ReNew is advancing Anglican Evangelical ministries for the salvation of England.
Reference has been made in newspapers and on social media this week to ‘Credible Bishops’, a discussion document produced for the 2016 ReNew Conference. ReNew’s goal is to pioneer, establish, and secure healthy local Anglican churches across the length and breadth of England, and this document was designed to stimulate debate at last September’s conference.
Recent events, and discussions at General Synod, have served to reduce confidence in the structures of the Church of England.
There should be little surprise that Anglican Evangelicals in England are desirous of orthodox episcopal oversight. They are eager to remain in the strongest possible fellowship with those in the Church of England and in the vast majority of global Anglicanism, who are faithful in theology and practice to our historic formularies.
Such oversight may emerge in different ways for the benefit of the many churches and separate organisations associated with ReNew.
There are significant encouragements and numerous examples of churches and regions forging ahead with the ReNew commitment. Yet, within the Church of England there are great challenges: doctrinal, ethical, and practical.
The task – to work for a nation of healthy local churches – could not be more important.
The need – a nation lost without Christ, and a denomination in which 'every man does what is right in his own eyes' – could not be greater.
This year's ReNew conference is called Gospel Advance. We remain convinced of the value of Anglican Evangelical ministry and are determined to advance it both within and outside the Church of England.
In September we shall be considering together how each region advances the gospel, as we pursue our goal of pioneering, establishing, and securing healthy local Anglican churches.
Our major theological theme at the conference will be the Atonement and Christoper Ash will be our speaker. Other contributors will include Sam Allberry, George Crowder, Matthew Mason, Vaughan Roberts, Glen Scrivener, Robin Weekes, and Paul Williams. We shall also be hearing from a number of churches where bold and innovative evangelistic initiatives are taking place.
Together we shall explore the implications, in each region, of an important paper by Mark Burkill and Peter Sanlon on the limits of fellowship and how broken fellowship could be expressed.
I look forward to seeing you in Leeds this September.
William Taylor, Chairman, ReNew.