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date: 25 January 2022

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Among the trends of world Christianity is the growth of ‘new churches’, mostly evangelical or Pentecostal in character. Few of these have any real contact with historic Protestant traditions, let alone with other members of the World Council of Churches. The question for the ecumenical movement, in which most of the historic churches are engaged, is: how to invite these new bodies into the global conversation? How might they contribute to the political, ethical, and community concerns facing people of faith? One answer has been the development, through the Global Christian Forum, of an ‘open space’ in which emerging churches might judge for themselves their need for and degree of participation with other Christians in facing realities such as discrimination and persecution, and in addressing issues in mission such as proselytism. This chapter traces the development of the Forum and considers its nature and its working principles.

Keywords: Global Christian Forum, World Council of Churches, open space, evangelical, Pentecostal, persecution, proselytism

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