Billy Kennedy, leader of Pioneer, has been appointed as one of the Presidents of Churches Together in England. There are 6 Presidents of the Churches Together in England group representing 43 member denominations.
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 a) to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and b) 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.’
There are six Presidents of Churches Together in England:
- The Archbishop of Canterbury (Archbishop Justin Welby)
- The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols)
- The Free Churches Moderator (Revd Dr Hugh Osgood)
- The Fourth President nominated by the other churches in England including Lutheran, the Religious Society of Friends, ie the Quakers and the new churches (Billy Kennedy from Pioneer)
- Orthodox (HE Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain)
- Pentecostal (Bishop Eric Brown)
The Presidents meet regularly to discuss matters of concern to the Churches in England. Their meetings are facilitated by the General Secretary of CTE.
In June 2002 the then Presidents signed a Personal Covenant in the presence of HM The Queen, at Windsor. This Covenant has subsequently been signed by new Presidents as they are appointed.
Speaking about his appointment, Billy says:
‘I am thrilled to be the first leader of a new church network to take on the role of a President of Churches Together in England to represent a number of new church streams, the Lutheran and German speaking churches and the Society of Friends. Over the past few decades thousands of new churches have formed creating new expressions of church life in villages, towns and cities across England. I am pleased to be able to draw some of these new churches to the ecumenical table to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ and make our contribution to the unfolding unity of the church in England.’
Further information on www.cte.org.uk