Church of Christ in Thailand

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Church of Christ in Thailand
Abbreviation CCT
Formation 1934
Type Protestant Denomination
Headquarters 328 Phaya Thai Road,
Petchaburi Road Sub-District, Ratchatewi District, Bangkok
Bangkok 10400
Membership 123,581 (2012)[1]
Moderator Rev. Boonrat Buayen
Website http://www.cct.or.th/cctweb/

The Church of Christ in Thailand (C.C.T.)(Thai: สภาคริสตจักรในประเทศไทย) 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.[2]

History[edit]

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, many of which were started by missionaries from the American Presbyterian Mission Board. 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.

Demographics[edit]

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. CCT consists of Thai, Chinese, Karen, and English-speaking congregations.[3]

Theology[edit]

The CCT is a member of the World Council of Churches,[4] the World Communion of Reformed Churches[5] and the Christian Conference of Asia and is often regarded as a "mainline" ecumenical denomination. The CCT maintains fraternal ties with the PCUSA and receives fraternal mission workers from that American denomination. However, despite the influence of liberal theology and ecumenical concerns at the top leadership levels in the period following World War 2, such trends did not have a large impact on the majority of CCT pastors and church members.[6] Today, the beliefs and practices of the majority of CCT leaders and members are broadly evangelical. Its church government is a relatively centralized mixture of Presbyterian, Disciples, and Baptist polities.

Social Work[edit]

The Church of Christ in Thailand is engaged in active social efforts (health care, education) and ecumenical movements in local society.[7] In 2004 - 2005 the association took active part in relief efforts after the natural disaster of boxing day tsunami.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cct.or.th/cctweb/index.php/cctstatistic/cctchurchstatistic/196-cctchurchstatistic2012 www.cct.or.th/cctweb/index.php/cctstatistic/cctchurchstatistic/196-cctchurchstatistic2012
  2. ^ Accepting the Christian faith in Thailand, Christian Research Association
  3. ^ http://www.pcimissionoverseas.org/partners/item/18/church-of-christ-in-thailand-cct/ www.pcimissionoverseas.org/partners/item/18/church-of-christ-in-thailand-cct/
  4. ^ Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA companions in Thailand
  5. ^ http://www.wcrc.ch/node/164
  6. ^ Kim, Samuel. "The Unfinished Mission in Thailand," Seoul: East-West Center for Missions, 1980.
  7. ^ World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Alliance leader praises Thai Church for ecumenical outreach, April 2006
  8. ^ Church World Service News, January 2005

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