We are a community of believers who, through baptism by faith in Jesus Christ, are bound by covenant to God
and to one another......
  
We draw inspiration from the truth of scripture in the leading of the Holy Spirit, celebrating around the Lord's table the life, death, resurrection, and continuing presence of Jesus Christ.
 
We acknowledge the soul head, Jesus Christ,
Son of God, and Saviour.
 
The Evangelical Christian Church in England looks to the presence, power, and energy of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world without the control of human dictatorship.
 
The basis of this Christian fellowship is found in relationship with one another in accordance with the teaching of our Lord in practice among evangelical Christians.
 
Our church recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's supper. Another practice practiced at times by some, but not necessarily by all, is the washing of feet as illustrated by the Lord.
 
 
A number of slogans have been used in the
Restoration Movement to express some of the distinctive
themes of the Movement. These include:
 
"Where the Scriptures speak, we speak.
Where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent."
 
"The church of Jesus Christ on earth is essentially,
intentionally, and constitutionally one."
 
"We are Christians only, but not the only Christians."
 
"In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things love."
 
"No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no law but love,
no name but the divine."
 
"Call Bible things by Bible names."

 
Evangelical Christian Church History
Restoration Movement

The family of churches known around the world just as Christian Churches began in the early part of the 19th Century in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The 1800's was a time when many denominations tended towards legalism and authoritarianism which was not acceptable to many free thinking Bible believing Christians. As these Christians became dissatisfied with the status quo, many formed different "back to basics" movements with a passion for unity within the one church which had become divided. There was deep conviction that this unity could not be achieved without a thorough reformation of the church and that through such reformation the one church spoken of by Christ could and should be restored.
 
Initially, there were the Churches of Christ, a Fellowship linked by belief and values to the Christian Churches today. But there were many differing groups such as the Evangelical Christian Churches; Christian Churches;  Independent Christian Churches;  the Christian Churches of North America;  the Christian Missionary Churches; the Bible Evangelical Churches;  the Community Churches;  Evangelical Congregational Churches; Congregational Christian Churches;  and the Evangelical Protestant Churches which traces its roots to various Lutheran and Reformed churches from Germany in 1720. The Christian Church also merged with the Congregational Churches in 1931 to form the Congregational Christian Churches. However, in the early 1980's in the United Kingdom the majority of our co-operative churches joined the United Reformed Church (a joint venture by Christian Churches; Churches of Christ; Congregational; Presbyterian). Others formed the Fellowship of Churches of Christ whilst others remained as Independent Congregationalists which the Evangelical Christian Church in England remains to this day.  It is part of the world-wide Restoration Movement. There is freedom of understanding as parts of the Christian Churches have played a unique part in the ecumenical movement while others have remained apart from and even very critical of it.
 
ECC England is a UK Registered Company limited by guarantee No. 09469110 with a registered office in Birmingham, England. United Kingdom. It is the administrative umbrella for Independent Evangelical Christian Churches. The organisation and management of ECC England is carried out by 3 Bishop Directors who sit on the Board of Bishops and the Credentials Standing Committee, giving support to all the individual churches associated within and with the Evangelical Christian Church in England.  Each Bishop has their own Christian Fellowship in which they operate and hold responsibility, both pastoral and spiritual. One Bishop also has dual responsibility linking up with ECC North America and ECC Canada. However, it is underlined that each fellowship body is an Independent Church in submission to each other.

The Evangelical Christian Church in England is conservative in Christian doctrine, and its member churches and ministries are self-governing in the tradition of congregational polity. Ministers are  in submission to their brothers and sisters in the church where they hold responsibility and are held primarily accountable to the holy scriptures and to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. They are guaranteed freedom of thought and conscience to practice their faith without human restrictions. The Evangelical Christian Church in England  have members whose Christian lifestyle practices and beliefs are found within the guidelines of New Testament living and worship taught by the early church.
 
Today ECC England continues the historical Evangelical Christian Churches tradition started in the UK and then in Canada and the USA of sound, moral, biblical Christianity and humanitarian work. They believed that divisions in the church come from church polity, not from the Bible. Each of the Evangelical Christian Churches and affiliated ministries has a sound doctrine founded only on grace alone through faith. All Evangelical Christian Church affiliated ministries and churches offer assistance to the poor and homeless, home missions, and a wide array of services.

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