CONSERVATIVE Evangelicals intend to investigate opportunities to
expand their influence in the Church of England through
church-plants "with or without diocesan approval"
The ReNew 2014 Commitment was launched at a conference last week
in Warwickshire, organised by the Church Society, Reform, and the
Anglican Mission in England (AMiE). It was attended by 330 clergy
and senior lay leaders.
They called on supporters to investigate "the opportunities to
revitalise an existing Church of England church and/or plant with
or without diocesan approval" and to devise a strategy to keep
their local Anglican church "in good health" and "secure" it for
the next generation.
The general secretary of AMIE and CEO of Crosslinks, Canon Andy
Lines , said on Wednesday: "We want to look at the state of the
nation and see where there are gaps where current structures are
not providing a relevant gospel witness.
"We will seek if possible to fill those gaps with the permission
and approval of local diocesan structures, but we feel the need for
people to hear the gospel is urgent, and therefore, ultimately, we
might be prepared to do something if that permission is not
Blogging after the conference, the Vicar of Oughtibridge, the
Revd Julian Mann, wrote that the Commitment signalled "that among
Anglican Evangelicals loyalty to confessional Anglicanism must
trump institutional loyalty when there is a clear conflict".