FEEDBACK

Church Consolidation

December 18, 1957

Report Outline
Efforts to Merge Protestant Churches
Obstacles to Union of Christian Sects
Growth of Movement for Christian Unity

Efforts to Merge Protestant Churches

Religious leaders the world over are profoundly moved by evidence of a growing desire among large numbers of Christians to labor for eventual union in a single church of all believers in Jesus Christ. The goal is remote, possibly never to be attained, but the rising strength of influences working for organic union of churches is unmistakable. Belief in a divine mandate to terminate division, discord and dissension among true Christians is winning wide acceptance. There is even consideration in theological circles of the possibility of healing the 400-year-old breach between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

The so-called ecumenical movement—that is, the movement for joining separate parts of the Christian church into an undivided whole through recognition of a common faith—has produced concrete results in certain Protestant denominations. Several church bodies have recently consolidated, and negotiations for additional mergers are continuing in the face of many obstacles.

A pull toward Protestant unity has been gaining momentum, not only in the United States but wherever Protestant churches exist, for more than half a century. The movement is now being vigorously promoted by a number of highly influential church leaders. The sense of urgency they have imparted to the work is reaching local church pulpits and is being communicated to congregations through many interchurch programs. Where all this activity will lead cannot be foretold. However, it is clear that, despite the existence of strong areas of resistance, the unity movement is becoming a major influence in modern church life.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Christianity
Jun. 07, 2013  Future of the Catholic Church
Jan. 2011  Crisis in the Catholic Church
Sep. 21, 2007  Rise of Megachurches
Sep. 14, 2001  Evangelical Christians
Feb. 26, 1999  Future of the Papacy
Dec. 11, 1998  Searching for Jesus
Jul. 22, 1988  The Revival of Religion in America
Dec. 02, 1983  Christmas Customs and Origins
Jun. 10, 1983  Martin Luther After 500 Years
Aug. 08, 1975  Year of Religion
Jul. 26, 1972  Fundamentalist Revival
Jan. 04, 1967  Religion in Upheaval
Aug. 03, 1966  Religious Rivalries in South Viet Nam
Nov. 11, 1964  Church Tax Exemption
Aug. 05, 1964  Catholic Schools
Oct. 14, 1963  Churches and Social Action
Jun. 19, 1963  Vatican Policy in a Revolutionary World
Jan. 05, 1962  Rome and Christian Unity
Mar. 26, 1958  Church-Related Education
Dec. 18, 1957  Church Consolidation
Jun. 05, 1957  Evangelism in America
Jun. 23, 1955  Religious Boom
Aug. 13, 1952  Church Unity in America
Feb. 12, 1947  Relations with the Vatican
Dec. 21, 1923  The New Schism in the Church and the Immaculate Conception
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Christianity
Religious Movements
FEEDBACK

Your Email Address

Subject

Provide Feedback

Suggest a topic here.

Type the characters you see below into the box

Take our survey to help us improve CQ Researcher!