A Catholic observer at the General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance

19 Nov 2019

WEA GA 2019

The Catholic Church was for the first time invited to send an observer to the General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) was represented by Monsignor Juan Usma Gómez, Head of the Western Section and Catholic coordinator of the Third Series of International Consultations with the WEA. Cardinal Kurt Koch sent a message to the Secretary General of the WEA, Bishop Efraim Tendero, for the participants at the Assembly. The meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 7–13 November 2019, on the theme “Your Kingdom Come”. Eleven years after its last General Assembly, the approximately 800 participants from over 80 countries reflected on the modern challenges facing the church, particularly on cooperation among intergenerational Christian leaders. At the conclusion of the Assembly, there was a renewed call to the urgency of the Gospel proclamation, in conformity to the missionary mandate, as well as the announcement of the intention to create National Evangelical Alliances in all countries around the world and the launch of “A Decade for Disciple Making 2020-2030”.