Bearing in mind its central task as a council of churches calling one another to visible unity, the WCC builds on the initiatives of churches and partner organizations; keeps in tension dialogue and advocacy, building relationships and promoting social witness; and offers a prophetic voice and witness on the urgent and turbulent issues of our times.  

In February 2006, the WCC's 9th Assembly formulated the Council's programme priorities for the period ahead. Until the next assembly in 2013, the WCC will be working within the framework of six programmes, each of which builds on past work in these areas, and includes several time-bound projects and activities. 

Here is an overview of the six programmes as well as the main projects and activities: