Ecclesiology and Mission

Communion has been the hermeneutical framework for comprehending the nature and mission of the Church. Despite differences in understanding and applying the concept, and divisions over a number of theological questions, churches ascribing to it, have developed a common theological language and share a considerable common ground.

Increased migration in Europe has been changing the ecclesial landscape. European churches with historical longevity have now spread into new contexts. Vibrant Evangelical and Pentecostal churches are growing, charismatic movements are emerging, and ancient Oriental churches are finding a new home in European societies.

In view of this reality, CEC facilitates theological dialogue among its Member Churches  and National Councils of Churches to examine their understanding of Church unity and witness in conversation with “migrant” and “minority ethnic” churches in Europe.

CEC’s work in this area is founded on the Charta Œcumenica, a joint document of CEC and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) signed by the presidents of the two organisations in 2001. The document seeks to strengthen fellowship among churches. Learn more and read here responses to the Charta Œcumenica presented by our Member ChurchesNational Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership.

For the period 2018 to 2023 our work focuses on the following areas:

  • Evaluating the impact of the Charta Œcumenica
  • Facilitating dialogue on questions of ecclesiology and mission
  • Exploring Christian unity together with “migrant” and “minority ethnic” churches
  • Studying the mutual recognition of baptism in Europe


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