The name of the Fellowship shall be ‘The Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion’.
The aims of the Fellowship, as stated below, rest on the conviction that a strong witness to the great biblical and Reformation principles is essential for the life and health of the Anglican Communion, within the wider context of seeking first God’s kingdom and the building up of his people. These aims are:
(1) to promote the supreme authority of Scripture in matters of both faith and conduct throughout the Anglican Communion at every level of its life and witness.
(2) to share with members of the Anglican Communion a commitment to biblical obedience, particularly in the areas of Christian discipleship, servant leadership, church renewal, and mission in the world.
(3) to foster fellowship and unity among evangelical Anglicans throughout the world.
(4) to function as a resource group to develop and encourage biblically faithful leadership in all spheres of life.
(5) to provide a forum –
(a) for taking counsel together on important issues, in order where possible to develop policies in matters of common concern, and
(b) for articulating gospel distinctives in the areas of faith, order, life and mission by consultations and publications.
Statement of Faith
As members of the Anglican Communion within the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, we affirm the faith, which is uniquely revealed in the holy Scriptures, set forth in the catholic creeds, and of which The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion are a general exposition. Standing in the Reformed tradition, we lay special emphasis on the grace of God – his unmerited mercy – as expressed in the doctrines which follow:
(1) God as the Source of Grace. In continuity with the teaching of Holy Scripture and the Christian creeds, we worship one God in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has created all things, and us in his own image; all life, truth, holiness, and beauty come from him. His Son Jesus Christ, full God and fully man, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, rose and ascended to reign in glory.
(2) The Bible as the Revelation of Grace. We receive the canonical books of the Old and New Testament as the wholly reliable revelation and record of God’s grace, given by the Holy Spirit as the true word of God written. The Bible has been given to lead us to salvation, to be the ultimate rule for Christian faith and conduct, and the supreme authority by which the Church must ever reform itself and judge its traditions.
(3) The Atonement as the Work of Grace. We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
(4) The Church as the Community of Grace. We hold that the Church is God’s covenant community, whose members, drawn from every nation, having been justified by grace through faith, inherit the promises made to Abraham and fulfilled in Christ. As a fellowship of the Spirit manifesting his fruit and exercising his gifts, it is called to worship God grow in grace, and bear witness to him and his Kingdom. God’s Church is one body and must ever strive to discover and experience that unity in truth and love which it has in Christ, especially through its confession of the apostolic faith and in its observance of the dominical Sacraments.
(5) The Sacraments as the Signs and Seals of Grace. We maintain that the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion proclaim the gospel as effective and visible signs of our justification and sanctification, and as true means of God’s grace to those who repent and believe. Baptism is the sign of forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Spirit, new birth to righteousness and entry into the fellowship of the People of God. Holy Communion is the sign of the living, nourishing presence of Christ through his Spirit to his people; the memorial of his one, perfect completed and all- sufficient sacrifice for sin, from whose achievement all may benefit but in whose atoning self-offering none can share; and an occasion to offer through him our sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise.
(6) Ministry as the Stewardship of Grace. We share, as the people of God, in a royal priesthood common to the whole Church, and in the community of the Suffering Servant. Our mission is the proclamation of the gospel by the preaching of the word, as well as by caring for the needy, challenging evil and promoting justice and a more responsible use of the world’s resources. It is the particular vocation of bishops and presbyters, together with deacons, to build up the body of Christ in truth and love, as pastors, teachers, and servants of the servants of God.
(7) Christ’s Return as the Triumph of Grace. We look forward expectantly to the final manifestation of Christ’s grace and glory when he comes again to raise the dead, judge the world, vindicate his chosen and bring his Kingdom to its eternal fulfillment in the new heaven and the new earth.
Membership, and Assent to the Aims, Statement of Faith, and Declaration
(a) The members of the Fellowship shall consist of (i) those national or regional evangelical groups in the Anglican Communion (hereinafter called ‘group members’) and (ii) those individual Anglican evangelicals (hereinafter called ‘individual members’) whom the Council shall at its discretion admit to membership.
(b) Each member of EFAC (whether group or individual member), upon admission to membership, and each (i) Officer, (ii) member of the Council, and (iii) member of the Executive Committee, upon assuming or re-assuming office, shall signify in writing their agreement with the Aims and Statement of Faith set out in sections 2 and 3 above, respectively, and the following additional declaration:
We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family. We repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed commitment to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are not married.
(c) No group may be admitted to membership unless, in the opinion of the Council, it is representative of the evangelical Anglicans in its particular region or nation.
(d) No individual may be admitted to membership if there is in the nation or region in which he normally resides either a group member or a group which is in the opinion of the Council eligible for group membership.
(e) Unless and until the Council otherwise resolve there shall be no limit to the number of members.
(a) The affairs of the Fellowship shall be administered and managed by the Council.
(b) The Council shall consist of 2 representatives from each group member, being normally the group member’s President or Chairman and Secretary, or such other 2 persons as the group member may by resolution of its governing body appoint.
(c) All members of the Council’s Executive Committee shall also be ex officio members of the Council. See below para. 6(d).
(d) The Council may at any time co-opt any person as a Councilor either to fill a casual vacancy or by way of addition to the Council, provided that the number of co-opted Councilors at any time shall not exceed one quarter of the total number of Councilors for the time being.
(e) Each Councilor shall be entitled to one vote.
(f) The Council shall meet at least once in every 5 years.
(g) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution the Council may make such regulations as it thinks fit for the conduct of its own affairs and the affairs of the Fellowship.
(a) The Council may delegate the management of its affairs, upon such terms as it thinks fit, to an Executive Committee.
(b) The Executive Committee shall consist of the chief officers appointed by the Council, namely the Fellowship’s President, the Executive Committee’s Chairman, the General Secretary, the Treasurer and the Regional Secretaries, together with up to three members nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by the Council.
(c) Regional Secretaries who find themselves unable to attend a meeting of the Executive Committee may nominate an alternate with the approval of the Chairman and General Secretary.
(d) All members of the Executive Committee shall be ex officio members of the Council.
(e) The Executive Committee may appoint sub-committees at its discretion.
(f) The Minutes of Executive Committee meetings shall be sent to all members of the Council.
(a) The Council shall have power from time to time to appoint such persons as it thinks fit to hold the offices of President, Vice-President, Executive Committee Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Secretaries, and such other officers as may be deemed necessary.
(b) EFAC Regional Secretaries shall be appointed by the Council on the nomination of its Executive Committee and after consultation with EFAC members in the region. Their rôle shall be to promote the aims and work of EFAC in their region by encouraging group members and correspondents, by being available to them for consultation, and by representing their region on the Executive Committee.
(c) In those regions or nations of the world where no group member exists, the Council shall appoint (on the nomination of its Executive Committee) EFAC Correspondents. Their rôle shall be to recruit individual members, keep in touch with them, send them EFAC Bulletins, and look towards the day when the individual members are ready to form themselves into a fellowship which will apply to EFAC for group membership.
(d) Officers shall hold office for a period of 5 years and shall be eligible for reappointment on such terms and with such duties as the Council shall determine.
(e) The General Secretary’s duties and terms of appointment shall be determined by the Executive Committee, to whom he/she shall be immediately responsible.
The Council may from time to time invite widely acknowledged evangelical Anglican leaders to be patrons of the Fellowship, and thereby to lend it their name, support and counsel. Patrons are free to attend, speak and vote at Council meetings, and shall receive all the literature which is sent to the Council. Their appointment shall be reviewed every five years.
The Executive Committee shall approve an annual budget and present audited accounts to the Council. The Executive Committee shall hold funds on behalf of the Council, which shall be raised mainly by group members and individual members.
The Constitution may be altered only by a Resolution of the Council passed by a three-quarter’s majority of all the Councilors. Any meeting called to consider a resolution relating to the amendment of the Constitution shall be called by at least two calendar months' written notice (calculated as from the date of posting), and such written notice shall set out the resolution to be considered and shall state that Councilors may vote either in person or by proxy or by post.
This Constitution was ratified by the Council on February 7th, 2019