China Christian Council


China Christian Council
(Zhongguo jidujiao xiehui)
The China Christian Council (CCC) is the officially authorized representative organization for China’s Protestant population. Established in 1980, the CCC was designed to work alongside the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), purportedly to tend to the Church’s internal and ecclesiastical affairs as opposed to the TSPM’s explicitly political function of serving as a ‘bridge’ between the CCP and China’s Protestants. Headquartered in Shanghai, the CCC maintains a nationwide representative system, but its national agenda is set by a small group of elites who comprise its Executive Committee and Standing Committee. The Executive Committee is made up of the CCC’s President, eight Vice-Presidents and a General Secretary, who also preside over the forty-two-member Standing Committee.
Its top leaders have all been active in the TSPM since the early 1950s, most notably former CCP Presidents Ding Guangxun (currently Honorary President) and Han Wenzao (currently Director of the CCC Advisory Committee), and the current President Cao Shengjie. The committees oversee a hierarchically ordered organizational structure that extends to the district/municipal level. At lower levels, the CCC and the TSPM share the same officials, and the two organizations are commonly identified together as the ‘two committees’ (lianghui).
Together with the TSPM, the CCC supervises the country’s eighteen Protestant theological schools and its 12,000 registered churches, and manages several printing presses, which print Bibles, hymnals and other Christian literature and publish the journal Tianfeng [Heavenly Wind]. In 1996, the joint CCC/TSPM Standing Committee issued a ‘Church Order’, which aimed at establishing organizational, doctrinal and ritual boundaries for China’s entire Protestant population. The China Christian Council is a member church of the World Council of Churches.
(n.d.) About the China Christian Council. Available at http://www.amityfoundation.org/ANS/AboutCCC.htm
(28 December 1996) ‘Zhongguo jidujiao jiaohui guizhang’ (Church Order for Chinese Protestant Christian Churches) Tianfeng 2 (1997). Reprinted in Chinese Law and Government 33:6 (2000): 43–51.
JASON KINDOPP

Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • China Christian Council — Further information: Protestantism in China The China Christian Council (中国基督教协会) or CCC was founded in 1980 as an umbrella organization for all Protestant churches in the People s Republic of China with Bishop K. H. Ting (丁光訓, 1915–) as its… …   Wikipedia

  • China —    China was one of the most prominent targets of Protestant missionary activity in the 19th century, though progress was slow for many decades. The first missionary, Robert Morrison (1782 1834), was a British Presbyterian minister commissioned… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Christian Conference of Asia — The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 17 National Councils and 100 denominations (churches) in 21 countries: Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India,… …   Wikipedia

  • China: Hong Kong —    Under British rule from the mid 1800s, Hong Kong was returned to the People s Republic of China in 1997. It now exists as a Special Administrative Region and as such operates under Hong Kong Basic Law regarding religion. Hong Kong possesses a… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Christian Zheng Sheng College — Location Hong Kong Information Type Private School Established …   Wikipedia

  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities — Abbreviation CCCU Formation 1976 Type INGO …   Wikipedia

  • Christian and Missionary Alliance — Classification Protestant Orientation Evangelical Polity Mixed. Elements of Congregationalist, Presbyterian and non sacramental Episcopalian …   Wikipedia

  • Christian Calendar —     Christian Calendar     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Christian Calendar      GENERALITIES     All civilized peoples and even those which seem to be only just emerging from utter barbarism keep some kind of record of the flight of time and are… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • China — • Includes history, government, education, and religion Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. China     China     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Christian vegetarianism — is a minority Christian belief based on effecting the compassionate teachings of Jesus, the twelve apostles and the early church to all living beings through vegetarianism or, ideally, veganism. Alternatively, Christians may be vegetarian for… …   Wikipedia