ABSTRACT

This chapter explains about two cases, that the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs/CCIA which was founded in 1946 as a joint commission of two Christian umbrella organizations: the World Council of Churches/WCC, at the time a loosely organized cooperation of approximately 150 churches primarily with Protestant background and the International Missionary Council/IMC founded in 1921, and organized in national councils to support Protestant missionary activities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. On the level of normative self-description, it highlights three dimensions: first, the two-sided relationship between the CCIA and the sphere of world issues', second, the complex organizational structure inside the WCC, with its churches, councils and conferences and finally the multifold fields of duty connected to the CCIA as a source of stimulus and knowledge', a medium of common counsel', and an organ in formulating the Christian mind'.