ANGLICAN CONVOCATION EUROPE
We stand for the historic Anglican faith and rejoice in the truths revealed in the Scriptures, rediscovered at the Reformation, of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.
We unite in the Jerusalem Declaration 2008, upholding the three historic catholic creeds, the Thirty-Nine Articles and the doctrines expressed in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal.
We trust the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
We rejoice to be part of – and contribute to – the worldwide fellowship of faithful Anglicans brought together by the Global Anglican Futures Conference (Gafcon) and we joyfully submit to the provision by the Gafcon Primates of faithful episcopal oversight for Europe.
Rt Rev Andy Lines
This action by the College was taken at the request of the Gafcon Primates following their meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in April 2017.
Bishop Andy was ordained in Paraguay where he led a pioneering work of encouraging training clergy and lay ministers. From 2000-2018 he served as Mission Director of Crosslinks, a Church of England society enabling mission initiatives in many parts of the world.
He is married to Mandy and they have three adult children.
ACE is part of the Anglican Network in Europe (ANiE) which was authorised as an Anglican structure in 2020 by the Archbishops of the Global Anglican Futures Conference (Gafcon). It is supported and overseen by them.
As such, ANiE is a partnership of biblically faithful Anglicans united around a shared commitment to the Jerusalem Declaration 2008 and to making Christ known across the continent of Europe.
ANiE is not part of the Canterbury-aligned national church structures but remains in fellowship with those faithful Anglicans who affirm the Jerusalem Declaration, and who have chosen to remain and bear witness within the historic Anglican structures.
ACE is part of the Global Anglican Futures Conference (Gafcon) which began in Jerusalem in 2008, bringing together faithful Anglican laity, clergy and Bishops from all over the world, committed to upholding the historic Christian confessions within Anglicanism. In 2009 Gafcon oversaw the formation of the Anglican Church in North America, and since then other new jurisdictions have followed in New Zealand and Brazil.
Archbishop Foley Beach, chairman of the Gafcon Primates Council, writes:
“We will preach the gospel, we will make disciples, we will plant churches, we will form new dioceses, and we will launch new Provinces everywhere in the world where the Anglican Communion has turned its back on the faith once delivered to the saints, and where they have turned their back on the collegiality of the faith that “has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” (St. Vincent of Lerins).” (Chairman’s letter, November 2020).
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