Council of Christian Churches, meeting in its 17th World Congress in
Korea, June 8 - 14, 2005, in order to honor commitment to the Preamble
to the Council's Constitution, "to facilitate the discharge of
obligations which inhere in the Commission of Christ to His Church to
make known the Gospel of Christ to every kindred and tongue and tribe
and nation," calls upon all of its churches and all Christians
related to it to work and pray for the unfinished task of carrying the
Gospel into all the world.
This Council strongly urges that every Bible-believing Christian accept
this task in the hope of actually seeking to take the Gospel to every
country and individual which has not yet received it, and of seeking
to meet and lead to Christ those for whom He died, so that it would
indeed glorify our Lord.
This Council further calls upon the missionaries of the Cross to advance
the Gospel by every means at their disposal and to join with the true
missionaries of every land in beseeching the Lord of the harvest that
He would send forth laborers in these dark days.
This Council calls upon all member churches and Christian bodies affiliated
with the ICCC to seek to honor the Great Commission as they have committed
themselves to obedience to the Word of God. This Council declares that
it is the responsibility of missionaries and their supporting agencies
not only to win converts and establish new churches but also to seek
to save churches, or as large a proportion of churches as possible,
from apostasy and compromise which are engulfing so many.
This Council rejoices in all the work of faithful, Bible-believing missionaries
and commends their labors to the Lord Jesus Christ the Head of the Church
for His blessing. And further, this Council prays that strong indigenous
churches, self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating, may develop
which will come and take their place alongside of the churches and Christian
bodies which presently comprise the membership of the International
Council of Christian Churches and that this Council may indeed be a
fellowship of Bible-believing churches for the glory of our great God