Global South Leaders Emphasize on Discipleship

More than 100 delegates from provinces in the Global South (comprising Africa, Asia, the Pacific and South America) gathered together in prayer, fellowship and listening to the teaching of the Word in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 th - 20 th July 2012.

The Global South Conference on Decade of Mission and Networking brought together Global south leaders who are committed to the apostolic-historic faith and were also joined by a number of mission partners from other parts of the Communion and various mission agencies.

Insights were drawn from the Book of Romans where participants were challenged to see Mission as “calling people from among the nations to the obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5 cf., 15:18, 16:26).

Christians individually and the Church corporately need to witness holistically in the expanding spheres of community, nation and the world at large hence the choice of the Conference theme “to offer our sanctified bodies (churches) and renewed minds as living sacrifices” for our Lord's glory.

A resurgence of traditional religious-cultural groups on the one hand, and hardened secularism and materialism on the other are some of the serious challenges that the global church is facing. In the face of these challenges, the way forward is to equip our churches with an emphasis on discipleship and character formation. There were intensive discussions on the need for theological and economic empowerment and establishing constructive partnerships to encourage each Province to be self-reliant.

Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, sent a note of greeting and affirmed his support for the work of the Conference.
Photo: Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala during the conference Story Courtesy: Anglican Communion News Service

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