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Theological Working Group produces important resource for GCF

Our Unfolding Journey with Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Global Christian Forum Experience

In 2011 after the second GCF Global Gathering in Manado, Indonesia, the GCF Committee clearly perceived that it would be beneficial to produce a theological articulation on the ‘life, learning and experience of the GCF for all those connected to it. 

In 2012, responding to the call from GCF participant bodies, the Forum convened a task force to articulate theologically the history, experience and significance of the GCF.

This 'Theological Working Group' (TWG) met for the first time in Accra, Ghana in November of that year. Under the convenorship of Dr Wonsuk Ma of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, the working group meet several times in 2012 and 2013. The thirteen participants came from African Instituted churches, Anglican and Protestant churches, the Catholic Church, Orthodox churches (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal churches, the World Council of Church's Faith and Order Commission, the World Evangelical Alliance, and GCF staff.

In September 2013 the TWG presented its work under the title, Our Unfolding Journey with Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Global Christian Forum Experience, to the GCF Committee. With its task complete the TWG has now been disbanded.

The Theological Working Group's task was very much shaped by key questions facing the GCF, including how does the Forum understand itself ecclesiologically, what is its significance for the global church and how should it serve the various parts of the global church, including its Ecumenical and Evangelical/Pentecostal communities?

Copies of the document, Our Unfolding Journey with Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Global Christian Forum Experience are available in English, French and Spanish: