Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Alliance, an association of Evangelical Christians in a union, not of churches, but of individuals belonging to different denominations and different countries. It was formed to give evidence of the unity existing among Evangelical believers and to advance such unity. The Alliance was founded in 1846 in London, at a conference in which some 50 denominations were represented by several hundred clergymen and laymen, gathered from many parts of the world. Branches have been organized in various countries. An American branch was established in 1867. In 1908 the American Alliance was replaced by the Federal Council of Churches, which was superseded in 1950 by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. The largest association is the one first formed in Great Britain, which in 1923 became known as the World's Evangelical Alliance.

See A. J. Arnold, History of the Evangelical Alliance (1897); J. W. Ewing, Goodly Fellowship: A Centenary Tribute to the Life and Work of the World's Evangelical Alliance, 1846-1946 (1946).

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is a global association with its leadership office in Vancouver, Canada, which serves as a network for evangelical organizations and denominations around the world.

Founded in London in 1951, the World Evangelical Alliance has its roots in the launch, in 1846 of the Evangelical Alliance in the UK and currently claims "WEA is a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 420 million evangelical Christians" The governing body of the World Evangelical Alliance is the Executive Council, whose membership is drawn from among member organizations around the world.

A General Assembly meets every four years to formulate a program for the Alliance, which is then carried out through the office of the International Director, and by the staff of WEA's various commissions and ministry departments.

Regional Organizations

Association of Evangelicals of Africa (AEA)

European Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Fellowship of Asia

National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka

Evangelical Association of the Caribbean

Evangelical Fellowship of the South Pacific (EFSP)

Latin American Evangelical Fellowship (FIDE)

North American Council, WEA =National Association of Evangelicals

Evangelical Fellowship of Egypt (EFE)

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