The Christian Conference of Asia

The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 16 National Councils and over 100 churches/denominations in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.


The name of the Organisation is Christian Conference of Asia (hereinafter referred to as the CCA). It was constituted by the
decisions of Christian churches, national councils of churches and national Christian councils whose representatives met at Prapat, Indonesia, in March 1957, and was inaugurated at the Assembly in 1959 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The CCA was known as the East Asia Christian Conference from its inauguration until the Fifth Assembly in Singapore in June 1973.

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, the CCA exists as an organ and a forum of continuing co-operation among the churches and national Christian bodies in Asia within the framework of the wider ecumenical movement. The CCA is committed to the equal participation of women, men, youth, clergy and laity in church and society. To achieve this purpose, the CCA shall have the following objectives and will act in accordance with the principles of policy on participation and representation below:


  • 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 world;
  • The encouragement of Asian contributions 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 promotion 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 action;
  • The development of effective Christian responses 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.

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