About the Evangelical Christian Church in England
To this day all the Evangelical Christian Churches are self governing in the tradition of Congregational polity. This movement is not "just another denomination" but an "assembly of believers" who have agreed together to love God, love each other, and to serve the world. We do not label ourselves as Orthodox, Roman Catholic or Protestant, just Christian. The Early Church's Roman and Greek Orthodox split followed by the Reformation established divisions and later denominations which can often be a barrier to our unity in today's world.
We believe in the biblical principles of respect for each other's viewpoint, loving one's neighbour and adhering to the word of God as far as we and others understand it and as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. We believe that differences in worship, praise, biblical interpretation and liturgical services should not divide us along denominational lines and an acceptance of our diversity should not label us as anything other than disciples of Jesus Christ - Christians. Therefore, the Evangelical Christian Church maintains a high commitment to religious freedom; Christian unity and the priesthood of all believers who make up the body of Christ.
As Christians, we are given the keys of the Kingdom of God through the power of the gospel of grace. That is why the Evangelical Christian Church leadership is never static and fixed, but is fluid and dynamic. It is never programme-oriented, but is people-oriented. It is never building-oriented, but a builder of community; never in control, but is able to shift from being leader to a peer or follower. Leadership is never "qualified"by man, but demonstrates scriptural godly qualities; never one person, but multiple persons. It is never just a career job with promotion prospects, an office holder or an officer, but leadership in the Evangelical Christian Church is a servant among servants of God, not a ruler over people.
The Evangelical Christian Church encourages diversity of worship and praise when we gather, and desires discussion with those who agree to disagree, blessing all with the love and hope of Christ. We're distinctly Christian and our love for Jesus is communicated clearly, but aside of having no creed, we have a specific statement of beliefs that is truly biblical, and we enjoy freedoms that are not under authoritarian control.
We see our role in the body as providing a safe place for those ministers who just can't seem to find their voice in a more traditional setting. This is the right to private judgment, interpretation of scripture, and the liberty of conscience. We will be the first to tell our brothers and sisters that we don't have all the answers, but we are heading toward deep uncharted waters, travelling where the wind of the Holy Spirit blows, and waiting on the Holy One who is leading us to adventures yet unknown. It is about love for one another.
As a result, all Evangelical Christian Churches ministers come from evangelical, charismatic, mainline, and post-Christian intercultural backgrounds. The religious and philosophical views represented are equally varied. This provides occasional tension and awkward moments, but also incredibly rich and beautiful dialogue, which stretches us and causes us to grow in humility and maturity.
We embrace one another fully as beautifully flawed, unique individuals in the family of God who are called to rule and reign with Christ as world changers and history makers within the Kingdom of God on this earth.
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