Gaffe-con ‘Anglican’ Future

THE FUTURE OF GAFCON

GAFCON is a movement within the Anglican Communion to call it back to the Bible and to the great task of making disciples by preaching the gospel in all the world.

Since the original conference in Jerusalem, GAFCON has borne a faithful witness to Biblical truth. Nairobi 2013 called upon the leadership of GAFCON to expand the movement and to take on the huge tasks confronting Christians round the world.

Already GAFCON had inspired a mission to England (Anglican Mission in England) which is planting new Anglican churches in England. There are branches of GAFCON in Britain, Southern Africa and Australia, and more are planned. Our branches will teach and will also be ready to offer fellowship to those who for no fault of their own may be forced to leave their church or diocese over a matter of fundamental principle.

GAFCON is aiming to help Anglicans through the training of bishops, through theological education and through networks of Anglicans who need to assist each other as we seek to stand for Christ. We aim to bring together those who work amongst women, in development, in evangelism, in children and youth, in marriage, in education so that we can bless each other as we seek to win the world for Christ.

We have revised our structures to help this happen — for example we have charitable trust set up in England called the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) – and we have raised seed money to help employ the people who can ‘move the movement’. We now need to raise up an army of supporters and partners who will help our work go forward.

The work is overseen by the Primates Council. At the moment, the Primates who belong to the Council are from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Sudan, South America, North America, Rwanda and the Congo. They are assisted by Advisors from around the world, a Board of Guarantors and also the Trustees of GFCA.

Already we have several thousand supporters and we aim to have many, many more. We are setting up a prayer fellowship and we invite supporters to become partners though prayer and through giving to the work. GAFCON is one of the hopeful signs that the Lord is sustaining and preparing his people to face the challenges posed by secularism, Islam and other ideologies. We hope to encourage many thousands more people from all around the world to stand with us for the sake of Christ to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming gospel.

About the Author:

Peter Jensen
The Most Rev Dr Peter Jensen is the General Secretary of GAFCON. Between 2001 and 2013 he was Archbishop of Sydney.
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Mr Peter Jensen – the collar and tie-clad former Archbishop of Sydney, pictured above – is the author of this ambitious claim to represent ‘biblical Anglicanism’ around the world. As former Chair and now General Secretary of the GAFCON movement, Peter Jensen, while purporting to unify Anglicans under the banner of a sola scriptura and puritanical understanding of traditional Anglicanism, is actually helping to ferment a structured ethos of schismatic breakaway from the ‘Mother’ Church of England and the more liberal Anglican Communion Provinces that are in communion with the See of Canterbury in Western Christendom.
By allying himself – and the conservative Sydney Archdiocese of the Anglican Church of Australia – with conservative Anglican Churches in parts of Africa and Asia, Mr Jensen has managed to spearhead a like-minded group of puritanical, conservative, Evangelical Provinces under the title of GAFCON, with their own Statement of Faith which goes under the title ‘The Jerusalem Statement’ – setting out its aims and objectives as a rival to other Provinces of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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