At the time of integration, the organisational decision was made to keep the DICA and the DWME as separate divisions within the integrated council, which failed to deal with the fundamental problem of the relationship between the DICA and the IMC.
After integration, Newbigin persistently reminded the central committee of the need to overhaul the provisional nature of the WCC to "make the whole world council an organ of solidarity between the churches in mission and service." (22) However this did not take place, nor did Newbigin's other request, that the former IMC national councils become formally related to the whole WCC and not merely through the channel of the DWME. The WCC remained a council of churches, marginalising the national councils bequeathed by the IMC.
In retrospect, while serving as first director of the DWME and editor of the IRM, Newbigin expressed how pressing this issue had been: "No other issue loomed as large as this in the discussions leading to the integration of the two councils.
While the CSI has survived and flourished in spite of disappointments with the failure to create its counterpart in North India, the DWME
has largely been eviscerated by what Newbigin calls the Rapid Social Change thinking in the Western churches, to be reinforced by cultural relativism.
The important work in the five years of being a sponsored agency of DWME
was extended until the fifth assembly of the WCC in Nairobi.
Paul Loeffler, a missionary from Germany working in India, was called to be the first secretary of that office.(3) In July 1965, under Loeffler, the DWME set up an Advisory Group on Urban and Industrial Mission (AGUIM), whose tasks included providing assistance and guidance for strengthening and developing urban and industrial projects, and promoting ecumenical study and dialogue about the goals, presuppositions and methods of urban-industrial work as it was being undertaken in different parts of the world.(4)
1 The Division of World Mission and Evangelism (DWME), later renamed the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), evolved from the International Missionary Council (IMC) which had its roots in the historic ecumenical mission conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910.
The IMC was integrated with the WCC, and became the Division on World Mission and Evangelism (DWME), later to become the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), in 1971.(27) The integration of the IMC into the World Council of Churches, while it did not resolve all the questions surrounding the relation between church and mission, symbolized the process toward a deeper insight into the place of mission at the heart of the church.(28)
The DWME prepared the next world mission conference, which was held in Mexico City, 1963.