Regional Groups

The CPCE consists of 94 member churches. Many churches have combined in regional groups to strengthen collaboration between the churches and in so doing enrich the life of the churches.

The General Assembly gratefully notes the commitment of the churches in the regional groups of the CPCE, the South East Central Europe Group and the North West Europe Group. It also acknowledges the work of the Conference of the Churches on the Rhine and confirms the CCR intention to bring its fellowship as a commitment into the CPCE. It is delighted at the reports of the collaboration of the CPCE churches on the Rio de la Plata and encourages them to strengthen their co-operation, and if possible also include other Protestant churches of the South American continent.
The General Assembly also gratefully notes the proposals for founding new regional groups and asks the churches concerned to develop their initiatives further, taking note of the framework established above.

North West Group

The meetings within the framework of the “Leuenberg North West Group” go back to an initiative of the late Rhineland Praeses Peter Beier. In 1990 the initial core of the group was formed by the United Protestant Church in Belgium, the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland and the three Reformation churches from the Netherlands. Later, other German churches joined, as well as churches from Luxembourg and Alsace, so that today ten churches from four countries belong to the North West Group.

Since 1991 there have been annual conferences at various places in Europe: Brussels, Hofgeismar, Düsseldorf, Kloster Frenswegen in Nordhorn, Utrecht, Mülheim, Stapelage, Luxembourg, Antwerp, Strasbourg, Bielefeld and Kassel. Primarily the leading clergy of the churches and members of the church governments take part. The topics are always chosen with a view to their topicality for the member churches, e.g. “Church and Israel”, “Evangelising – Protestant Perspectives for the Churches in Europe” or “The Shape and Shaping of Protestant Churches in a Changing Europe”. Alongside the themes mentioned, which served as preparation for the General Assemblies in Belfast and Budapest, important concerns for the North West Group are cultivating Euregio work, care of migrants and asylum-seekers, and an intensive exchange over the situation of member churches.

The North West Group has given particular support to a Protestant European Synod.

Member Churches
Reformed Synod of Denmark

Church of Scotland

Methodist Church in Ireland

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg

Evangelical Church of Westphalia

Church of Lippe

Evangelical Reformed Church

Evangelical Church in the Rhineland

Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck

United Methodist Church Central Conference of Germany

United Protestant Church of Belgium

Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Protestant Church of Luxembourg

Protestant Reformed Church of Luxembourg

Remonstrant Brotherhood

Contact Person

Marcus Wetter
Ev. Kirche i. Rheinland
Böckler Str 7
40476 Düsseldorf, Deutschland

Contact Person

Raphael Quandt
Ev.-Luth.Kirche in Bayern

Katharina von Bora Str. 11-13
80333 München

South East Europe Group

In 1975 Bishop Hanselmann wanted to give an indication that the Leuenberg Church Fellowship was not just remaining a document but was taking shape as a living community of churches. With the signing of the Agreement by Bavaria he called to life a regional group which made possible exchanges between churches over the Iron Curtain. As well as holding important theological discussions, which have been recorded in the publications of the Leuenberg Church Fellowship, the meeting of the regional group on neutral ground in Gallneukirchen in Austria was for many representatives of the churches in the East one of the few possibilities of keeping in contact with their Western brothers and sisters

Though for a long time predominantly bishops and church leaders came to the regional group in Gallneukirchen, now many young theologians, men and women, are delegated to this body, and of course they bring to it the concerns and situations of their churches. At present the focus of work is on a study of changes to worship in the member churches. Alongside this there is still room for topical themes: in this year “Dealing with the past under totalitarian regimes”.

With 28 member churches from Switzerland to Russia and from Poland to Italy and Bulgaria, the South East Europe Regional Group is not only the oldest but also the largest regional group of the CPCE.

Member Churches

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Romania

Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy

Waldensian Evangelical Church

German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (member of ELCROS)

Evangelical Church Augsburg Confession of Slovenia

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria

Evangelical Church of Palatinate

Evangelical Church of the Helvetic Confession in Austria

Protestant Church of Liechtenstein

Evangelical Church in Baden

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria

Evangelical Church in Central Germany

Federation of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States ELCROS

United Methodist Church Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, represented by Austria and Serbia

Evangelical Reformed Church

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic

Reformed Christian Church in Serbia

Reformed Church in Transcarpathia

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland

Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary

Reformed Church in Hungary

Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia

Reformed Church in Romania

Protestant Church in Switzerland

Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession

Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church in Serbia

Conference of the Churches on the Rhine

Twelve years before the signing of the Leuenberg Agreement an alliance of churches had formed along the Rhine which practised an ecumenism within Protestantism. After the Second World War this alliance, the Conference of Churches on the Rhine (CCR), made it its task to play its part in the new peaceful Europe which was taking shape. The Rhine, for many decades and centuries a line of demarcation, was to become the symbol of solidarity and reconciliation in Europe.

For its first meeting in 1961 the CCR came together on the Liebfrauenberg in Alsace/France. Initially no sequel to the meeting was envisaged. But the conversations and encounters with the sister churches of neighbouring countries proved so stimulating and fruitful that such meetings were also planned for the future. From the very beginning that work of the churches along the Rhine which crosses frontiers lay at the centre of interest. In time three forms of collaboration became established. First, the CCR organizes annual conferences on topical European themes. Secondly, over and above the thematic work, these conferences offer the possibility of encounter and reciprocal exchanges between the churches and so lay the foundation for common projects which cross frontiers. Thirdly, as early as the end of the 1970s the CCR took the initiative in establishing an Ecumenical Secretariat in the European institutions in Strasbourg which in the course of time developed into today’s Strasbourg office of the Conference of European Churches’ Church and Society Commission.

As all the member churches of the CCR are likewise signatory churches of the Leuenberg Agreement, in recent years the idea has taken shape of also incorporating the CCR institutionally into the CPCE as a regional group. At the CCR conference in May 2008 this process was completed with the signing of an agreement to become a regional group.

Member Churches

Reformed Church in Aargau

Evangelical Church of Baden

Evangelical Reformed Church of Basel Land

Evangelical Reformed Church of Basel Stadt

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alsace and Lorraine

Evangelical Reformed Church in Alsace and Lorraine

Evangelical Church in Hesse und Nassau

Evangelical Church in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Evangelical Church of the Helvetic Confession in Austria

Evangelical Church of Palatine

Evangelical Church of the Rhineland

Evangelical Reformed Church of Schaffhausen

Evangelical Reformed Church of St. Gallen

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg

Contact Person

Sören Lenz
Union des Églises protestantes d’Alsace et de Lorraine
1 bis quai Saint Thomas
BP 80022
Strasbourg cedex, France
Mail :

Contact Person

Dr. Ulrich Rüsen Weinhold
47, rue Clichy
F-75009 Paris, FRANCE
GSM: +33 6 48 92 60 55

Conférence des Eglises protestantes des Pays latins d’Europe

1950 – Constitution du Conseil Oecuménique des Eglises. Souci de solidarité entre Eglises, préoccupation de la situation précaire des protestants en Italie, et des entraves à la liberté religieuse dont souffrent les Eglises protestantes en Espagne et au Portugal, alors même que vient d’être adoptée par l’ONU la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme. La CEPPLE naît de cette préoccupation à l’instigation du Pasteur Marc Boegner.

En septembre 1950, à l’initiative du Département d’Entraide des Eglises du COE, Première Conférence CEPPLE à Torre-Pellice … Thème de l’assemblée : “Grandeur et misère des Eglises minoritaires“ que développe le pasteur Visser’t Hooft, Secrétaire Général du COE.

Avec le temps, le sentiment de développe que dans leur fragilité, les Eglises dites minoritaires sont porteuses pour d’autres d’une parole d’avenir. Assemblée Générale (AG) à Leysin (Suisse) en octobre 1963 : Notre situation minoritaire, si nous l’entendons comme une vocation et non comme une réalité sociologique, peut aider l’Eglise d’aujourd’hui à se comprendre comme minorité. Un second point à l’ordre du jour : la question des migrations. Le professeur André Philip, économiste protestant, adepte du christianisme social, intervient : le problème n’est pas nouveau, mais il se posera avec acuité dans les vingt prochaines années. L’émigration ne sera plus principalement intra-européenne, mais elle viendra d’Afrique. D’où l’invitation pressante aux Eglises à travailler cette question, et la décision de l’assemblée de l’inscrire dans son programme pour l’avenir.

AG en septembre 1968, au Chambon-sur Lignon (121 participants, les travaux durent une semaine). Exposé du Professeur H. d’Espine, de la Faculté de Théologie de Genève : La situation du protestantisme dans les pays latins implique une vocation spécifique qu’il définit par quatre éléments : l’évangélisation, la lutte pour la liberté religieuse, un ministère prophétique, une responsabilité à l’égard de régions extra-européennes (Afrique, Amérique latine). Trois conditions pour répondre à cette vocation : un renouveau spirituel, une solidarité (spirituelle et matérielle), une plus grande unité.

AG à Lisbonne en 1975 – Après la révolution des oeillets (renversement du régime de Salazar) réunion de la conférence des Facultés de théologie des pays latins, un des plus anciens et des plus durables réseaux de la CEPPLE.

Peu à peu s’est tissé un réseau de relations et d’échanges au travers de l’Eglise Réformée de France (EPUdF), avec l’Eglise évangélique de Rhénanie (EKIR), une histoire entre Eglises latines et Eglises du Nord, ainsi qu’avec plusieurs Eglises de l’Est, affrontées dans des contextes différents à des défis comparables.

En 2014, lors de l’AG de Malaga, la CEPPLE est devenue le 4è groupe régional de la CEPE, le pasteur Alfredo Abad, Président de la Commission permanente de Eglise Evangélique Espagnole, a été élu président. Depuis, les activités de la CEPPLE se formalisent autour de 4 pôles : les échanges catéchétiques – la formation théologique – le rôle des Eglises du sud face à la migration – la réflexion et la mutualisation des ressources en matière de présence des Eglises dans les médias et le WEB. Après une AG à Lisbonne en 2018, la dernière Assemblée Générale de la CEPPLE s’est tenue à Riesi en Sicile ; le thème du colloque : Frontières qui se recomposent, théologies en tension, demeurer ensemble Eglises protestantes vivantes, au sud de l’Europe. Le pasteur Pasteur Gianni Genre, de l’Eglise Vaudoise d’Italie a été élu président.

Member Churches


  • Eglise Protestante Unie de Belgique


  • Eglise Evangélique Espagnole


  • Eglise Protestante Unie de France
  • Union Nationale des Eglises Protestantes Réformées Evangéliques de France
  • Fédération des Eglises Evangéliques Baptistes de France


  • Eglise Vaudoise d’Italie
  • Eglise Méthodiste d’Italie
  • Union chrétienne Evangélique Baptiste d’Italie


  • Eglise Evangélique Presbytérienne du Portugal
  • Eglise Evangélique Méthodiste du Portugal
  • Eglise Catholique Apostolique Evangélique Lusitanienne


  • Eglise Evangélique Réformée du canton de Vaud
  • Eglise Protestante de Genève
  • Eglise Réformée Evangélique de Neuchâtel
  • Union Synodale Berne-Jura
  • Eglise Evangélique réformée du canton de Fribourg
  • Eglise Réformée Evangélique du canton du Valais
  • Eglise Evangélique Réformée du canton des Grisons