"Advance Together Following the Lord's Word on the Cross" Theme of the 39th General Assembly (2015-2017)
Following the Lord's Word on the Cross"
Theme of the 39th General Assembly (2015-2017)
NCCJ marked its 68th year in 2016.
Christian Council of Japan (CCJ), the predecessor to NCCJ, was founded in 1923 as a liaison among domestic Protestant organizations, and as a gateway to overseas churches. During WWII, however, implementation of the Religious Organizations Law meant that all Protestant churches were legally required to unite; CCJ was dissolved following the foundation of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) in 1941.
After the end of the war, the departure of some denominations from UCCJ, the increasing necessity of a liaison among domestic churches and renewed contact with overseas churches resulted in the founding of National Christian Council in Japan in May 1948.
Whereas in many countries “NCC” stands for National Council of Churches, in Japan it is an abbreviation for National Christian Council; in Japanese society where Christians are a minority, churches, and church-related organizations aim to share issues of mission in cooperation.