We hope that the information you find here will help you to discover what we believe is a promising and unique process. It began in the late 1990s. For several years we worked quietly, without much publicity, away from the limelight. Now we want to make known what has happened, what is going on and what we are aiming at.
The Global Christian Forum is about bringing into conversation with one another Christians and churches from very different traditions who have little or never talked to each other. It is about building bridges where there are none, overcoming prejudices, creating and nurturing new relationships.
We have become convinced that our churches and organizations could benefit greatly from a Forum where they could speak with one another face to face, pray for one another directly, learn from one another, and together gain insights into common problems that could help all to respond to them more effectively.
Our vision has been confirmed by the first fully representative and worldwide Global Christian Forum meeting that took place on 6 – 9 November 2007 near Nairobi, Kenya. Read more about this historic event and about the history, the purpose and the future of the Global Christian Forum on this website: http://www.globalchristianforum.org/
The Global Christian Forum Committee
Second Global Gathering plans well underway
4 – 7 October 2011, Manado, Indonesia
Manado Conference Update
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Preparations for the Global Christian Forum’s second global gathering at Manado, Indonesia, are well advanced.
The event will be held at the Novotel Hotel and Convention Center in Manado, the capital of the Province of North Sulawesi. Manado is situated at the far north-eastern tip of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Gathering around the central theme of Life Together in Jesus Christ, Empowered by the Holy Spirit, some three hundred church leaders and representatives from every continent have been invited to attend.
The makeup of the conference comprises a 50-50 split between what could be conveniently called ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Traditional’ churches all chosen using a set of principles to ensure balance in representing the variety and diversity of world Christianity.
Two plenary sessions will work directly under the main theme, and out of it, a third plenary will, intentionally, be Listening to What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches.
As well as discussing changing trends, participants will hear first hand of the experiences of the churches from across the world and will seek discern the further vision for the Global Christian Forum.
The invitations include representation from Christian World Communions, Ecumenical organizations, Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic organizations and churches, Orthodox Patriarchates, the Catholic Church, Regional Councils, Conferences, Alliances or Associations, and Churches, covering all geographic areas and all traditions, mega churches and migrant churches.
Participants will include both women and men, and will cover a range of age groups from young people to more experienced church leaders. The four national church bodies in Indonesia are supportive of the meeting in their country. The Communion of Churches – the Pentecostal Churches Fellowship – the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches and Institutions – and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, have all warmly welcomed the Global Christian Forum to hold its second gathering in their nation and have constituted a joint national organizing committee.
The churches in the Manado area have also set up a local working team for the event.