Towards a Global Communion for the 21st Century

More than 200 delegates from 25 countries and 30 Provinces of the Anglican Communion gathered in London from 23rd to 27th April 2012 to build on the work of the Global Anglican Future Conference ( GAFCON) in Jerusalem.

The conference was preceded by The Primates Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) meeting for over three days, April 19th- 21st 2012 in London. The leaders met at St. Mark's Battersea Rise in London for five days of prayer, planning and plenary sessions.

With the theme, “ The supremacy of Christ over all creation, including his church and our very lives ,” the leaders, clergy and laity, committed to the preaching and defence of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in and through the Anglican Communion. Seminars ranged over key topics such as evangelism, family, economic empowerment, the Gospel, church and spiritual leadership under pressure.

The five days of the conference included daily worship and testimony, Bible studies and plenary sessions to strengthen the worldwide churches in delivering the Christian message to the world. The interactive seminars include explorations of spiritual leadership, family, evangelism, development and aid, the nature of the gospel and the theology of the church to equip the churches to defend and sustain the faith.

In his keynote address at the GAFCON/ Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) the GAFCON Primates Council Chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, termed the event as a key moment in following God's guidance for the Anglican Communion to overcome challenges and continuing crisis. Drawing from Micah 6:8, The Archbishop outlined the extent of unbiblical teaching in the communion and declared “The heart of the crisis we face is not only institutional, but spiritual.”

“ After some 450 years it is becoming clear that what some have called the ‘Anglican experiment' is not ending in failure, but is on the verge of a new and truly global future in which the original vision of the reformers can be realized as never before,” he remarked.

The delegates including bishops, clergy and laity, committed to mission and mutual support of GAFCON 2008 and to the goals of the FCA.

In 2008 the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was held in Jerusalem, drawing together more than 1100 Anglicans from around the world, including bishops, clergy and laity. The GAFCON conference held in Jerusalem established a Primates Council representing the majority of the world's Anglicans and set up a global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans as a movement within the Communion. The gathering in London is the first leadership conference since the landmark GAFCON meeting in Jerusalem in 2008.

The next Global Anglican Future Conference, with invitees including clergy and lay people, as well as bishops is scheduled for May 2013.

Photo Courtesy: GAFCON website

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