missionary conference for evangelism.
R. Mott, an American Methodist, presided at the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary
Edinburgh 1910 was
both the culmination of nineteenth-century missions and the formal beginning
of modern ecumenism. Protestant
denominations and missionary
societies from around the world sent 1,200 representatives to Edinburgh,
Scotland. John R. Mott, American Methodist and leader of the Student Volunteer
Movement for foreign missions, was conference chair. The conferees took
stock of the gains made since 1810 in evangelism, Bible translation, mobilizing
church support, and training indigenous leaders. Looking to the future,
conferees worked on strategies for worldwide evangelism and cooperation.
The conference led to the founding of several ecumenical projects and
agencies, including the World Council of Churches in 1948.