Center of Contextual Evangelism (CEC)
Missiological Center for Studies of the Practice of Contextual Evangelism
The Missiological Center for Studies of the Practice of Contextual Evangelism (CEC) is the intellectual property of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI), a missional cooperative ministry of the World Methodism Evangelism (WME) commission, the World Methodist Council, and of Candler School of Theology of Emory University, developed in partnership with pan-Wesleyan or pan-Methodist institutions in various parts of the world.
The operationalization of the CEC takes place from nine "vectors:" Confessional, Local, Institutional, Vocational, Academic, Literal, Relational, of Movement and Creative.
Although not belonging to a given single or specific ecclesiastical structure, the CEC is of Wesleyan confession, fraternally linked to the Methodist movement and bonded to educational institutions that offer confessional, strategic, and functional support.
The focus of the CEC is on local contexts, particularly churches that seek to be contextually transformative, and their approaches pay special attention to the critical and constructive understanding of theology and practice of integral mission and contextual evangelism in a pluralistic society.
The CEC is based on vital relationships with pan-Wesleyan teaching and training institutions (e.g., universities, colleges, seminars, institutes, schools, training centers or programs, etc.).
The CEC offers opportunities for reflection, understanding, and vocational matureness, in integral mission and evangelism aimed at pastors and laypeople, while gaining experience in the practice of sharing the faith through holistic and non-confrontational approaches.
In order to facilitate the obtaining of academic credits properly applicable to seminars, institutes, schools, training programs or schools of theology of participants regularly enrolled in their respective institutions, the CEC can provide certificates of participation in congresses, courses, seminars, lectures, symposia, consultations, weeks of study, etc., for the purpose of proving continuing education.
The CEC is also a fraternal space of nourishing relationships of friendship, mutual appreciation, and missionary and evangelistic cooperation of the Pan-Wesleyan family, in whatever context and conjuncture in which expression of this is located.
The CEC is also a fraternal space of nourishing relationships of friendship, mutual appreciation and missionary and evangelistic cooperation of the Pan-Wesleyan family, in whatever context and conjuncture in which an expression of this is located.
Connecting, encouraging, promoting mentoring spaces, offering resources, training and varied cross-cultural experiences of world evangelism, WMEI, through CECs, seeks to strengthen the pan-Methodist/Wesleyan family as a movement focused and guided by the Christian mission, situated in time and space, culture and conjuncture.
The CEC is concerned with serving as a laboratory of creative ideas and ways of sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and welcomes paths that foster creativity in communicating the faith.