ReNew 2014: unity around a positive gospel agenda for England
Thank you for praying for the staff team when we were at the ReNew Conference on 22-23 September. 330 vicars and curates, and a number of senior lay leaders (including Giles Rawlinson and Philip Robinson) gathered at the Chesford Grange near Warwick for the conference which was organised jointly by Church Society; Reform (chaired by former Emmanuelite Rod Thomas); and the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), led by current Emmanuelite Andy Lines. It was heartening to sense a real gospel unity amongst us. We even got an article written about it in The Specator!
The Basis of Faith and ReNew Commitment were agreed by the Councils and Steering Groups of these organisations, and by other Anglican evangelical leaders. Delegates were then asked to sign the ReNew 2014 Commitment at the end of the conference which I did gladly. We are now being encouraged to ask our Church Councils to sign this, and we will discuss this at our November meeting.
The ReNew 2014 Commitment is as follows. Please do be in touch if you have any questions. And let’s together pray that the Lord honours and prospers this commitment – for His glory and the eternal good of the souls of England.
ReNew 2014 Commitment
A. As individuals and churches we commit, by God’s grace and in God’s strength, to pray and to work for a nation of healthy, local Anglican churches throughout England.
B. In particular from October 2014 – September 2015, we commit to use our best endeavours:
1. Locally to
a. Investigate the opportunities to revitalise an existing Church of England church and/or plant with or without diocesan approval; and
b. Devise a strategy to establish my/our local Anglican church in good health, and/or to secure my/our local Anglican church for the next generation.
2. Regionally to work with other Anglican Evangelicals
a. to take responsibility for our region to pioneer, establish and secure healthy Anglican churches. To this end we will work to recruit, train and deploy men and women for Anglican ministry in local churches; and
b. to contend together for the faith once delivered to the saints by developing a joint approach to working within our diocese /region given the theological convictions and teaching of the diocesan leadership.
3. Nationally to support Reform, AMiE, and Church Society so they can work together to:
a. create a national database of Anglican Evangelical churches, clergy and laity;
b. train men and women for gospel ministry (selection & funding);
c. provide advice on appointing a vicar: patronage, parish profiles etc;
d. provide a national leadership conference: ReNew;
e. encourage the provision of training for church planting;
f. provide advice and training on political and legal issues;
g. provide advice to help churches and regions contend;
h. engage and contend at a national level – with the Church of England, state and media;
i. publish accessible theological studies; and
j. ensure the provision of authorised episcopal oversight.
4. To come together again at ReNew 2015 from 21-22 September 2015.
C. We are committed to support one another and stand together, nationally. Therefore we request a representative group from Reform, AMiE, and Church Society to meet, plan, and bring a proposal in 2015 for our mutual support and united stance.