Gulf Churches Fellowship

Over the past several years, through numerous consultations with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), bishops and other church leaders who preside over the churches in the Gulf, the concept of creating a new Gulf-specific ecumenical body has gained wide support.

Recent News

Statement from Gulf Churches Fellowship

The Executive Committee of Gulf Churches Fellowship met in St. Elias Church in Musaffah, UAE on September 18, 2019, and greets you with the following statement:

The Christian Communities living in the GCC express their commitment to praying for peace in the region. We pray for all governments that diplomacy will prevail. As our Lord Jesus taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called children of God.”

With the words of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life

Gulf Churches Fellowship Signs a Joint Delcaration

Gulf Churches Fellowship gathered together in Abu Dhabi in January 2018 to discuss current issues for the churches in the region. There had been lots of preparations to have a joint declaration stating the situation for the churches signed in the meeting. As a result, the following declaration was unanimously adopted and signed by church leadership from all five church families representing churches in the Gulf Region. In case you want more information about the declaration, please do not hesitate to contact GCF Secretary, Rev. Aaro Rytkonen (

Abu Dhabi Declaration 2018 English signed

        The Historic Visit of Pope Francis to the Arabian Gulf.

Pope Francis visited Abu Dhabi February 3-5, 2019. During this historic visit he met with the officials, spoke in the interfaith event and lead a Papal mass where 135 000 people attended. More information about this visit:


A brief description of the formation of GCF.


Church information and organization bylaws.