Organizational structure

The structure of the Council reflects its identity as a fellowship of churches, organized in order to be an instrument for the pilgrimage towards unity.


The Assembly is the highest governing body of the World Council of Churches, meeting every eight years.

WCC Executive Committee

The Central Committee elects twenty of its members to serve as the Executive Committee of the WCC, meeting twice a year.

Presidents and leadership

Presidents of the World Council of Churches and the leadership of the WCC Central Committee


      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.

      General secretary

      Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca has been confirmed WCC acting general secretary until the end of December 2022, ensuring continuity in leadership to the WCC 11th Assembly.

      Related organizations

      Various types of organizations formed by churches play a vital part in the life of the ecumenical movement as a whole.