International Missionary Council

The International Missionary Council (IMC) encouraged ecumenical cooperation in support of world evangelization during the first half of the 20th century.  Impetus for founding the IMC came from the 1910 Edinburgh World Mission Conference; the organization linked the agencies and councils of sending countries with organizations representing those involved in on-the-ground missionary work.  The IMC proved especially valuable in mediating potential territorial disputes and collating information on the global state of missions.  It also helped members respond to issues like slavery, racial discrimination, and education, and it coordinated the publication of the International Review of Mission.  In 1961 the International Missionary Council was subsumed into the World Council of Churches as the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, which facilitated organizational networking, and the Division on World Mission and Evangelism, which took over IMC's programs and initiatives.