World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / What we do / Ecumenical formation

Ecumenical formation

Ecumenical formation, as well as faith nurturing at community and academic levels, are vital for the renewal of the ecumenical movement. The WCC both provides ecumenical formation itself, and supports churches, ecumenical bodies and institutions which deliver ecumenical formation and faith nurturing by helping them to develop capacity, contextualized curricula, and methodologies.

The future of the ecumenical movement, and the witness of the church, rests in the on-going endeavour of ecumenical formation and the continual renewal of those involved in the movement. This is done primarily in three ways:

Ecumenical continuing formation

The WCC project on ecumenical continuing formation provides leadership training including accredited short term courses as well as seminars, research groups and resource development. These take place either at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute or at the regional level in various parts of the world.

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Ecumenical theological education is vital for the future of the ecumenical movement. The WCC and its partners help create networks of ecumenical theological institutions. The ETE activities create opportunities for developing ecumenically-oriented leadership within churches. They are a step towards equal access to theological education for all who wish to serve the churches.

The Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva, Switzerland, provides a space for reflection and study to students from around the world. Each student leaves prepared to return to his or her home communities and churches renewed and transformed through learning, encounter and personal exchanges at Bossey. By cooperating and working closely with churches, the institute is a foundational piece in the strengthening of the WCC fellowship and the ecumenical movement.