The leadership of World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) has recommended moving the organization’s headquarters from the United States to a non-Western nation, most likely Singapore. Regional support and liaison offices would be maintained in Wheaton, Illinois, and in Europe.

Those recommendations came as part of a plan to restructure the international alliance of evangelical bodies. A working group of the WEF executive council recommended the reappointment of David M. Howard to serve as general director for a second four-year term. Howard’s reappointment will be voted on at the WEF’s Eighth General Assembly, to be held this June in Singapore.

The working group also recommended shifting WEF’s basic operations from a coalition of commissions to five departments that will deliver services to the fellowship’s member bodies. The departments are Publications and Information Services; Leadership Development; Missions and Evangelism; Global Issues and Human Need; and Discipleship and Church Renewal. The existing commissions will continue in an altered form, carrying out specific tasks through the five newly created departments.

The proposed restructuring required the redrafting of WEF bylaws. New bylaws are being submitted to WEF members by postal ballot. Fifty-two national and regional evangelical fellowships and alliances belong to WEF.

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Blessitt Is Still Walking

Baptist evangelist Arthur Blessitt started walking around with a large wooden cross on his back in 1969. He had suffered a stroke, he says, and God spoke to him while he lay in a hospital bed.

“The doctors were talking about brain surgery when suddenly God came to me and told me to get up and walk,” the 45-year-old Mississippi native says. “I managed to ...

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