Follow-up of the International Congress on World Evangelization moved into a new phase last month when the committee charged with continuation responsibilities met for the second time.

After five days of meetings in Atlanta, the panel had new officers, wide agreement on aims and functions, and an anti-persecution resolution. The 1976 gathering was described by a spokesman as one that put flesh on the 1975 decision in Mexico City to promote regional activity instead of large global programs (see February 14, 1975, issue, page 58).

The chairman for the next two years will be Leighton Ford, Canadian-born member of the Billy Graham team and chairman of the committee that planned the program of the 1974 Lausanne congress. He succeeds A. Jack Dain, Anglican bishop from Sydney, Australia, who accepted the chairmanship in Mexico City last year with the provision that he be replaced in 1976. Dain had served as executive chairman of the committee that sponsored the Lausanne event.

During the Atlanta meeting Ford was chairman of a group that worked out details of a statement on the committee’s aims and functions. The statement stresses the roles of catalyst and stimulator rather than administrator. At the world level the committee kept open for itself the options of working in the areas of communication, research and strategy, theological interpretation, and prayer.

A number of committee actions backed up the determination to encourage regional cooperation. Members were asked to take the lead in forming regional groups, and the future schedule of meetings for the world-wide committee leaves them more time to do this. Henceforth the committee as a whole will meet every second year. Some of the money saved by not meeting annually will be ...

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