“For twenty years, the delegated representatives of the Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic churches . . . have sought to uncover a global, multilateral and ecumenical vision of the nature, purpose, and mission of the Church.”—from the Preface
Developed and elaborated by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches in countless meetings and drafts, The Church ambitiously builds on centuries of reflection about Christian community and addresses specifically the church’s mission, its unity, its being in the Trinitarian life of God, its life in faith and sacraments and ministry, its authority and role in the world—all fuelled by a theologically profound vision that frames Christian discipleship in communion with God and each other.
“The WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order presents to us a gift…. It will have an important role in the coming years for discerning the next steps toward visible unity.”—Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches General Secretary