The youth advisors, appointed to a 2023-2030 term, will endeavor to strengthen the voice of young people in the work of the central committee.
The number of proposed advisors—17—is meant to achieve the target of 25% youth participation in the central committee. Every proposed youth advisor was either a participant at the WCC 11th Assembly or was nominated by their church for the Young People in the Ecumenical Movement Commission.
The central committee also approved commission bylaws and elected commission leaders for each of the six WCC commissions. The governing body elected by consensus the following moderators:
Commission on Faith and Order
Moderator: Prof. Dr Stephanie Dietrich, Church of Norway
Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
Moderator: Rev. Michael Blair, United Church of Canada
Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation
Moderator: Rev. Dr Meehyun Chung, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Vice-moderator: Dr Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa, Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa
Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Moderator: Dr Mathews George Chunakara, general secretary of Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)
Young People in the Ecumenical Movement Commission
Moderator: Karen Erina Puimera, Gereja Protestan di Indonesia Bagian Barat
Commission on Health and Healing
Moderator: Dr Stavros Kofinas, Ecumenical Patriarchate
Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church
Co-moderator: H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin)
Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostal Churches
Co-moderator: Rev. Dr Jennifer Leath, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration (PCCC)
Moderators: Bishop Sally Dyck, United Methodist Church, and H.E. Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Ecumenical Patriarchate
Commission on Climate Change and Sustainable Development
The WCC central committee also adopted bylaws for a new Commission on Climate Change and Sustainable Development proposed by the WCC 11th Assembly.
The bylaws were developed with reference to other WCC commission bylaws, based on best practices.
The central committee also asked “the general secretary to inform the member churches about the creation of a new commission and request nominations.”