World Methodist Council (WMC)
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Founded at international Ecumenical Methodist Conference in Wesley's Chapel. Conferences were held subsequently at 10-year intervals. Present name and new statutes adopted 1951, Oxford (UK), when frequency of meetings changed to 5-year intervals. Constitution changed: Aug 1961, Oslo (Norway); 1971, Denver CO (USA); 2011, Durban (South Africa).
Link the family of Methodist and related United Churches around the world; deepen the fellowship of Methodist peoples and their unity of witness; strengthen international ties, promote understanding, clarify theological and moral standards and identify priorities for the Methodist movement; strengthen the love of members for Jesus Christ as Lord and for each other as brothers and sisters in the faith; increase awareness whereby this love finds expression in keeping with the life and ministry of John Wesley to proclaim the Gospel and serve Christ in the world; advance unity of theological moral standards; encourage evangelism; promote Christian education and the care for youth; relieve persecuted or needy Christian minorities; provide a means for consultation and cooperation on an international level; study union and reunion proposals.
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Council (meeting every 5 years, at time of World Methodist Conference) comprises 500 members designated by member Churches. Executive Committee, consisting of members elected by Council from among its members plus: Presidium of up to 8 Presidents (no 2 from any one church) plus Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer. Other Officers: Past Chairpersons; President of the World Federation of Methodist Women. Head Office at Lake Junaluska NC (USA); Sections (2): World Methodist Committee of the British Methodist Church; World Methodist Council North American Section. Special Commissions. Standing Committees (8). Operational Committees (3): Finance; Nominating; Programme. World Exchange Programme. Officers meet annually. Executive Committee and Standing Committees meet periodically between Council meetings.
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