In the early 1970's, the Namibian churches entered into a loose alliance, the Christian Centre, which had a dual role: to speak with a united voice against injustice on behalf of the voiceless; and to initiate relief projects for the poor. This initiative was later revamped and its scope broadened and, as a result, the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) was formed in 1978. CCN provided further opportunities for the various church denominations to come together to share their experience and make joint statements on matters of common interest. CCN is a reconciling, healing and caring fellowship of Christian churches, united in service to society.
The CCN is an ecumenical body whose concerns extend from religious to social and educational matters. It was originally made up of the following churches: African Methodist Episcopal Church(AME); Anglican Diocese of Namibia; Evangelical Lutheran Church in SWA/Namibia (ELC); Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN); Methodist Church; and Roman Catholic Church (RCC).
Core values of CCN include
- Upholding the dignity of all people as created in God's image
- Being committed stewards of resource entrusted to them
- Networking and partnership with other stakeholders
- Promoting study of the Bible and obedience to Christ
- Standing for accountability, transparency, visionary leadership and unity in diversity
- Commitment to reconciliation
- Advocating for justice and human right
- Aspiring to be a sustainable Council