Theological Resources for a Pilgrimage to a Global Anglican Future
Over 1000 senior leaders from seventeen provinces in the Anglican Communion, representing 35 million church-going Anglicans, have registered for the Global Anglican Future Conference and Pilgrimage (GAFCON) in Jerusalem in June 2008.
GAFCON has stated that the goals of the Pilgrimage are ‘to provide an opportunity for fellowship, so that we continue to experience and proclaim the transforming love of Christ; to develop a renewed understanding of our identity as Anglican Christians, and to prepare for an Anglican future in which the Gospel is uncompromised and Christ-centred mission is a top priority.’
This document sets out why we have decided to meet, what is at stake, and what are the possible ways forward.
‘What had been “in the works” for some years – the challenge to the authority of the Bible, in all matters of faith and practice, both within the Church and in personal morality – suddenly became a public reality … in 2003 … the Anglican Communion was at a crossroads; it had to decide, without further hesitation, which way to go. One road, that of compromising Biblical truth, would lead to destruction and disunity. The other road might have its own obstacles, but it would lead to God and to life. It is this second road that has brought us to GAFCON.
What beliefs do GAFCON Anglicans hold? These papers, written by members of the GAFCON Theological Resource Team, reaffirm our Christian faith as it relates to some prime topics: Anglican identity and orthodoxy, the Lordship of Jesus Christ and its implications for personal morality and in mission, and the whole issue of authority, Christ’s authority in the Church and the authority of the Bible … [also] the all-important issue of worship, yesterday, today and tomorrow.’ (from the Preface)
Editors: Vinay Samuel, Chris Sugden and Sarah Finch