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The Council of Churches in Zambia, how it came into being

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The Council of Churches in Zambia is one of three mother bodies in the country, it is an ecumenical Christian organization composed of most of the Protestant churches in Zambia.

Meanwhile, the other church bodies are the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).

The Council of Churches in Zambia has been in existence since 1914. It was first called the General Missionary Conference and its main responsibility was to promote cooperation between the missionary societies in areas such as education, health and religious broadcasting.

The name was later changed to the Christian Council of Northern Rhodesia (CCNR) in 1944, which became the Christian Council of Zambia in 1964, and then Council of Churches in Zambia in 2003.

The church bodies has a dual role of evangelism and provider of service for the poor and defender of the rights of the marginalised.

It is also committed to the promotion of human dignity. In fighting for social justice, the role of the church is much about provision of social services such as education, health, employment, food and shelter.

CCZ is therefore engaged in enabling member churches to fulfill this dual role.

Its values are that to be a member a church one must confess the Lord Jesus as Lord and Saviour according to Scripture and therefore seek to cooperate with other Christians who confess the same Lord in fulfilling their common tasks of witnessing to the glory of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Meanwhile, its other affiliate member organizations, Bible Society of Zambia, Boys Brigade, Churches Health Association in Zambia, Girls Brigade, Girl Guides Association, and Lutheran World Federation.

The others are, Makeni Ecumenical Centre, Mennonite Central Committee, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, Theological Education by Extension, True Youth Christian Outreach, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, and Zambia Student’s Christian Movement among others.

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