Assembly Reports & Reviews

Scope and Content

Published reports produced for the Council for World Mission Assembly. Also includes reviews of CWM Regional Assemblies.

Administrative / Biographical History

The inaugural CWM Assembly took place in June 2003 in Ayr, Scotland, and represented the culmination of a process of organisational and structural change within the Council, which resulted in a new constitution and governance framework.

Each CWM member was invited to send 4 representatives to the Assembly – at least one of which should be a woman, one a young person (30 years or under) and one a lay person or combination of these. Observers could also be invited to attend. The Assembly met every third year. In these years, the Annual General Meeting could be held during the Assembly Meeting. An Assembly Planning Group was appointed by the Trustee Body to make preparations for the Assembly and its programme. This group comprised the General Secretary, the Executive Secretary for Administration, representatives from the host church, a representative from the host region and a representative from the host region for the next Assembly (the Assembly was hosted by different regions and member churches).

Now held every 4 years, the purpose of the Assembly is to celebrate, to share news and experience, to explore contemporary developments in mission and consider responses, and importantly, to elect and appoint new Trustees. The Assembly Programme includes worship, Bible study, prayer time and cultural events. It is an opportunity for interaction amongst the delegates, speakers, ecumenical guests, regional secretaries, host church and CWM staff. The Assembly is also the launch pad for the theme adopted by CWM for the following period - the theme of the first Assembly was ‘Who Is My Neighbour?’

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