History Phase I

27 church leaders consider the state of U.S.A. Christian churches
(Baltimore — September 2001)

  • Made a specific commitment to explore forming an “expanded table” of relationships. fellowship, and witness.

  • Lamented the absence of any one place where the wide diversity of Christian churches can officially come together to strengthen their unity in Christ and empower their mission.

  • Determined that there is a need to expand and broaden fellowship, unity, and witness among the diverse expressions of Christian faith.

  • Scheduled another meeting with expanded participation.

  • Appointed an interim Steering Committee.

36 church leaders cast a vision for Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A.
(Chicago — April 2002)

  • Affirmed that broadened participation from other church leaders is necessary.

  • Affirmed a longing for expanded Christian conversation, unity, and empowered mission.

  • Provision name: Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A.

  • Cast a vision for CCT and outlined the elements of a new relationship among churches.

  • Determined that decision-making will be by consensus.

  • Scheduled another meeting with expanded participation.

  • Issued a public announcement.

  • Appointed and interim Steering Committee.

Steering Committee prepares Draft CCT Organizational Plan
(June — December 2002)

  • Actively sought to broaden and expand participation of church leaders in CCT.

  • Prepared a draft proposal for CCT Organizational Plan.

  • Planned January 2003 CCT meeting.

  •  Researched funding.

See also
The Chicago Statement  |  Organizational Plan  |  Steering Committee