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date: 22 August 2019

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Councils of Churches are perhaps the most important instruments of the modern ecumenical movement, which works for the visible unity of Christians. This chapter describes the nature and ecclesiological significance of councils of churches, arguing that the essence of any council is the growing relationship of the member churches to one another. The focus of the chapter is on councils at the national and regional levels. It briefly surveys the history of these councils, and considers the challenges they now face with regard to their membership, programme, finances, accountability, and also with regard to their relationships with other Christian movements and organizations.

Keywords: ecumenical movement, councils of churches, national, regional, ecclesiological significance, challenges, membership, finances, relationships, accountability

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