Churches Together in England

Churches Together in England (CTE)

Churches Together in England is the national body set up in 1990 by the churches following the 1987 Swanwick Declaration. At a national level CTE has 44 Member Churches or Councils of Churches and 49 Intermediate Bodies. The member churches are committed to the development of ecumenical commitment locally, at intermediate (county) levels and nationally.

CTE is a visible sign of the Churches' commitment as they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another, and proclaim the Gospel together by common mission, witness and service. Its strength comes from people from different traditions finding new ways to work and worship together.

Churches Together in England's Basis is to unite in pilgrimage those churches in England which, acknowledging God's revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God's will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: 

  • to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and 
  • to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Presidents

There are four Presidents of Churches Together in England: 

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury 
  • The Archbishop of Westminster 
  • The Free Churches Moderator 
  • The Fourth President nominated by the other churches in England -
    including Orthodox, Black Majority, Lutheran and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Methodist Church's interests are represented by the Free Churches Moderator, see the Free Churches Group on this website.

The Presidents meet regularly to discuss matters of concern to the Churches in England. Their meetings are facilitated by the General Secretary of CTE.

In June 2002 the then Presidents signed a Personal Covenant in the presence of HM The Queen, at Windsor. This has subsequently been signed by new Presidents

City and County Ecumenical Bodies

These are based in counties and large cities and are served by County Ecumenical Officers who are appointed by the local denominations represented on the 'sponsoring body'. They exist to encourage and support LEPs, local Churches Together Groups and ecumenical relationships in general. CTE's website lists the current County or Intermediate bodies.  

One important aspect of CTE's work is its annual training course for new ecumenical officers.  It is for:

• Recently-appointed County Ecumenical Officers
• Recently-appointed Denominational Ecumenical Officers
• Ecumenical facilitators who wish to build on their experience

The Work of CTE

CTE specialises in particular areas of work to which significant staff time is given. Links to these areas of work can be found via working together or co-ordinating groups on the CTE website.

This is far from the complete picture of ecumenical working relationships in England as many county bodies are involved in a range of activities.

Churches Together in England's report ' Who is my Neighbour?' is an expression of the churches' deep concern about negative gang-related social disorder and violent crimes; their effects upon society at large, particularly the young; and the perspectives of the churches on and contributions to finding solutions. The report aims to quantify and value the contribution of the churches in addressing gang-related social disorder, reveal gaps in thinking and provision and provide churches with guidelines of good practice. It also aims to identify partnership opportunities to better address the issue.

CTE News

It is possible to sign up to an email alert for notice when a new edition of CTE-News is available on the website. CT e-news includes stories of local, national and international ecumenical interest and provides a mutual exchange of good news stories.

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