What is Reform?
Who we are
Established in 1993, Reform is a network of individuals and churches within the Church of England. We are committed to reforming the Church of England from within according to the Holy Scriptures.
For the glory of God and the salvation of many the Church of England is well placed to bring the gospel to this nation but only if it stays true to the Bible. Reform members are working to identify practical ways of reforming the Church of England to enable the clear proclamation of the gospel that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Some recent highlights
2015 In the elections for General Synod 37 members of Reform are voted on to General Synod. Rod Thomas is made the Bishop of Maidstone. The ReNew conference continues to grow in numbers.
2014 Reform works with AMiE and Church Society for the second ReNew conference.
2013 Reform appoints Susie Leafe as its first director. In November the first ReNew conference meets.
2010: The elections for General Synod returned 31 members of Reform as members of General Synod. This represents a significant increase.
2008: Reform members played an active role in the GAFCON meeting in Jerusalem
2007: Our Panel of Reference was established to provide assessment of suitability for ministry for potential Anglican ordinands alongside existing selection procedures.
2006: Reform members were involved in formulating the Covenant for the Church of England, which provides a clear statement of identity and action for orthodox Anglicans.
What we do
Underpinned by dependent prayer and the faithful proclamation of God's word, Reform has a five-point strategy to achieve our aim:
- Network Reform maintains strong connections with other Anglican groups: Church Society, Fellowship of Word and Spirit (FWS), Anglican Mainstream, New Wine and Crosslinks. The councils of Reform, Church Society and FWS meet jointly to pray and plan.
- Engage Reform is in direct dialogue with the Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops. Reform members participate actively in the Church of England Evangelical Council. We also engage with the Church and national media to present a clear evangelical position for the denomination.
- Inform Reform seeks to inform and educate its membership and others on issues affecting the Church of England. We publish papers to stimulate thought and discussion. Issues covered include: the role of women in the local church; the question of where authority in the Church lies; and the supremacy of Christ as Saviour.
- Consult Reform has 13 regional groups across the UK who meet for mutual encouragement, discussion, prayer and the planning of joint action. We organise regional conferences and an annual national conference.
- Act Reform encourages members to act both within and ‘on the edge' of the structures of the Church of England in order to demonstrate the necessity of change. Reform members are involved in the Church of England at all levels, including General Synod. They have also pioneered new ways of operating including ministry by visiting bishops and church planting. We actively encourage candidates for ordination and have established a Panel of Reference to help with selection for ministry.
Our understanding of God's way of life for his people includes:
- The special teaching responsibility of ordained leaders within the every-member ministry of the body of Christ, and the need to provide for its continuance. For relevant articles click here.
- The unique value of women's ministry in the local congregation but also the divine order of male headship, which makes the headship of women as priests in charge, incumbents, dignitaries and bishops inappropriate. For relevant articles click here.
- The vital importance of monogamous life-long marriage for the care and nurture of children, and the well being of human society. For relevant articles click here.
- The rightness of sexual intercourse in heterosexual marriage, and the wrongness of such activity both outside it and in all its homosexual forms. For relevant articles click here.
- The urgent need for decentralisation at national, diocesan and deanery level, and the need radically to reform the present shape of episcopacy and pastoral discipline, to enable local churches to evangelise more effectively. For relevant articles click here.
To learn more about the background to and the need for Reform, click here.
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