The official report of the WCC's 1996 conference on world mission and evangelism (Salvador, Brazil), which explored the nature of Christian witness to the gospel in a world of many cultures, shaped by forces of globalisation and fragmentation and yearning for signs of hope, freedom and community. It highlights the need to meet the mission challenges of the 21st century through ecumenical and common witness, renouncing all competitiveness and proselytism in mission. Included are the texts of ten major presentations, reports from the four sections in which delegates worked, and interpretative essays reflecting on the conference experience, including one by the editor which identifies key lines for future mission reflection emerging from Salvador. This is an indispensable resource and reference volume for all concerned with the mission of the church today.
Christopher Duraisingh was at the time of the conference the Executive Secretary for Gospel and Cultures in the WCC. He now teaches at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, USA.