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April 2018
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Church news – Induction at Eastney Evangelical Church

After more than three years without a pastor, Eastney Evangelical Church (EEC), Portsmouth, has welcomed Chris Thomas to the pastorate. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy for nearly 22 years, spending some time based at the nearby Eastney Barracks. His naval background is highly relevant in the historic naval city of Portsmouth. He became a Christian early in his career, and in 1983 Eastney Evangelical was the first church he ever attended. Chris says he became ‘increasingly aware of a call to gospel ministry’ and retired early from the Navy. He completed a course of ministerial training at London Theological Seminary and...

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April 2018
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Church news – Interim pastor for Caergwrle

Stuart Olyott, long-term friend and supporter of Evangelical Times, has accepted a unanimous invitation to be a part-time interim pastor at Caergwrle Evangelical Church. The little fellowship is situated in a village of about 1,700 people, situated almost six miles west of Wrexham, near the villages of Hope and Abermorddu. According to Mr Olyott, the church has been ‘a faithful witness to the gospel for decades, but has more recently had some difficulties. It has been on my heart for quite a long time’. God willing, Mr Olyott will start his ministry there on Easter Sunday, 1 April. The plan is that every week he...

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April 2018
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Church news – Edward Connor legal service

Legal help for evangelical churches will be given a fillip this year after the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) launches its Edward Connor organisation. Named after the founder of the FIEC, Edward Joshua Poole-Connor (EJPC), the organisation will be a separate charity, although linked to the FIEC in its governance. The FIEC is currently recruiting a team of qualified Christian solicitors who will provide legal services, not just to FIEC churches but also to other Christian groups who share the gospel aims and ethos. According to Gemma Adam, practical service director at the FIEC, writing in the organisation’s spring newsletter, although the FIEC’s practical...

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April 2018
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Anglicanism – Church Society in three-way merger

The Church Society Council, the Reform Council, and the trustees of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit (FWS) have agreed to a three-way merger. In a joint statement issued by the Church Society, the decision was made because of the challenges being presented to Reformed evangelical Anglicans at this time. The statement said: ‘It is in the light of our shared biblical, Reformed, Anglican faith and common goals that we have decided the challenges of the present time require us to unite our efforts so we are better placed to harness the energies of evangelicals in contending for the gospel’. The statement acknowledged that, although...

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March 2018
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Faithful ministry

Evangelical churches in the UK currently face the challenge of maintaining gospel proclamation, as well as defending scriptural principles and teaching against attacks from all sides. According to evangelical organisations and gospel partnerships, traditional, Bible-believing congregations across the UK are not just facing the ongoing challenge ‘to do the work of an evangelist’, but also to be wise apologists and defenders of the faith, and to take a principled stand against counter-biblical policy. With increasing pressure, politically and socially, clamping down on Christianity, coupled with the rising influence of Islam and the lack of solid biblical teaching, sadly in many churches, Bible-believing churches must rise...

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January 2018
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Church – Theses-style protest

Some evangelical Anglicans have used the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation to post a 95-theses-style complaint on the doors of five British cathedrals. The complaint called on the Church of England (CofE) to follow the Bible on LGBT issues, accusing the established church in the UK of ‘becoming corrupt’, as the church in Luther’s time had been. The first document was found nailed to the doors of Southwark Cathedral, a known liberal Anglican establishment. One document read: ‘500 years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Germany. ‘He did it because the church had become corrupt. Today a...

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August 2017
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Church – Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland has become embroiled in more controversy after its moderator, Rt Rev. Dr Derek Browning, took steps to allow its ministers to perform same-sex weddings, after the debating of a report in its General Assembly. According to the BBC, the report, put forward by its Theological Forum, acknowledged the Bible condemns same-sex acts, but claimed Scripture was framed by cultural context. Therefore, it suggested there was a ‘spectrum of interpretation’ among the Assembly. Rev. Prof. Iain Torrance, convener of the Theological Forum, said there was no theological reason not to allow ministers to conduct same-sex weddings. The report acknowledged ‘conservative arguments’ are...

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June 2017
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Church – Further, Faster UK

A new conference for church leaders seeking to re-shape their church to reach their communities has been launched in the UK by the team at US-based church, North Point Ministries. Called ‘Further, Faster UK’, the conference, running from 7-8 July 2017 in Berkshire, will share experiences from North Point Ministries in Atlanta, USA, where Andy Stanley is senior pastor. It will explore ways in which leadership teams can make a positive impact on their local community and create environments that not only appeal to those who do not attend church, but which encourage and inspire them to return and participate in church life. The two-day...

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June 2017
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Induction – Netherland induction

On 2 April 2017, Crossroads International Church formally inducted ASR William Wade, previously of the 16 Air Assault Brigade, as lead pastor. Rev. William Wade, who has been working with the Soldiers and Airman Scripture Readers’ Association (SASRA), began as lead pastor in May. More than 400 people were gathered at the church in the Hague, Netherlands, for the induction and welcoming of Mr Wade and his family.

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