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Feb. 15, 2002
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Cander, United Methodist Agencies Host Consultation on the Great Commission

Christian evangelism leaders from around the world will gather at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology April 3-6 to address crucial issues of faith and mission in the 21st century during the "Consultation on the Great Commission."

The historic gathering, coordinated by Candler and several United Methodist agencies, will provide an international context for the church to consider critical issues related to evangelism and mission. Worship three times a day, major presentations and focus groups will provide the setting in which pastors, laypersons, missionaries, evangelists and scholars will be challenged to fresh thinking about the Great Commission. "The design of the consultation is to bring the church’s best thoughts and practices together so that local congregations and church agencies can be better prepared relate the Good News . . . indeed our Great Commission," says Stephen Gunter, A.J. Moore Associate Professor of Evangelism at Candler and on-site coordinator of the event.

More than 30 people, representing many aspects of Christian thought and mission work, will lead plenary sessions, focus seminars and worship services on such topics as witness material, faith sharing, prison ministries, the "Disciple Bible," and presenting the gospel in multicultural settings. Among the presenters are: Randolph Nugent, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministry; Bishop Kenneth Carder, United Methodist Church-Mississippi Conference; Rev. Richard "Dick" Wills, Christ Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Maxie Dunnam, president of Asbury Theological Seminary; noted evangelism pioneers Eddie Fox and George Morris; and Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler.

The capstone of each day is evening worship at area United Methodist churches. The April 3 service will feature Long, who has been named by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation’s top preachers. Planned for April 4 is a missionary sending service presided over by North Georgia Bishop G. Lindsey Davis. Andrew Walls, a British Methodist and one of the world’s foremost missiologists, will deliver the message on April 5.

United Methodist co-sponsors of the consultation include the General Board of Discipleship, General Board of Global Ministries, Foundation for Evangelism, and the World Methodist Evangelism Institute.

Participants must register prior to the consultation. For registration information, call 404-727-6352 or e-mail, or

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