The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world's most ancient Christian denominations. But Christian communities across the region are declining in numbers because of a combination of low birth rates, emigration and, in some places, persecution. After many years of preliminary moves, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) was inaugurated in May 1974 at its First General Assembly in Nicosia, Cyprus. Initially it contained three "families" of Christian churches in the Middle East, the Eastern Orthodox churches, the Oriental Orthodox churches and the Protestant Churches. These were joined in 1990 at the MECC Fifth Assembly by the seven Catholic churches of the region.
SAT-7 seeks to serve all followers of Jesus Christ, and works with churches that accept the Nicene Creed and the Lausanne Covenant as SAT-7’s statements of faith. Leaders of many local churches, including leaders of the Evangelical Churches of Egypt and Lebanon, a Maronite Bishop, an Armenian Archbishop, a Lutheran Bishop and two Coptic Orthodox Bishops serve on the SAT-7 International Board. Click here for a map that shows the percentage of Christians in the countries of the region.