Since 1950, Solid Growth
With the organization of the National Council of Churches in 1950, many of the goals that had been sought specifically for more than a decade, and implicitly for half a century, had been reached. Interdenominational cooperation was now taken for granted, and the ecclesiastical climate was more favorable than ever before for the organization and maintenance of local and state councils of churches. As one careful writer1 observes, "Whereas fifty years ago the churches in most communities tended to act unilaterally in all matters, now they usually take it for granted that there are certain functions they will perform in common." The decade now closing has therefore been a time of solid growth for cooperative churchmanship.
AN EXPANDING ENTERPRISE
The extent and nature of this growth will be shown if we can answer a few seemingly simple questions: How many councils, state and local, are there? What professional staff do they employ? Where are they located? How much income do they have? What are its chief sources? How are they associated? Just what do these councils do? This chapter seeks to suggest as accurate answers as possible to questions like these, and to show something of the trends since the organization of the National Council of Churches.
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|a-- Nov. 1, 1951 Summary, Mimeographed Directory of American|
|b--Omitting certain larger parishes and exclusively WDRE organiza-|
tions. With these, the total was 926.
|c--OCC figures as of January 1, 1960.|