Church of Christ in Thailand
The Church of Christ in Thailand (C.C.T.) is a Protestant Christian association. It is the largest Protestant denomination in Thailand and is considered to be the largest by group of Protestant members in Thailand.
It was founded in 1934 as the Church in Siam with the intent of forming a single ecumenical denomination to include all Protestant churches in Thailand. Other than a small number of American Baptist and British Churches of Christ congregations, most of the original member churches were originally Presbyterian congregations. The merger also included Lutherans from the German Marburger Mission. The C.C.T. originally had seven districts, six geographical and one ethnic Chinese. Except for a brief period during World War II, Presbyterian missionary influence remained predominant in the C.C.T. until the late-1970s.
Since 1990, the denomination has experienced a major demographic shift. Tribal churches, mostly Baptist in origin, now account for about half of its total number of around 130,000 communicant members. The C.C.T. is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia and is generally recognized to be a "mainline" ecumenical denomination. Its church government is a relatively centralized mixture of Presbyterian, Disciples, and Baptist polities.
CCT consists of Thai, Chinese, Karen, and English-speaking congregations. It is a member of the World Council of Churches.
- Accepting the Christian faith in Thailand, Christian Research Association
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA companions in Thailand
- World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Alliance leader praises Thai Church for ecumenical outreach, April 2006
- Church World Service News, January 2005
- http://www.cct.or.th Website of the Church of Christ in Thailand (Thai only)
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