According to Justin Welby last November, world Anglicanism is a ‘flourishing Communion but also a divided Communion’. The Church of England is not immune: churches are growing, yet tensions are rarely far away.
This year’s DEF conferences – daytime in St Albans, evening in Bedford – take a candid look at the challenges and opportunities facing evangelicals in the Church of England and the wider communion. What will it mean for us to act with principled and loving biblical faithfulness? How should we relate authentically to those who deeply disagree with us? And what are the opportunities for the gospel in current debates?
Evangelicals are grateful for the many opportunities in our diocese today. Yet we must engage with the challenges to biblical faith and practice in the Church of England as a whole – and beyond. This day will enable us to take counsel together, and to strengthen discipleship and ministry in the face of such questions.
Paul Perkin is well placed to guide us. Senior Pastor of the thriving St Mark’s Battersea Rise (Southwark Diocese), one of the first HTB church plants, and a former General Synod member, Paul has deep experience of both parish ministry and the national and global scene. He will open up the Scriptures, help us understand the issues, and bring us his perspective on the challenges the future may bring.
In addition to engaging with current issues, these conferences continue to be wonderful opportunities for us to meet, worship together, share ideas, strengthen relationships, and pray for one another.
Please plan to be with us, and to bring friends.