Kuki Christian Church
|Kuki Christian Church|
|Orientation||Trinity, New Testament Christianity|
|Moderator||Administrative Secretary T. Lunkim|
|Associations||World Council of Churches,|
World Alliance of Reformed Churches,
Council for World Mission,
Christian Conference of Asia,
Communion of Churches in India,
National Council of Churches in India
|Region||Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam|
The Kuki Christian Church (KCC) is an association which is part of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI). Through the NCCI, the KCC is part of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Kuki Christian Church has a record of almost 80 baptisms per month. The church, which began as part of the Christian Restoration Movement, has grown into a large congregational church with a presence in four of the seven northeastern states of India.
Church and state
KCC is not against the political aspirations of the Kuki people, but it is opposed to unbiblical ideologies and means to attain those aspirations. Affirming state-church separation, KCC resolved not to participate in state- or political-group-sponsored programs that undermine state-church separation.[not in citation given]
Missions and affiliated organizations
Gospel Mission Society
- International Fields: Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh
- National Fields: Sikkim, Tripura, Assam, Nagaland-Assam border
- Fields in Manipur: Non-locals in Imphal and mission work among the Meiteis
- Fields in partnership with other mission agencies: West Bengal, Bangalore, Manipur, Nsong, Mumbai, and Delhi.
Kuki Christian Khangthah
The Kuki Christian Khangthah (KCK), the youth wing of the congregation (formerly Khangthah Christian Kiloikhom) was established in 1982. It celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2007 at Phaipijang Christian Church, Dimapur, Nagaland Synod. The objective of KCK is to help youth members share their faith with others and develop second-line leadership for evangelism, organizing seminars and training annually. A notable contribution by the KCK is in the area of music. The department also emphasizes sports ministry and social seminars to reach youth outside the church.
Kuki Christian Church is governed by the Assembly of the Synods. Each synods has an executive secretary, and an annual conference takes place where moderators and leaders of the assembly are chosen by representatives of the synods. The head of the congregation is T. Lunkim.
The synods and their headquarters are:
- Kuki Christian Church, Nagaland Synod, Mission Compound, Molvom
- Kuki Christian Church, Tripura Synod, Damcherra, North Tripura
- Kuki Christian Church, Assam Synod, Songpijang, NC Hills
- Kuki Christian Church, Manipur Synod, Dewlahlane, Imphal
In addition to evangelism and other church activities, the KCC gives equal importance to human-resource development with Christian values. The congregation has established Trulock Theological Seminary, Imphal, Manipur Synod. The seminary offers B.Th. and M.Div degrees. The congregation also operates a Christian hospital in Imphal, Manipur Synod. The KCC operates high schools in each of the four principal synods of the congregation: two in Nagaland, one in Tripura, two in Assam and five in Manipur.
After receiving permission from the British and Foreign Bible Society to translate the Bible into Thadou Kuki, G.C. Crozier, his wife M.B. Crozier and Pu Ngulhao Thomsong did so and in 1942 the complete version of New Testament (Thulhun Thah) was made available to the Kukis.
- "National Council of Churches, India". Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
- "WCC member churches". World Council of Churches. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Singson, Dongkho Thang. "The Kuki Christian Church of India". Southern Nazarene University Library. Retrieved 21 March 2013.(subscription required)
- "Truelock Theological Seminary". Conselho Mundial de Igrejas. Retrieved 21 March 2013.