Scholars acts on behalf of the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA in all matters related to non-faith based institutions of higher learning and research.
Many of the WEA’s constituents work on issues related to social justice and human rights. Through an Office for International Interfaith Dialogue, the WEA seeks dialogue with organizations and communities of other religions so as to facilitate a mutual understanding as part of our Christian commitment for peaceful communities. The WEA engages strategically with political stakeholders, civil society actors and other religious organizations speaking out for freedom of religion or belief. Through the Office for International Interfaith Dialogue, the WEA will participate more effectively in the current debates on “Faith and Development”. We seek to raise the voice of local churches and national and regional evangelical alliances who experience many of the issues the UN discusses, debates and acts on.
The Department of Theological Concerns Bulletins