The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE is the umbrella organization of Protestant churches in Europe. Its members include 107 Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and United Churches from more than 30 European and South American countries. Overall, the CPCE represents roughly 50 million Protestants.
The CPCE exists due to the Leuenberg Concord from 1973. It states: churches are allowed to be different because the Gospel is their common basis. This simple-sounding statement had far-reaching consequences: Since that time, a Lutheran pastor may preach from a Reformed pulpit, and a French pastor may lead a parish in Germany.
The CPCE is a pulpit and table fellowship. The churches share in worship and communion and mutually recognize their baptism and ordination. They share liturgical traditions with one another and make use of the common European CPCE hymnal, Colours of Grace.
The CPCE also serves as a common Protestant voice. Many member churches are minority churches that often carry out their mission under difficult conditions. In a changing Europe, the CPCE strengthens and unites the voice of Protestants in relation to political institutions.