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World Council of Churches

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Part of the The Statesman's Yearbook book series (SYBK)

The World Council of Churches was formally constituted on 23 Aug. 1948 in Amsterdam. In Feb. 2018 member churches numbered 348 from more than 110 countries.

Origin. The World Council was founded by the coming together of Christian movements, including the overseas mission groups gathered from 1921 in the International Missionary Council, the Faith and Order Movement, and the Life and Work Movement. On 13 May 1938, at Utrecht, a provisional committee was appointed to prepare for the formation of a World Council of Churches.

Membership.The basis of membership (1975) states: ‘The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of Churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’ Membership is open to Churches which express their agreement with this basis and satisfy such criteria as the Assembly or Central Committee may prescribe....

Further Reading

  1. Castro, E., A Passion for Unity. 1992Google Scholar
  2. Van Elderen, M. and Conway, M., Introducing the World Council of Churches. 1991Google Scholar

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