For Immediate Release
The establishment of three new offices, the creation of a new international leadership team, the strengthened financial commitment of donors, and the incorporation of six new members, are just some of the new developments within the World Evangelical Alliance, Geoff Tunnicliffe, the International Director for the WEA, told members of the European Evangelical Alliance during their annual meeting in Tavira, Portugal.
“We are continuing to network, resource and serve our members and the broader global evangelical community so they can be informed and empowered by the World Evangelical Alliance,” Tunnicliffe said.
Tunnicliffe, who was appointed as the WEA’s International Director in May of this year, outlined some of the major developments and changes that have helped renew the Alliance in recent months.
“We are increasing external and internal communications, clarifying the role of our alliances, commissions, affiliates and associates, and engaging in strategic global conversations and initiatives,” he said.
These initiatives include dialogues with the United Nations over global poverty and conversations with both ecumenical and governmental groups on religious liberty and human rights.
In regards to funding, Tunncliffe said the Alliance is reviewing membership structures and annual contributions, and is strengthening ties with groups such as the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, which has taken over supportive and administrative operations of the Alliance.
He also thanked the European Evangelicals for their prayers and sought greater cooperation for the future.
“I know many of you have been praying for the WEA, and we’ve felt those prayers,” said Tunnicliffe. “God has been answering those prayers and giving us beyond what we’ve even asked.”
The 2005 European Evangelical Alliance annual assembly follows the theme, “Gospel Relevance in Europe Today.” The gathering, which began on Wednesday, ends on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The World Evangelical Alliance is a global network of 123 nations who each have formed an evangelical church alliance. Nearly 3,000,000 local churches and 380 million Christians identify with these alliances. http://www.worldevangelicalalliance.com
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