There are many different Christian churches and denominations, but all have the same basic calling – to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people.
So they often need to work together, as well as co-ordinate the work they each do separately. When they do, they are acting as Churches Together.
But being Churches Together means more than that. It means commitment by each church and denomination to deepen its fellowship with the others and, without losing what makes each interestingly different, to work with them towards a greater visible unity.
To help the churches live as Churches Together, a number of small organisations have been created to ease their way. There is one in almost every town or community to help them to work together locally.
Christian mission today takes place within a fast-changing world. Economic differences shape the nature of relationships between global regions. Inequalities are common. God’s mission sounds a different note – partnership and reconciliation instead of domination, learning from each other instead of exploitation.
Mission today is about showing God’s love in God’s world. Seeing God at work and following where God leads. It is about serving others, being responsive to local situations and seeing lives changed.
The Churches Network for Mission seeks to assist the churches, agencies and the ecumenical bodies in our common task of participating in God’s mission in the world.
This is the statement of belief for Churches Together in England, and is applicable at all levels, from CTE Presidents to local groups of Churches Together.
Churches Together in England unites 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.