National Council of Churches

The National Council of Churches (NCC), also known as the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, is a loosely bound cooperative of Christian churches that have joined together since 1950 to promote Christianity in the United States and to provide assistance in fighting social global problems such as poverty and hunger. The NCC boasts 45 million members through more than 100,000 local churches. Its 37 member communities include Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American, and Living Peace churches. All members are completely autonomous, and the organization has no governing power. Beginning in the late 20th century, the NCC began experiencing financial problems and has been threatened with extinction. Critics claim that the NCC has lost its relevancy.

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