CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange are now Missio Nexus—Connecting the Great Commission Community of North America.
Missio Nexus was unveiled as the new name for the merged entity in Boston on February 6, 2012, at a Bi-Centennial Celebration of the commissioning of the first US missionaries sent out by a mission society.
CrossGlobal Link, formerly The IFMA, was founded as an association of independent faith missions in 1917. The Mission Exchange, formerly The EFMA, was birthed in 1946 out of the National Association of Evangelicals as an umbrella association for mission agencies including denominations.
On October 1, 2011, the memberships of CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange agreed to merge, forming a body representative of 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country by more than 200 agencies and churches.
“The merger has enabled us to create better synergy, more effective use of resources and eliminate needless competition and duplication of programs, products and services,” said Marv Newell, former executive director of CrossGlobal Link. ”We must have a united voice to honor God as we move forward in this ever-changing world.”
“After 159 cumulative years of operating as two distinct entities, we found ourselves in a ‘reset’ moment,” says Steve Moore, former president and CEO of The Mission Exchange. ”I believe we can capture the imagination of a new generation of great commission workers who recognize the urgency of the undertaking and the need for a more strategic streamlined structure for the future of North American missions.”
Connecting two organizations with 159 years of combined history and tradition requires a careful blend of respect for the past with a commitment to the future. It calls for a combination of timeless values and contemporary relevance, a full circle perspective that looks back and ahead all at the same time.