The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world’s Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.
At the end of 2012, there were 345 member churches. While the bulk of the WCC’s founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.
All activities of the WCC are rooted in a threefold vision for transformation of the church and world. This vision is to live out Christian unity more fully, live as churches being neighbours to all while addressing threats to the human community and encouraging churches to take greater care of creation through protection of the earth and its people.
Today the WCC focuses its work in six programme areas: 1) The WCC and the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century, 2) Unity, 3) Mission, 4) Evangelism and Spirituality, 5) Public Witness: Addressing Power, Affirming Peace, Justice, Diakonia and Responsibility for Creation, 6) Education and Ecumenical Formation and 7) Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation.