The chief organiser of a historic mission conference in Edinburgh next year is optimistic the gathering will achieve “lasting good” for world Christianity.

Edinburgh 2010 will bring together 250 mission leaders from across the globe when it takes place in the Scottish capital next June. Another 900 local and international visitors will join in a time of worship on the last day.

The five-day conference commemorates the centenary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, during which 1,200 Protestant missionaries deliberated the prospects for world evangelisation.

Edinburgh 2010 will be joined by representatives of the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Pentecostal traditions, including the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, who will deliver a keynote address.

Organisers say they hope new perspectives for Christian mission in the 21st century will emerge.

Chair of the Edinburgh 2010 General Council and minister at the city’s Greenside Parish Church, the Rev Andrew Anderson, said Edinburgh 2010 was “unprecedented” in the spread of denominations coming together to envision world mission.

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