Anglican ‘Church’ For Conservative Christians Launches Mission In England
Ruth Gledhill ‘CHRISTIAN TODAY’ CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 23 September 2016
Lee McMunn, chairman of the AMiE pioneering task force, says: “By 1555, John Calvin and his supporters in Geneva had pioneered five new churches in France. Four years later, they had planted 100. And by 1562, a total of 2,000 new, Gospel churches had been started in France.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the same thing happen in England today?”
Richard Coekin, director of co-mission, quoting Mark’s gospel, says: “When Jesus looked at the crowds, he was filled with compassion. They were harrassed and helpless, crushed and tortured, like sheep without a shepherd, desperately in need of Jesus.
“And ever since Jesus and the Apostle Paul, the best way of reaching them has always been church planting. In fact it’s part of the Anglican DNA, to start new Gospel churches across our land to reach the lost. And we need to get involved, in our time.”
Richard Leadbeater, pastor of King’s Church Guildford, which started meeting publicly in 2014, says that although it was “terrifying” to start the church it was also “thrilling”. This was because, while they had almost nothing, they “did have God.” The church has grown through “prayerful dependence on God and his word.” They don’t own a building and did not even have a musician at first. Yet they have grown both spiritually and numerically.
This article by Ruth Gledhill, published in ‘CHRISTIANITY TODAY’, informs the Church of England hierarchy of the imminent threat of invasion by the conservative Provinces of the Anglican Communion contained in GAFCON.
Archbishop Okoh, in this article, which tells of the inauguration of a special new push by the Gafcon-sponsored ‘Anglican Mission in England’ (AMiE) – a parallel sponsored faux-Anglican church to that of ACNA in North America – designed to replace the local mission of the traditional of the local Anglican Communion Church of England; is, in effect, taking into his own hands the responsibility of inaugurating a takeover bid for the worldwide Anglican Communion, in the territory of its founding province; the Church of England.
This latest chutzpah by Archbishop Okoh and his cohorts in the Gafcon Provinces shows a blatant disregard for the rest of the Anglican Provinces around the world represented by the Anglican Communion Office, the Lambeth Conference and the Archbishop of Canterbury, its Primus inter pares; currently wrestling with issues of gender and sexuality that will affect the future of worldwide Anglicanism.
With schism already brought about by the actions of Gafcon in north America, this latest push for supremacy in the Anglican Communion would seem to be a deliberate intention to further split the Communion into Conservative and Liberal factions – a situation now desperately being brought into contention in the original Church of England.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand