MORE THAN WE CAN ASK OR IMAGINE!
Established by John Stott in 1961, the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) has played a substantial role in international gospel work. In fact, there are many national EFAC Chapters around the world, each working to promote biblical faithfulness in their own context.
As a result of the 2018 renewed global initiative, those regional movements have become increasingly united, equipped, and energized. Moreover, EFAC has seen interest from Christian leaders in many other countries in developing their own national Chapter. The purpose of EFAC is to serve all Chapters through training conferences and materials, cooperation in resource development, the strategic use of websites, newsletters, and other media, provision of Bible study materials, the Theological Resource Network, and, in the near future, the development of an Anglican School for Leadership Formation. EFAC is also facilitating the formation of partnerships between EFAC and related organizations, such as evangelical seminaries, Langham, Lausanne, and others.
The purpose of EFAC is to encourage and develop biblically faithful fellowship, teaching and mission throughout the Anglican world.
The aims of the Fellowship, as stated below, rest on the conviction that a strong witness to the 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- to foster fellowship and unity among evangelical Anglicans throughout the world.
- to function as a resource group to develop and encourage biblically faithful leadership in all spheres of life.
- to provide a forum –
- for taking counsel together on important issues, in order where possible to develop policies in matters of common concern, and
- for articulating gospel distinctives in the areas of faith, order, life and mission by consultations and publications.
The basic purposes of EFAC have remained the same since its inception in 1961. However, EFAC has now adjusted its practices to serve the contemporary world. It is now possible for almost every corner of the Anglican family to be inter-connected in ways unimaginable in earlier days. Through convenient travel and the expanding Internet, we can make Bible teaching, fellowship and personal connections, even organizational meetings, more accessible than ever before. This is being accomplished.
For example, although the Anglican presence in Africa, Asia, and South America has grown in encouraging ways, in recent years, moral and doctrinal confusion in some Western provinces has impaired relationships. Separate ecclesial bodies have been formed and energy has been diverted from vital missiological concerns. EFAC is acting as a bridge, bringing unity and encouragement to the evangelical Anglican Church.
EFAC is utilizing all the tools available in this modern age to preserve and strengthen the Church of today and tomorrow. It is developing resources for ministry. Cooperating widely, it is developing broad congregational and individual financial support for EFAC and its Chapters, sharing resources, promoting assistance for special projects, and stewarding historic resources for the best ministry outcomes.
Our goal is to raise up a generation of empowered, biblically faithful, servant leaders who will work together to raise up future generations for Christ.
The EFAC international Council is represented by an Executive Committee that meets several times a year to manage the affairs of the fellowship in between Council meetings. .
The Rt Rev Stephen Hale is Chair the Executive Committee and Chair of EFAC Australia. Stephen is currently Lead Minister of the St Hilary’s Network and was previously the Bishop of the Eastern Region in the Diocese of Melbourne. He is passionate about church growth and reaching those outside the church community. Stephen is married to Karen and has two adult children, James and Kate.
The Rt Rev Seth Ndayirukiye is the bishop of the diocese of Matana in Burundi, and is called to preach the word of God, witness to His power, and pray for His disciples. Seth is Chair of the Evangelism and Chaplaincy Commission in the House of Bishops, Vice-Chair of Burundi Bible Society Council, and former member of ECGI-Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative/Anglican Witness of the Anglican Communion. He is married to Reverend Yvette and has four boys and a seven-year-old daughter, Didia.
The Rt Rev Henry Okeke leads EFAC-Nigeria, is bishop of the diocese of Mbamili in Southeast Nigeria, and is the GAFCON Deputy General Secretary for West Africa. Henry is an expert on evangelism and church planting and is passionate about the need for Christian leaders to place a high value on integrity. Despite a scarcity of funds, food, and healthcare, no matter what they are facing (even floods), the integrity of the church, family, diocese and person is vital. Henry is married to Julie, and they are blessed with four lovely children: Shalom, Gloria, Dorcas & Victoria.
The Rev Vijay Kumar is from North India. He is Presbyter in Charge under Rt Rev Samantaroy at Christ Church Cathedral in the diocese of Amritsar. Vijay is committed to spiritual renewal, education, human rights, and peace building, as he works in a society, which includes Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus and where Christians are a small minority.
The Rt. Rev Keith Sinclair is the Chair of the EFAC Board of Trustees. He is currently Bishop of Birkenhead in England, having previously served as a vicar in Coventry and Aston in Birmingham and as a solicitor in Birmingham before ordination. Keith is passionate about evangelism, justice, and renewal, which is fully in keeping with the goals of EFAC. He is married to Rosie and has three children.
As a charity organized under British law, the trustees oversee the legal aspects of the EFAC.
EFAC is in process of recruiting the expert help needed to meet the increased demands of its expanded vision. At this time, much is accomplished by a small, dedicated team. We anticipate that a larger staff will further magnify our impact and are excited at the prospect
The Rev Dr. Peter Walker serves EFAC as director of the Theological Resource Network. As a former professor at Trinity School for Ministry, a lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and a prolific author, Peter has a passion for accurate Biblical teaching. With two doctorates (in Biblical and Patristics Studies), he is more than qualified to lead the EFAC initiatives, especially because, in Peter’s words, he has “a profound sense of call to be a teacher who would prepare others for ordained ministry.” Peter is married to Georgie and has two children.
Julia Cameron is the EFAC Director the Publishing. Bringing over 25 years of experience to the table, much of it in international publishing with OMF International, IFES and the Lausanne Movement, Julia works to provide good theological resources to EFACters around the world. To know more about Julia’s personal writing, visit her website at www.dictumpress.com. Julia worships at St-Ebbe’s, Oxford, where she serves on the church council and ministers to post-graduates.T
The international Council is composed of evangelical Anglican Church leaders from around the world. This council provides EFAC with expertise and advice, information regarding their region, and guidance in how more effectively to serve regional EFAC chapters. It is the EFAC Leadership group and currently has voting representatives from eight countries with correspondent members from about 15 more. Our goal, eventually, is to have EFAC chapters on every continent and in every country, shown on the home page.
WE WILL UPHOLD EVANGELICAL TRUTH BY:
- Teaching and defending our biblical reformed heritage, which is focused on Grace
- Further developing the Theological Resource Network
- Investing in leadership formation
WE WILL ENCOURAGE FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL BY:
- Supporting existing national/provincial EFAC Chapters
- Encouraging and aiding in their formation where none exist
- Visiting developing and existing Chapters
- Enabling partnerships with other similarly-minded groups for joint initiatives
WE WILL WORK THROUGHOUT THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION AND BEYOND BY:
- Working with our international Council and Executive Committee
- Resourcing for ministries that include spiritual, social and psychological dimensions
- Planning a series of conferences to teach on the meaning of evangelical Anglicanism
- Cooperating in mission, evangelism and service
OBJECTIVES AND KEY RESULTS
Best practice is to formulate 3 or 4 objectives that come from the SWOT analysis and aims of the organization. Key Results are measurable goals, >70% completion of which demonstrates achievement of the particular Objective. These are the Objectives formulated by the international Council, along with Key Results formulated and approved by them, the staff, and the Executive Committee.
Key Results (Specific Projects)
Develop a worldwide Anglican evangelical identity, to promote fellowship, diversity and unity in truth.
Implement a strategy to describe and commend being “Evangelical” in the Anglican context. Clarify the issues at stake, and plan its dissemination via geographical clergy conferences and, eventually, an international conference.Increase diversity in leadership structures: with respect to geographical region, language, profession, and gender.Increase the numbers involved in the prayer/intercessor chain.Appoint a Communication Contact in each Chapter, to encourage wider participation in the EFAC online presence.
Develop organizational structures to increase visibility and enable mission
Confirm an effective constitution that clarifies the Statement of Faith and the role of the Trustees, as it enables the aims to be reached.Establish five new Chapters in 2019.Enable Staff to visit five Chapters, with reports in the newsletter, website, and another publication as to activity.
Develop biblical literacy
Select a TRN of theologians; hold two TRN consultations per year around a topic of local concern, with results to be published.Initiate a plan/partner with others to endorse and make available an introduction to biblical theology:At a basic level for new or uninstructed believers.At a pre-theological training level, for lay leaders and potential ordinands.Publish two popular level articles of news, views and reflections in each EFAC online newsletter.Publicize a peer-reviewed theological article from a TRN member.Publish six theological articles in the next year through the EFAC monthly online newsletter. (TRN)Select African editors for “Disciples who Make Disciples”; publish in English in Kenya, Nigeria; select translators for more versions.
Develop financial resources to support projects and growth
Agree budget and plan to raise it for 2019, and review for 2020.Raise budget with widespread support from member groups, congregations, individuals, trusts and fee-based services.Agree and plan fundraising projects, which might include EFAC teaching tours, book royalties, conferences, retreat presentations.
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