A Methodist layman, he combined a deep religious faith; evangelistic zeal; power over public assemblies; and compelling, convincing speech. At twenty-three he became student secretary of the International Committee of the YMCA. Sensing the need for greater coordination of student work, he founded in Sweden the World’s Student Christian Federation. After the epoch-making Edinburgh Conference Mott served as chairman of the Continuation Committee. When the International Missionary Council was created in 1921, he served for twenty years as its first chairman. No man led more to the spread of the Christian unity that led to the World Council of Churches.
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