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April 24, 2012


[CofE] Southwark Evangelicals Set Up “Ministry Trust”

This news is slowly coming out. From EV News (part of the Church Society):

Southwark Evangelicals set up alternative quota

The Church Times reports today (page 8) in a short news item that evangelicals in the diocese of Southwark are planning to set up an alternative quota:

‘Evangelicals in the diocese of Southwark are drawing up plans for an alternative parish share. It is understood that documents to set up the scheme, which will be a registered charity, were scheduled to be signed yesterday. About 100 Evangelical clergy and lay people met the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, earlier this month (News, 5 April) to protest about the lack of Evangelicals in senior posts.’

(Source: The Church Times, 20/04/2012)

and then this

Due to widespread concerns in the Diocese of Southwark, a Trust is being established to support the ministry cost of parish clergy.

There will be a presentation for members of the Diocese of Southwark Evangelical Union and other interested bodies within the next couple of months, which will include a question and answer session, and briefing papers to take away for Parochial Church Councils to discuss, should they want them.

There has already been an expression of interest from clergy in the Diocese of Salisbury, because of their own local concerns.

This is tremendous news, not to mention a clear indication that the new Bishop of Southwark has failed to get to grips with the obvious bias in his diocesan selection processes. It looks like, rather than paying part of the regular quota to the diocese which covers clergy stipends, that portion will be sent somewhere else and the stipends paid out of it. That “somewhere else” will no longer be distributed by the bishop. There’s really not a clearer way of saying “we don’t want you over us”.

Or, in other words, if the liberals in the hierarchy refuse to promote orthodoxy and do the opposite ... cut off the cash.


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Those who tolerate the liberals in CofE have been warned, time and again.  This is what will happen if you walk with liberals down the same path that TEC has been following for years.

It is no accident that this is happening in the ultra-liberal Diocese of Southwark.  But it sets a precedent for action across the whole CofE.  Withholding of dues and alternative arrangements to pay orthodox clergy has been happening for a long time, but only on an isolated and unacknowledged basis.  This is open and direct.

[1] Posted by MichaelA on 4-24-2012 at 08:11 PM · [top]

The Urban Pastor (Richard Perkins, an evangelical priest in the Diocese of Southwark) has a couple of articles about this on his blog: http://theurbanpastor.wordpress.com/

[2] Posted by MichaelA on 4-26-2012 at 06:39 PM · [top]

Further for those interested in events in England, the Anglican Mission in England has issued this communique.  See: http://anglicanmissioninengland.org/statement-celebration-anglican-communion-emmanuel-centre-westminster

Note the date for the next meeting:

“The AMiE has already acted to provide oversight to churches, including arranging the ordination of some ministers. For the future it is ready to extend this ministry, and to expand its panel of bishops accordingly. Parish Incumbents who affirm the Jerusalem Declaration are invited to meet on Wednesday 27th June to pray and make progress together.”

Things seem to be hotting up. 

Although the authors of the communique are not stated, Anglican Mainstream indicates that they are +Ellison (formerly Bishop of Paraguay and now an assistant bishop in Dio. Winchester) and Paul Perkins+, the rector of St Marks Battersea Rise, which is where the Gafcon meeting is currently being held.

[3] Posted by MichaelA on 4-26-2012 at 07:38 PM · [top]

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