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International Council of Community Churches


International Council of Community Churches

The International Council of Community Churches (ICCC) is a Community Church movement. The ICCC is a member of Churches Uniting in Christ, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and the World Council of Churches. In 2009, the ICCC had 137 congregations with 69,276 members.[2] Membership is concentrated primarily in the Midwest.[3] However, there are several congregations in California, New York, and Florida.[3]


  • History 1
  • Governance 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


In 1950, the Biennial Council of the Peoples Church of Christ and Community Centers led by Dr. Joseph M. Evans (until then all Afro-American) and the National Council of Community Churches led by the Rev. Roy A. Burkhardt (until then all Caucasian) joined in a historic merger. At the time, their joining represented the largest interracial merger of religious bodies in America. The new creation was the International Council of Community Churches. Member churches united to be a fellowship of ecumenically minded, freedom-loving congregations cooperating in fulfilling the mission of the Church in the world. As a post-denominational movement, the Council has witnessed and worked for Christian unity, justice and reconciliation in human society.


The Council operates with an “inverted” pyramid of authority. The local congregations own the Council and determine its emphases and operation. They do so by sending delegates to an Annual Conference. Each local church is entitled to two voting delegates, of which both may be laity or one each lay and clergy (but not two clergy.) Decisions about Council policy are made by the local church delegates voting in Annual Conference. Delegates elect a volunteer board. The board hires and supervises staff and oversees everyday operations. Don Ashmall is the current Council Minister.

See also


  1. ^ "Current Members". Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches"2008 . The National Council of Churches. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b "2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study". Glenmary Research Center. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 

External links

  • ICCC official site
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