Kerala Council of Churches

Kerala Council of Churches

“ The Kerala Council of Churches (KCC) is autonomous and inter-confessional, comprising Churches in Kerala and Christian organizations. It is a constituent member of the National Council of Churches, India (NCCI). It is established on the principle that the Churches can fulfill their common task of witness and service best in a fellowship with one another for the extension of the Kingdom of God. The Council is the primary ecumenical expression in Kerala, which embraces, promotes and co-ordinates the various forms of the church’s ministry to the society. As such, it brings together the Churches and other Christian organizations for mutual consultation, mutual assistance and cooperative action in all matters related to Christian endeavour

The present day KCC had its humble beginning in the year 1940 as the Kerala Regional Christian Conference, an auxiliary of the Madras representative Christian Council which in turn had been the South India Unit of National Christian Council. The first, second and third General Assemblies of the conference were held in Kollam in 1940, 1941, 1943. The third Biennial Conference was held in 1945 at Kottayam. In 1946 Kerala Christian council became a constituent member of the National Christian Council. In1983 Kerala Christian Council was re-christened as Kerala Council of Churches. At present KCC is the common united forum of 13 Churches and 20 Ecumenical Organizations/Institutions, synthesizing the ST. Thomas, Orthodox, Missionary and indigenous Traditions. and continue to serve as the regional council of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI)