Mission and Vision
World Christian Fellowship exists to influence a deeper understanding of God's global mission of reconciliation.
World Christian Fellowship creates spaces of reconciliation for divisions in the body of Christ on campus, thereby equipping students to work towards the unified global kingdom within and outside of Wheaton.
School Year Verse
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
Taken from the book From Wheaton to the Nations: The story of cross-cultural missionary outreach from Wheaton College, by David. M. Howard. You can purchase this book at the Wheaton College Bookstore.
“It was an electrifying moment. Wheaton College was in the midst of special services held twice each year in chapel. It was February 1936. The speaker, Dr. Robert McQuilkin, founder and president of Columbia Bible College, had been taken ill with the flu and was unable to speak. Dr. Walter Wilson of Kansas City filled in for him that day. As the chapel hour drew to a close, song leader Homer Hammontree was about to dismiss the meeting.
Suddenly a senior male student, Don Hillis, stood up and inquired what Christian students who truly love the Lord, should do to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit's power. He deplored the fear of emotionalism that he saw among many Wheaton students. He said he believed such fear was hindering the work of the Holy Spirit. Students responded to his earnest concern, and the chapel service became a prolonged period of confession of sin and praying to God for forgiveness that lasted until the evening service.
Thus began what came to be known as the Revival of 1936. By the final day of the week Dr. McQuilkin had recovered and brought the closing message. He gave a ringing challenge for missions to which scores of students responded, committing themselves to overseas service.
Wheaton students returned to the campus in the fall of 1936 with a new enthusiasm to follow through on what God had done in their hearts during the revival of the previous February. What had been the SVM (Student Volunteer Movement) chapter at Wheaton now became a charter member of the SFMF (Student Foreign Missions Fellowship). Students held weekly meetings of missions emphasis with outside speakers. Prayer groups based on geography were organized again, so that students concerned for a specific area of the world could pray together. Teams of students from Wheaton fanned out to colleges and Bible institutes in the Chicago area to share their vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
Since its founding in 1936, FMF has played a significant role on the Wheaton campus. During the post-World War II years it was the largest student organization, with attendance of up to 500 and sometimes even 700 or 800 for special events. Later it suffered from a decline of missions interest, which is chronicled elsewhere in this book. The name went through a series of changes, from FMF to SMF (Student Missions Fellowship, then Student Missions Forum), to WCF (William Carey Fellowship, which became World Christian Fellowship).”
World Christian Fellowship serves as a hub for prayer groups to invite students who are passionate about a country or people group to meet and pray on a regular basis. Prayer group subjects, times, and dates are featured below.
If you are interested in resources to pray for the nations on your own, One Way Ministries in Naperville offers Prayercast >> for Christians who are passionate about partnering with the global Church in prayer for our world. In their own words, “Prayercast is a viral community who seeks to coordinate and activate world-changing prayer. We are consumed with a fervency to exalt Christ and advance His gospel to the corners of the earth. To this we are fully committed. Ultimately our hope is that souls would be saved as the Body of Christ unites in prayer—and as He hears and intercedes on behalf of those prayers."
To accomplish this vision, Prayercast harnesses the fluidity of the internet with the strategic use of media, music and, of course, prayer. Every two weeks a new Prayercast will be featured, highlighting a specific world prayer need.
We ask that you commit to pray with us. Covenant to pray—consistently, aggressively, faithfully so that the kingdoms of this world may become the Kingdom of our Lord.
How To Use the Prayercast Site
Sign up to Prayercast via email or RSS to receive updates when a new Prayercast has been added. Included with each video is a downloadable prayer guide to use in your personal devotional time or to share with your small group. After meditating on each Prayercast, we encourage you to post your own prayer to the ‘Leave Your Prayer’ section of each post so that we can collectively submit the needs of each nation or topic to God. (Information taken from One Way Ministries Website)
Prayer Groups on Campus
Student Intercessory Prayer
Location: Gold Star Chapel (Lower Beamer)
Focus: This prayer group intercedes for various people and situations differing week-by-week. Often we also intercede on behalf of those who attend the prayer group.
For more resources on prayer, please visit the Prayercast website below to learn more about how you can praying for people all over the world.
Focus: This prayer group will pray over campus prayer requests and sends notes of encouragement to those who have asked for prayer.
Every three years, the Office of Christian Outreach (OCO) and World Christian Fellow (WCF) help to send Wheaton College undergraduate and graduate students to Urbana.
What is Urbana? . Urbana is a major Christian student missions conference sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The event is designed to inform Christian students about global issues and issues around the world that missionaries face. The Urbana conference happens only once every three years!
Last year, Urbana 18 sought to compel this generation to give their whole lives to God’s global mission.
Together with other students listening for God’s call on their lives, over 100 Wheaton student participants were challenged by speakers and enabled to speak with hundreds of missions organizations. Attendees were afforded an amazing selection of seminars. They were also able to participate in unique tracks, worship, and performing arts. Students also received prayer and studied the Bible inductively.
The Urbana 18 conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri December 27-31, 2018. If you are interested in attending, receiving a scholarship, or just finding out more about Urbana in 2021, please email email@example.com.