National Council of Churches in India

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National Council of Churches in India
Motto Towards Just and Inclusive Communities (Quadrennial Theme)
Formation 1914,[1] India
Type NGO
Purpose Ecumenism
Headquarters Nagpur
Membership (2015)
Official language
Secretary General
Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad,[2] PCI
Rev. Dr. P.C. Singh,[2] Church of North India
Vice President
Rev. D.R. Sadananda[2] (Church of South India)
Vice President
Ms. Leena Thomas[2] (Marthoma Syrian Church)
Vice President
Mr. Liju Jacob Kuriakose[2] (Jacobite Syrian Christian Church)
Subsidiaries 30
Affiliations World Council of Churches,[3]
Christian Conference of Asia,
South Asian Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches,
Council for World Mission,
Lutheran World Federation,
World Association for Christian Communication

National Council of Churches in India or NCCI is an ecumenical organisation of the Protestant and Orthodox Churches in India.[4] NCCI is a member of ACT Development, a global alliance of churches and related agencies.

The organisation is considered to be fairly liberal, adopting a relatively tolerant position on homosexuality, which it considers "a natural or genetical reality".[5]

For operational efficiency, the NCCI works through seven thematic commissions related to the objectives of the organisation, as well as the agencies and autonomous bodies that have evolved from the NCCI

  • Commissions.[6]
    • Commission on Policy, Governance and Public Witness,
    • Commission on Unity, Mission, Evangelism,
    • Commission on Justice, Peace, Creation,
    • Commission On Communications and Relations,
    • Commission On Adivasis and Tribals,
    • Commission On Dalits,
    • Commission on Youth,

In addition to the Commissions of the NCCI, the following organisations have evolved out of the NCCI and operate independently,

List of General Secretaries

(Period, Name of the General Secretary )


The NCCI has a membership from the Protestant and Orthodox Church societies as well as national organisations and the internal wings of the NCCI.

Church societies[10][edit]

Other national societies[11][edit]

Regional Councils of Churches[12][edit]

  • Andhra Pradesh Council of Churches,
  • Bengal Christian Council,
  • Bihar Council of Churches,
  • Chhattisgarh Christian Council,
  • Gujarat Council of Churches,
  • Jharkhand Council of Churches,
  • Karnataka Christian Council,
  • Kerala Council of Churches,
  • Madhya Pradesh Christian Council,
  • Maharashtra Council of Churches,
  • North East India Christian Council,
  • North West Frontier Christian Council,
  • North West India Council of Churches,
  • Santalia Council of Churches,
  • Tamil Nadu Christian Council,
  • Telangana Council of Churches,
  • Utkal Christian Council,
  • Uttar Pradesh Council of Churches,


  1. ^ Leonard Fernando, G. Gispert-Sauch, Christianity in India: Two Thousand Years of Faith, Penguin/Viking, New Delhi, 2004, p.176. [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e NCCI, About us
  3. ^ NCCI networks
  4. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  5. ^ Protestants support gay rights
  6. ^ NCCI Commissions
  7. ^ NCCI Affiliates and Network - Relates agencies
  8. ^ NCCI autonomous bodies
  9. ^ a b UCA News, National Council of Churches Has Well-known Theologian as New General Secretary, India, January 12, 2005. [2]
  10. ^ NCCI Affiliates and Network - Member Churches
  11. ^ NCCI Affiliates and Network - All India Christian organisations
  12. ^ NCCI Affiliates and Network - Regional Christian Councils