The Leaders Conference convenes
In less than a week over 200 delegates from 27 countries will be meeting in London. We confidently expect that new friendships will be forged, networks inaugurated, truths proclaimed and God’s people equipped for service. The Lord will bless Anglicans everywhere as these leaders are united and strengthened. We will experience again, with thanks to God, the universality of the Gospel.
Central to the teaching of the conference will be the uniqueness and sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Epistle to the Colossians has been chosen as the Biblical book to be studied because of its unmatched teaching on this theme. The plenary session each day will continue to unfold the implications of this subject for contemporary Christians as we consider, ‘Christ the Lord of his World’, ‘Christ the Lord of his Church and its Mission’, and ‘Christ the Lord of our Lives’. We are praying that every delegate will be strengthened in their confidence in Christ.
At the same time, seminars will explore key issues and equip the participants. We will be discussing the Gospel, the Church, the Family, and the nature of Leadership, Aid and Development, and Evangelism. These involve some of the big challenges facing Anglican Christians today and we hope that they will begin conversations and contributions not just at the conference, but from all over the Communion.
Throughout the world-wide Anglican Communion the theological and ethical issues of the last decade continue to divide and destroy. It seems as though the concept of a covenant is not going to commend itself, following its reversal in the Church of England. As Bishop Nazir-Ali has observed, ‘The Jerusalem declaration is the only game in town.’ From this point of view, the Leaders Conference could not have come at a more propitious time. We have the opportunity to gather around a strong theological centre and to show how the bold proclamation of the Biblical gospel can renew and encourage Anglican Christians everywhere.
In the words of Archbishop Eliud Wakukala, Archbishop of Kenya and Chairman of the FCA Primates’ Council ‘We are committed to building networks and partnerships of orthodox Anglicans, strong in their witness to Jesus Christ and the transforming power of his Spirit, to face the challenge of mission around the world’.
The FCA is all about securing a strong base for the future of the gospel in our churches. Clearly, the conference will be working towards a visionary future for world Anglicanism.
If you are in London, you are invited to join with the conference delegates in a Celebration of Thanksgiving and Praise at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster on Thursday April 26th from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Tickets are £5. To register online visit http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2012/02/29/an-evening-with-the-primates-council-of-fca/#more-56641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Again we ask for your partnership in this conference, through your prayers. In particular please pray for:
- Resolution of any remaining travel matters for delegates (e.g., visas)
- Safe travel and good health of delegates
- Faithful and Spirit-filled teaching from the Scriptures
- Heartfelt unity and fellowship
- A God-given vision for the future of Anglicanism, in light of the current challenges
- Clear goals and a common mind in service of Christ
We are grateful to those who responded generously to the first FCA newsletter sent 20 March, and who gave financially to support the needs of the conference and the FCA movement.
If you would like to support the FCA at this significant time for the life of the Anglican Communion there is a PayPal facility on the FCA website.
Follow the conference
It is our intention to provide updates during the conference so that you can join with us, through your prayers. Please watch the Conference section of the GAFCON website for updates. The direct URL is http://gafcon.org/conferences/london-2012
Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen,
General Secretary, Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans