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Reform Media Statement on the appointment of Revd. Libby Lane

Members of the Reform network will be praying for the Rev Libby Lane and for the Diocese of Chester in the light of the announcement. Whilst not surprised by this appointment we are very concerned about the strain it will put on local diocesan relationships.

Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform, said, “We have known since July that the Church of England would seek to appoint women to the episcopate – against the biblical model of good church leadership. Though it grieves us, it comes as no surprise. We pray that the Bishop of Chester will uphold the promises made in July and enable the many thriving conservative evangelical churches in his Diocese to continue to serve their communities with theological integrity under the oversight of a male bishop.”

This appointment is an outworking of the decision of the majority of General Synod, which also dedicated itself to enabling evangelicals to flourish and we trust that the House of Bishops will uphold that commitment in the coming months as women are appointed to these senior roles.

Note to editors:

Reform is a network of individuals and churches promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ by reforming the Church of England – we are committed to growing a nation of healthy, local, Anglican churches and believe that the Bible clearly teaches that this is best done when men take self-sacrificial responsibility for the spiritual oversight of the domestic and church family.

Churches in the Reform network are 30% larger than average and a third have planted new congregations or churches in the past ten years. Reform have consistently voted against the approach taken to appoint female bishops as it is divisive and has the potential to alienate the very churches which represent the future viability of the Church of England.

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For further information please contact Susie Leafe, Director of Reform email director@reform.org.uk

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