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Eleven years after the 2008 WEA General Assembly, we sense the mighty move of the Holy Spirit. He is inviting, inspiring and initiating a new season of Kingdom work that will unite church leaders across geographies, generations, and global causes. Serving in this new season will require a careful and Spirit-led process of clarifying, casting vision and then shifting to a new mindset. What must evangelism and disciple-making look like in the coming decade?

The 2019 WEA General Assembly is an invitation for us, leaders of churches, nations, regions, networks and commissions, to visit afresh the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20:

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV) 

Like the 200 leaders of the tribe of Issachar who “understood the times and knew what Israel should do” in 1 Chronicles 12:32, the 2019 General Assembly will be a watershed moment for the World Evangelical Alliance. It will be a time when leaders discern not only what a decade of disciple-making (2020-2030) should look like, but the quality of leadership that is required. We will re-examine, re-align and re-commit ourselves to the needed mindset, processes and structures to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation and the next.

At this critical global leadership gathering, we will invest our time and hearts to understand each vital element required to prepare the church for the mission ahead of us, and thus we will be intentional about walking alongside and mentoring our younger leaders. As Moses summoned Joshua and commissioned him in the presence of all Israel, we will make use of the event to bless younger leaders with wisdom, prayer and clear direction, so like Joshua they will be strong and courageous in holding their mantle of leadership in the challenging days to come.

The 2019 General Assembly is more than a global event; it will be a defining moment for leaders of the Church to launch a new era (decade) of disciple-making and inter-generational leadership across nations and regions, but also across the global causes and pressing issues of our time. No invited leader should miss the opportunity to be present for this Spirit-ordained gathering!

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