The journey to Ghana 2013 began in 2010 at the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission. Celebrating 100 years of progress since Edinburgh 1910, the theme of the consultation was "Making disciples of every people in our generation.
Sensing that God was speaking to his global church to make the discipline of all peoples a priority for this generation, the African delegates to Tokyo 2010 decided to bring the spirit and vision of the consultation to the continent of Africa with the theme Discipline the Nations.
The international committee was composed of many of the organizers and partners of the Tokyo 2010 gathering, including the Third World Missions Association, the Global Network of Mission Structures, the Nigerian Evangelical Missions Association, the US Center for World Mission, MissioNexus, and the Asia Missions Association, among others. In September 25th to 28th, the Accra consultation was held. In order to move the mission force further, the African delegates unanimously inaugurated Africa Mission Associations to define the shift in mission endeavor in the coming years. This is the initiative aimed at creating a move that will make Africa a sending force after receiving missionaries from the western world for centuries.
About 500 church and missions leaders from more than 45 countries gathered in September for the Ghana 2013 Global Mission Consultation, a regional follow-up gathering to the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission Consultation held in commemoration of Edinburgh 1910.Following suit from Tokyo, delegates at Ghana 2013 issued a statement called the Ghana 2013 Challenge, focusing on four specific areas of concern to the African church: servant leadership, disciple making, social transformation, and the least reached.
The breadth dimension noted some amazing statistics about the Church in Africa, demonstrating the relevance of this conference: Today, the African church has more than 180 million evangelical Christians in over 2,500 reached people groups. Just under 700 unreached people groups remain in Africa, or 19% of the total, and 40% of these are already engaged by missionary teams. Africa represents 15% of the world’s population. By the end of the century, almost one in three people in the world will be African. Even more significant, by the year 2100, over half the world’s evangelicals will be in Africa.