National Council of Churches in India

The National Council of Churches in India is an ecumenical forum for Protestant and Orthodox churches in India.[4]

National Council of Churches in India
MottoTowards Just and Inclusive Communities (Quadrennial Theme)
Formation1914,[1] India
ServicesNational Council of Churches Review (Journal)
Membership (2015)
Official language
Secretary General
Rev. Asir Ebenezer,[2] CSI
The Most Rev. P.C. Singh,[2] Church of North India
Vice President
Rev. D. R. Sadananda[2] (Church of South India)
Vice President
Ms. Leena Thomas[2] (Marthoma Syrian Church)
Vice President
Mr. Liju Jacob Kuriakose[2] (Jacobite Syrian Christian Church)
AffiliationsWorld Council of Churches,[3]
Christian Conference of Asia,
South Asian Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches,
Council for World Mission,
Lutheran World Federation,
World Association for Christian Communication


The Council was established in 1914 as the "National Missionary Council." In 1923, the Council constituted itself as the "National Christian Council of India, Burma and Ceylon," with the British ecumenist William Paton as its first general secretary.[5] The Councils of Burma and Sri Lanka separated, and in 1979 the Council transformed itself into what is known as the "National Council of Churches in India."


Today, it is an Inter-confessional autonomous Council and an ecumenical expression constantly initiating, promoting and coordinating various forms of ministries of Witness and Service in the wider community and society.[6] The Council also serves as a common platform for thought and action and as such it brings together the Churches and other Christian organisations for mutual consultation, assistance and action in all matters related to the life and witness of the Churches in India. The NCCI is committed to the Gospel values of Justice, Unity & Peace.[6]

The Council embraces, promotes and coordinates various kinds of activities for responsible life and witness, for upholding human dignity, for ecological and economic justice, for transparency and accountability, and for equity and harmony, through its constituent members and in partnership with civil society, NGOs, People’s Movements and well wishers at local, national and international levels.[6]

The member churches and the regional councils are the primary members of the council. The Assembly which is the supreme body meets every four years. The Executive Committee meets annually to oversee the work of the Council and also appoints the Working Committee which meets twice in a year to guide and monitor its activities.

The organisation is adopts a relatively tolerant position on homosexuality, which it considers "a natural or genetical reality".[7]


For operational efficiency, the NCCI works through four thematic concerns related to the objectives of the organisation, as well as the agencies and autonomous bodies that have evolved from the NCCI

  • Concerns[8]
    • Policy, Governance and Public Witness,
    • Dalit and Tribal/ Adivasi Concerns,
    • Women Concerns,
    • Youth Concerns,

In addition to the Concern of the NCCI, the following organisations have evolved out of the NCCI and operate independently,

List of General Secretaries

(Period, Name of the General Secretary )


The NCCI has a membership from the Protestant and Orthodox Church societies as well as national organisations and the internal wings of the NCCI.

Church societies[12]

Other national societies[13]

Regional Councils of Churches[14]

  • Andhra Pradesh Council of Churches
  • Bengal Christian Council
  • Bihar Council of Churches
  • Chhattisgarh Christian Council
  • Gujarat Council of Churches
  • Jharkhand Council of Churches
  • Karnataka Christian Council
  • Kerala Council of Churches
  • Madhya Pradesh Christian Council
  • Maharashtra Council of Churches
  • North East India Christian Council
  • North West Frontier Christian Council
  • North West India Council of Churches
  • Santalia Council of Churches
  • Tamil Nadu Christian Council
  • Telangana Council of Churches
  • Utkal Christian Council
  • Uttar Pradesh Council of Churches


  1. Leonard Fernando, G. Gispert-Sauch, Christianity in India: Two Thousand Years of Faith, Penguin/Viking, New Delhi, 2004, p.176.
  2. NCCI, About us
  3. NCCI networks
  4. "NCCI". NCCI. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  5. Jackson, Eleanor M. "Paton, William (1886-1943)". Boston University, History of Missiology. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  6. "Introduction". NCCI. 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  7. "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage - Protestants support gay rights".
  8. Ministries, National Council of Churches in India
  9. NCCI Affiliates and Network - Relates agencies
  10. NCCI autonomous bodies
  11. UCA News, National Council of Churches Has Well-known Theologian as New General Secretary, India, January 12, 2005.
  12. NCCI Affiliates and Network - Member Churches
  13. NCCI Affiliates and Network - All India Christian organisations
  14. NCCI Affiliates and Network - Regional Christian Councils

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