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Church of North India
The series of consultations, with a view to Church Union in North India, began in 1929. Eventually on the "basis of negotiations" prepared by a series of Round Table Conferences, a plan of Church union was drawn up. A negotiating committee was constituted in 1951 by the Church bodies concerned - which were the United Church of Northern India, the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, the Methodist Church in Southern Asia and the Council of the Baptist Churches in Northern India. In 1957, the Church of the Brethren and the Disciples of Christ also joined in the negotiations. The plan reached its fourth and final edition in 1965 and, on that basis, the Church Union in North India was inaugurated on 29 November, 1970 in Nagpur. At the last moment, the Methodist Church in Southern Asia decided not to join the union. However, the Methodist Church, the British and the Australasian have joined the Union.
The concern for unity of the Church grew out of a zeal for the mission of the Church, because a divided Church could not bear witness to the one Gospel and the one Lord in a country like India with diverse religions, languages, races and cultures. Through the process of negotiations and prayerful seeking of the guidance of Holy Spirit unity was achieved in the understanding and practice of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, the three-fold ministry of Bishops, Presbyters and Deacons and in the organizational structures of Pastorates, Dioceses and the Synod, Episcopacy was received and accepted as both constitutional and historic. Provision has been made for diverse liturgical practices and understandings of the divine revelation, provided that these do not violate the basic Faith and Order of the Church or disrupt the unity and fellowship within the Church.
 
CNI MISSION PRIORITIES FOR THE DECADE 2011-2020
 
1. EVANGELISM AND SPIRITUAL REVIVAL :
 
(a) Spirtual revival within worshipping communities.
(b) Renewal Of Commitement for descipleship and evengelism.
(c) Inculcatiing a spirtuality rooted in prayer,fasting,offering,reflection and action.
2. CONGREGATIONAL RENEWAL :
 
(a) Locating the congretion at the center of missiological praxis(action and reflexion)
(b) Ministerial formation of laity.
(c) Broadening the vision and mission of pastorak praxis towards servie of the marginalized,oppressed and vulnerable
(c) Developing theologies,liturgies and lecttionaries rooted in context of local congretion
3. RESTRUCTURING THE STRUCTURE :
 
(a) Transperancy accountability and responsibility
(b) Devolutions of hierachical power and authority .
(c)  Financial accountablity at all levels
(d)  Stewardship of resources includind god's whole creation
(e)  Equipping weaker dioceses for holistic developement
4. EDUCATION FOR LIBERATION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION :
 
contextually relevent theological education for laitt,clergy and bishops .
Value Based Education At All Levels
Strengthning sunday school movement .
Equipping youth for governance structure including civil services .
Special education for those with spacial needs
5. BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF HEALING AND RECONCILIATION :
 
Working with vurnerable communities:children,senior citizens,people with hiv/aids and differently abled person
Commitment to gender justice and overcoming violence
Women's Empowerment through self employment
Working towards health and healing for all
To create Heling communities through interfaith initiatives for common action
6. PROTECTION OF LIFE AND LIVELIHOOD FOR THE FULNESS OF LIFE :
 
Solidarity With Dalits,Adivasis and tribal Communities
Strengthning Advocacy for Humane Structure,Humen Rights and Minority Rights
Struggle for land,forest and water rights
 
Mission Partners
Communion of Churches in India
www.communionofchurches-india.org
The Presbyterian Church of USA
 
www.pcusa.org
The United Reformed Church              
 
www.urc.org.uk
The Anglican Church of Canada        
 
www.anglican.ca
The Church of Brethren     
 
www.brethren.org
The Methodist Church 
 
www.methodistchurch.org.uk 
The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
 
www.uspg.org.uk
The Church of Scotland         
 
www.churchofscotland.org.uk
The Presbyterian Church of Ireland                   
 
www.presbyterianireland.org
The Church Mission Society             
 
www.cms-uk.org
The Episcopal Relief and Development    
 
www.er-d.org
The United Church of Christ, USA
 
www.ucc.org
The Council for World Mission
 
www.cwmission.org.uk
The Presbyterian Church of Canada
www.presbyterian.ca 
The United Church of Canada
www.united-church.ca 
The Presbyterian Church of New Zealand
www.presbyterian.org.nz
The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan
www.pct.org.tw
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches
www.warc.ch
The Christian Conference of Asia
www.cca.org.hk
The World Council of Churches
www.oikoumene.org
The Episcopal Church
www.episcopalchurch.org
The Anglican Communion
www.anglicancommunion.org
The Trinity Wall Street
www.trinitywallstreet.org
The Derbyshire Churches, UK
www.northindia-derbyshirechurches-partnership.org.uk
The Uniting Church in Australia
www.unitingworld.org.au.

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