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WCC Central Committee

The Central Committee is elected by the Assembly from among its delegates and serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly, meeting every 2 years. It is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the Assembly, reviewing and supervising WCC programmes and adopting the budget of the Council.
WCC Central Committee

The World Council of Churches Central Committee elected in Busan 2013

The Central Committee is elected by the Assembly from among its delegates and serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly, meeting every 2 years. It is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the Assembly, reviewing and supervising WCC programmes and the budget of the Council. The Assembly elects the presidents of the WCC, who serve as members of the Central Committee. The Executive Committee (including the officers) is elected by the Central Committee and normally meets twice a year. The general secretary serves ex officio as secretary of the Central and Executive Committees.

List of members of the WCC Central Committee elected at the WCC 10th Assembly (pdf)

2014 meeting

A new Central Committee was elected by the WCC 10th Assembly from among its delegates in November 2013. At its first full meeting, from 2 to 8 July 2014, the committee will review WCC programme planning for 2014-2017. The theme of the meeting is “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, reflecting the final message of the 10th Assembly which said, “We intend to move together. Challenged by our experiences in Busan, we challenge all people of good will to engage their God-given gifts in transforming actions. This Assembly calls you to join us in pilgrimage.”

Central Committee 2014 landing page

2012 meeting

From 28 August to 5 September 2012, the WCC Central Committee met for the last time before the WCC 10th Assembly in 2013. The meeting took place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari, Greece, at the invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Central Committee 2012 website

2011 meeting

During its 16 to 22 February 2011 meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, the Central Committee decided on the theme of the next WCC assembly: “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, which will take place in Busan, South Korea, in 2013, is expected to "gather all churches and offer expanded space to partner ecumenical organizations".

Central Committee 2011 website

2009 meeting

During its meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26 August to 2 September 2009, the Central Committee has elected Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to succeed Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia as general secretary of the World Council of Churches. The Central Committee also decided on the venue and shape of the next WCC assembly.

Visit the Central Committee 2009 website

2008 meeting

At its 13-20 February 2008 meeting in Geneva, the WCC Central Committee chose the venue for the 2011 International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, achieved progress towards a broader WCC assembly, welcomed new member churches, appointed a search committee for a new general secretary and celebrated the Council's 60th anniversary. The WCC main governing body also put its stamp on a number of public statements, policy concerns and programme plans.

Visit the Central Committee 2008 website

2006 meeting

The Central Committee meeting 2006 (Geneva, 30 August - 6 September 2006) was the first meeting of the new committee, elected in February 2006 at the 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It decided on programme plans and a renewed organizational structure, and appointed a series of advisory bodies.  

Visit the Central Committee 2006 website