WEA Purpose and Commitments, Leadership and Teams

1. Our name - how we want to be known in the world

The Mission Commission of World Evangelical Alliance.

Strap Line: "Catalyzing, Connecting and Strengthening Global Mission Movements and Networks."

2. Our vision - what we dream

We envision the proactive, synergetic, enabling of the global mission community to fully live, proclaim and extend to all peoples the transforming message of the kingdom of God in Christ Jesus through the power of the Spirit.

3. Our purpose - how we want to serve

The MC aims to inspire, advocate and strengthen God's mission agenda among the global Christian community. We serve, catalyse and facilitate global missional affinity clusters for greater effectiveness, developing strategic relationships and resources.

4. Our values - how we serve together

We value Evangelical, Trinitarian missiology, grace-characterized relationships and mutual accountability, grass roots needs-analysis and strategic vision, churches, mission agencies and training programs, collegiality and servanthood, reflective practitioners and forward thinking.

5. Our means and services - what we do

We accomplish our vision and purpose as we:

  • Create a missional arena and a forum that facilitates and encourages mutual learning, networking and cooperation between national, regional and international mission leaders in all related missional bodies.
  • Provide a consultative and self-evaluative function for mission movements and networks, international agencies and missionary training centers to measure their own health and stimulate their effectiveness.
  • Manage an "issues driven process" (needs assessment and research) that is intentional, leading to specified outcomes (services and training, networks and publications).
  • Facilitate the flow of resources between people, movements and nations (financial, human, bibliographical, & other) through a well-defined system & process.
  • Create and manage systems for the dissemination of information (based on a discussion of strategic technologies and media).
  • Provide a prophetic and proactive voice into the worldwide church in relation to theology, missiology and mission practice, through strategic consultations, training seminars, publications and other initiatives.

6. Our constituencies - whom we wish to serve

In order to gain the maximum leverage in our work, we strategically serve the global mission community as manifested in mission movements, networks and mission structures in order that they in turn can effectively serve their own constituencies. This constituency are represented by their leadership and called MC Associates.

The Mission Commission Associates (MCA) family forms the broader arena of our global family and is made up of mission leaders according to MC Constituency categories.

Those with a constituency-associations, alliances and other movements:

  • Leaders of regional movements, with whom we work in partnership and are committed to strengthen them.
  • Leaders of national movements, whom we also urge to relate to their existing regional body.

Those whose focus is missionally specific:

  • Leaders of international networks. Those that focus on issues for specific projects; task forces set up specifically by the MC; all with an agreed structure for communication and decision-making with the MC.
  • Leaders of international mission structures and agencies (denominational, inter-denominational and of special ministry focus).
  • Leaders of international and national church associations and of local missional churches.
  • Leaders with special giftings and expertise to work on task forces, networks, projects and programs.

Our working relationship will be marked by informing each other, meeting and praying together, sharing resources and helping each other to realise the shared task, agreeing on joint networks and task forces for specific projects, working pro-actively toward a shared agenda and making decisions together.

7. Our governance, leadership and organizational structure - who guides us

The Global Leadership Council is our board of governance formed from the constituency associates and key stakeholders. The minimum size of the GLC should be 10, the maximum 15, with a decision-making quorum of 60% of the actual number of its members.
The GLC appoints its officers, establishes the policies and priorities of the MC and provides oversight for its ministries. The executive director is nominated by the GLC, is accountable for the approved outcomes to the GLC and as such is an ex oficio member. Final appointment of the executive director is done by the WEA International Council.

New GLC members will be recommended, and guidelines developed to identify the qualifications and skills, duties and terms of service. They are expected to play a proactive role in the life of the MC. Its members will be selected from the 5 constituency categories.

The Executive Committee (ExCo) consists of the GLC Chair, Vice-chair and one other member of the GLC. The ED normally meets with the ExCo.

The MC Forum, consists of a maximum of 60 people, chosen from the MC Associates. They provide consultation to the GLC. The members of this forum will be selected from the 5 categories of the constituency. They meet once every two years, and otherwise are actively involved through e-mail and Internet communication.

8. Our Finances - how we are funded

The Mission Commission is a low-budget, high-impact global mission body that depends on various sources for its financial existence. Staff bring their financial support to the MC.

MC budget will be met from the following sources:

  • Staff come to the team with self-funding resources;
  • Contributions of its constituency. All MC Associates and mission bodies are expected to pay an annual membership fee.
  • Gifts from individuals, churches and foundations/trusts.
  • Publications and product sales

Projects and programs funds are raised by staff and MC Associates from churches, individuals and trusts.

9. MC Task Forces and Networks

The projects of the MC are carried out largely through core groups, task forces and networks led by gifted, committed, women and men who volunteer their time for this important work. In addition, the MC provides an essential place for "docking" international networks. Close to 220 women and men from some 50 nations are currently involved in these groups. These networks are increasing in size and numbers, and the MC provides a strategically way to link them for greater synergy in accomplishing the work of the global church in world evangelization.

10. Current working teams and networks with key leaders:

  • National mission movements: Bertil Ekstrom (Brazil), Kees van der Wilden (Holland) and Younoussa Djao (Ivory Coast)
  • Global Missiology: Rose Dowsett (Scotland) and William D. Taylor (USA).
  • International missionary training network/RAMP: Rob Brynjolfson (Canada) and Jonathan Lewis (USA).
  • JIMI: Joint Information Management Initiative Sharing: Mark Orr (Canada) and Sas Conradie (South Africa/UK)
  • MC Publications: Jonathan Lewis (USA).
  • Member care network: Harry Hoffman (Germany/Central Asia)
  • Mission Mobilisation Task Force (MMTF): Trev Gregory (Scotland), Min-Young Jung (Korea).

Others Linked/Docked with the MC:

  • ETHNE-global network focused on less-reached peoples, Kent Parks (Malaysia) and team.
  • Interdev Partners Associates (IPA), Alex Araujo (Brazil/USA) and team.
  • Mission Mobilisation Network: George Verwer (USA/UK), Chacko Thomas (India/UK) and Hikari Matsuzaki (Japan/UK).
  • Refugee Highway Partnership: Stephen Mugabi Uganda).
  • SEALINK-South East Asia network focused on less-reached peoples: Beram Kumar ( Malaysia ) and team.
  • TIE (Tentmakers International Exchange) formally joined the MC in 2003 in a strategic docking relationship: Johnny Chun (Korea).