Churches Together in England
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Churches Together in England (CTE) is an ecumenical organisation and the national instrument for the Christian church in England. It helps the different Churches to work together instead of separately so that they can be more effective and credible.
Churches Together in England works through a network of Intermediate Bodies, each covering an English county or metropolitan area and Co-ordinating Groups which bring together the Churches' officers in various areas of work.
The six Presidents of Churches Together in England are:
- the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby
- the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols
- the Free Churches' Moderator, the Revd Michael Heaney
- the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Archbishop Gregorios (Theocharous) of Thyateira and Great Britain
- Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grinberga (Lutheran) and
- Bishop Eric Brown (Pentecostal).
The Moderator of the Forum of Churches Together in England for the three year period 2012 to 2015 is Archbishop Doye Agama.
The chief executive and general secretary of Churches Together in England is the Revd Dr David Cornick.
|Christian denominations in the UK|
Those identified as "(FCG)" are also members of the Free Churches' Group.
- Antiochean Orthodox Church
- Apostolic Pastoral Congress
- Assemblies of God (FCG)
- Baptist Union of Great Britain (FCG)
- Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches
- Church of England
- Church of God of Prophecy (FCG)
- Church of Scotland (in England)
- Churches in Communities International (FCG)
- Congregational Federation (FCG)
- Coptic Orthodox Church
- Council for Lutheran Churches
- Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK (FCG)
- Council of Oriental Orthodox Christian Churches
- Elim Pentecostal Church
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of England
- Evangelische Synode Deutscher Sprache in Großbritannien
- Free Church of England (FCG)
- Ground Level
- Ichthus Christian Fellowship
- Independent Methodist Churches (FCG)
- International Ministerial Council of Great Britain
- Joint Council for Anglo-Caribbean Churches
- Mar Thoma Church
- Methodist Church of Great Britain (FCG)
- Moravian Church (FCG)
- New Testament Assembly (FCG)
- New Testament Church of God (FCG)
- Oecumenical Patriarchate (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain of the Greek Orthodox Church)
- Orthodox Churches of the Russian Tradition (Oecumenical Patriarchate)
- Redeemed Christian Church of God
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Roman Catholic Church
- Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
- Salvation Army (FCG)
- Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches
- United Reformed Church (FCG)
- Wesleyan Holiness Church
- Seventh-day Adventist Church (observer)
The following members of the Free Churches' Group are not member-churches of Churches Together in England:
- Christ Apostolic Church
- Church of the Nazarene
- Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
- Fellowship of Churches of Christ
- Free Methodist Church
- Old Baptist Union
- Presbyterian Church of Wales
- Union of Welsh Independents (Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg)
- Wesleyan Reform Union
Bodies in Association
In addition to the actual member churches or member denominations (see above), there are a number of Bodies in Association with Churches Together in England. These are Christian organizations which, by their nature, are ecumenical but which are self-governing.
Local Churches Together organisations
There are numerous local Churches Together groups in England. One such example is on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent, which has a 'Churches Together in Sheppey' group where most of the denominations meet regularly and combine services. The ministers, priests, vicars, padres, etc. meet once a month to have a meal together, and the CTIS chooses a chairperson each year from the group's membership.
Churches Together in England is a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) by virtue of its local organisations' role in local communities, helping the personal and social development of young people.
History of Churches Together in England
Churches Together in England is part of the ecumenical structure introduced in 1990 when the British Council of Churches was replaced by the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland (later re-named Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)) and four national bodies:
- Churches Together in England
- Irish Council of Churches
- Action of Churches Together in Scotland, and
- Cytun (for Wales).
The British Council of Churches had itself been formed in 1942.
A National Free Church Council had come into being during the 1890s. A Federal Council of the Evangelical Free Churches was formed in 1916 as a more authoritative and representative body. These two merged in 1939 as the Free Church Federal Council.
A significant landmark was the 1910 World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh.
A summary of the origins and history of the British Council of Churches and its predecessors can be found in the document The Story of the BCC - follow the pilgrim road by Colin Davey and Alan Dawkins.
- The Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain is a Greek Orthodox archdiocese.
- A brief biography of Archbishop Gregorios appears on orthodoxwiki
- Bishop Eric Brown is of the New Testament Church of God
- "Churches Together in England" and the "Free Churches' Group" are separate organisations, though there are close links between them. The "Free Churches' Group" was formerly called the "Free Church Federal Council". The "Free Church Federal Council Incorporated" continues in being, and it remains the body formally responsible for the work of the "Free Churches' Group".
- Full list of NCVYS members
- This document can be seen or downloaded on the History page of the Churches Together in England webiste. The reference is http://www.churches-together.net/Groups/2344696/Home/About/History_of_CTE/History_of_CTE.aspx
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