GAFCON conference to be held in London

03 April 2012

by Ed Thornton

THE Fellowship of Confessing An­glicans (FCA) is to hold a leadership conference in London later this month.

A statement from the FCA said that the conference would build on the work of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which took place in Jerusalem in 2008 (News, 4 July 2008).

The conference will take place from 23 to 27 April at St Mark’s, Battersea Rise, London. The Vicar of St Mark’s is the Revd Paul Perkin, who chairs the steering committee of the Anglican Mission in England, a con­servative Evangelical group estab­lished last year (News, 1 July 2011).

Speakers will include the former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Dr Ashley Null, and the Rt Revd John Akao.

The organisers expect that the conference will be attended by “more than 200 delegates from 30 provinces in the Anglican Communion”. It is understood that London was con­sidered a good choice because it is one of the least expensive places to reach from different parts of the world.

The Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, who is chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, formed after the Jerusalem meeting, said: “We are committed to building networks and partnerships of ortho­dox Anglicans, strong in their wit­ness to Jesus Christ and the transforming power of his Spirit, to face the challenge of mission around the world. . . We are looking forward to the powerful possibilities released by bringing together 200 leaders, to listen to God’s word, to pray, and to learn from each other.”

The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, general secretary of the FCA, said: “The aim of the confer­ence is to unite us behind the goals of FCA and equip us to fulfil them. It is vital that we understand the nature of the gospel and the nature of the Church, and so the theme is the uniqueness and sufficiency of Christ, the one who is the heart of the gospel and the head of his Church.”

Another, larger GAFCON meeting would take place at some point, he said. “We are praying that this will lay a good platform for the future of the movement.”

A number of bishops who are visiting for the conference will also speak at churches in the area. These include Bishop John Guernsey, from Virginia, who will address members of Guildford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship.

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