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CCA at a Glance
Christian Conference of Asia began as the East Asia Christian
Conference, which was constituted by a decision of churches,
national councils of churches and national Christian councils whose
representatives met at Prapat, Indonesia, in March 1957. It was
inaugurated at an assembly at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May 1959.
In the light of changing circumstances the 1973 Assembly, meeting in
Singapore, agreed to change the name to Christian Conference of Asia
(CCA). In doing so, it retained the purpose of the East Asia
Christian Conference and provided for continuing work along the same
or similar lines.
Believing that the purpose of God for the church in Asia is life
together in a common obedience of witness to the mission of God in
the world, CCA exists as an organ and a forum of continuing
cooperation among the churches and national Christian bodies in Asia
within the framework of the wider ecumenical movement.
CCA is committed to the equal participation of women, men, youth,
clergy and laity in church and society.
As a regional ecumenical movement, the Christian Conference of Asia
continues to strive for:
the promotion and
strengthening of the unity of the church in Asia
the exploration of
opportunities and the promotion of joint action for the
fulfillment of the mission of God in Asia and throughout the
the encouragement of an
Asian contribution to Christian thought, worship and action
throughout the world
the development of mutual
awareness, fellowship and sharing among the churches in the
region, and of relationships with other regional ecumenical
organisations and the World Council of Churches
the promotional of common
study and action in such fields as evangelism, service, social
and human development and international relations
the stimulation of
initiatives and experiments in dynamic Christian living and
the development of
effective Christian response to the challenges of the changing
societies of Asia
the development and
promotion of relationships with people of other faiths in Asia
the protection of human
dignity and the promotion of caring for the creation.
CCA seeks to act, from deep spirituality and theology, as a
facilitating agent for dialogue and action on issues of common
concern and for the breaking down of barriers that separate and
cause division between the peoples of Asia.
Its current priorities include:
engaging and sustaining
efforts to deepen, strengthen and enliven the koinonia of Asian
churches and Christian communities
making more real the
'inclusive character of the ecumenical fellowship'
healing some of the
unfortunate divisions and separations that have occurred in the
life of Asian churches and society as a result of past political
and ideological conflicts
formation in order to make the ecumenical movement a reality to
Asian churches, Christian groups and society
pursuing further the
expansion of the ecumenical fellowship in Asia to involve both
Roman Catholics and evangelical churches and communities
ecumenical vision, thought and action in regard to the emerging
challenges in the life of Asia and of Asia's place in the world.
Churches joining the CCA are those that confess the Lord Jesus
Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and that
therefore seek to fulfil their common calling to the one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. National councils or similar bodies
joining CCA must be councils or bodies that approve this basis.
The CCA family includes the membership of 17 National Councils and
over 100 Churches/denominations in 21 countries:-
Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Nepal, Japan,
Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and
Thailand, Timor Lorosae.
The quinquennial Assembly, where delegates chosen by member councils
and churches meet for a time of fellowship and enrichment as well as
to set forth the priorities and programs for the next five years, is
the supreme policy-making body, under Christ.
The General Committee is elected by the Assembly. It is composed of
the elected officers and one representative from each country
represented in CCA. It has the powers of the Assembly between
Assembly meetings and normally meets in the year of the Assembly,
and thereafter at least once in eighteen months.
The Executive Committee is elected by the General Committee and is
composed of officers and three to five members of the General
Committee. It meets in the years when the General Committee is not
meeting and other times as required by the General Committee.
There are three program cluster committees elected by the Assembly.
Gender Justice and Youth Formation (EGY)
Faith, Mission and Unity (FMU)
Affairs and Development and Service (JID)
The program cluster committees
are responsible to develop and implement the programs in accordance
with the mandate of the General Assembly and the guidelines provided
by the General Committee. Each program committee, accountable to the
General Committee, is served by a staff person, and is presided over
by a moderator chosen by the Assembly.
The General Secretariat coordinates Special Programmes to deal with
urgent needs and emerging trends. The relevant program cluster
and/or consultants assists the General Secretariat in organising and
running these Special Programmes. There are currently two Special
Programmes under the General Secretariat;
HIV and Aids Concerns
Emergency and Solidarity
The work and programmes of CCA are supported through contributions from CCA member churches and councils and
other ecumenical partners.
In the context of the ecumenical task of the church, CCA continues
to strive for mutual and reciprocal relationships with other
ecumenical bodies, both global and regional, so that the common
witness of the churches in Asia is fostered for the benefit of the
peoples of Asia.