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Conversion is a central, and treasured, part of the Christian gospel. What Augustine of Hippo realised in that garden in Milan was this: human beings are not designed or intended to be centred on self but centred on God. “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you”, he later wrote. True humanity is found not by looking inwards but by looking upwards; not from following your heart but following the Son of God. Jesus’ mission was and is to “convert” us from the former to the latter.
• Global South Communiqué • Dr Michael Nazir-Ali • Church in Wales • Future choices in the light of the trajectory of Anglicanism in the West • C of E General Synod • Ghana • Gafcon GBE conference • UK government and the church
General Secretary of the Free Church of England

The Trustees of Gafcon GBE (formerly known as Gafcon UK) give thanks to Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali as he steps down from the role of President, which he has held since the formation of the regional Gafcon branch in 2016.

For decades, Bishop Michael has stood courageously to defend and promote Bible-based Christian orthodoxy in its Anglican expression. He has been an influential leader in the worldwide Global Anglican Future (Gafcon) movement, and was instrumental in initiating and advising the process leading to the formation under God’s hand of the Anglican Network in Europe (ANiE), a new Gafcon-authorised jurisdiction made up of two convocations, ACE and AMiE.

Evangelism

Thousands of Christians in hundreds of churches across the UK and Ireland are preparing for a focused month of mission leading up to Easter 2022. A Passion for Life offers training in evangelism, resources to help plan a local mission, and opportunities to connect with other churches.

General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales in response to the decision of the Governing Body on the 6th September to accept liturgy for the blessing of same-sex civil marriages or civil partnerships.

The Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales deeply regrets the recent decision of the Governing Body to authorise a liturgy to bless same-sex civil marriages and partnerships…

…First, by making this decision, the Church in Wales has departed from the apostolic faith as revealed in Scripture…

  • Church in Wales (CiW) votes for blessings of same sex relationships in church
  • C of E Synod elections.
  • Threats from wider society: “gay conversion therapy’ ban.
  • The marginalisation of Christianity in the West - recent articles
  • Around the world: violence continues in Nigeria; Gafcon Primates to meet

 

  • Gafcon GBE: new website being developed
  • Gafcon GBE President Bishop Michael Nazir Ali: news about his ministry
  • Church planting initiatives must be based on faithfulness to Scripture
  • Anglican Network in Europe news
  • Methodist Church changes its understanding of marriage: useful resource available
  • Understanding false ideologies in our culture: review of Carl Trueman’s book
  • Is it possible for evangelicals to remain in a liberal denomination? Pastor’s Heart interview…

 

  • Gafcon Sunday was celebrated on 27 June
  • Rise of secularism coincides with growing intolerance of orthodox Christian views, especially on sexual ethics. A number of examples for information and prayer.
  • Church of England evangelicals: retired Bishop starts work as National Director of CEEC.
  • News from Anglican Network in Europe

 

Gafcon GBE commends theologian Martin Davie’s clear summary and critique of the Living in Love and Faith resources, currently being discussed in the Church of England.

  • New month, new name! Gafcon UK is now Gafcon Great Britain and Europe
  • Gafcon: mutual accountability. Disagreements between Gafcon regions over pastoral strategy to same sex attracted people while maintaining faithful biblical witness are being resolved.
  • Gafcon as a model for diversity and non-racism based on biblical principles: Bishop Michael Nazir Ali article
  • Anglican Network in Europe News
  • Europe - secular, but with pockets of faith? Article from Evangelical Focus
  • Church of England: Response to Living in Love and Faith by Martin Davie

 

This week Gafcon IOW (Isle of Wight, UK) was launched. This is a local expression of a global movement, and the Steering Committee are thrilled to be under the umbrella of the largest Anglican movement in the world.

A round up of the news from Gafcon UK.

News round up from January

The Archbishop of York is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England and the appointment of Bishop Stephen Cottrell will clearly shape the future direction of the Church. It is therefore concerning to hear about the experience of some conservative clergy in his current diocese. At least four clergy have resigned their positions in recent months and others have spoken publicly of how they are used to being told they “don’t belong.”

In the light of recent reports in the media, Bishop Andy Lines, describes his own experience of spiritual manipulation.

St Silas Church in the West End of Glasgow has voted to discontinue its status as a licensed private chapel within the Scottish Episcopal Church. After a process of consultation and prayer, a members vote was held and an emphatic majority of 86% voted to leave.

Representatives of conservative evangelical clergy from the Diocese of Chelmsford met on Wednesday 12 June to discuss, among other matters, Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s letter to clergy of June 2019.

Just before Christmas, the House of Bishops published pastoral guidance which “welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people” - and encourages clergy to use existing liturgy (of Baptism, Confirmation or the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith) if a transgender adult wishes to reaffirm their Christian faith and mark their transition.

Gafcon UK notes the clarification from the Secretary of the Archbishops’ Council regarding the Guidance from the House of Bishops, on how the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith liturgy can be used for adults who identify as transgender.