Working Together Internationally

Working together internationally

There are two main dimensions of the Church of England's work with other Churches internationally:

  • Engaging with other Churches in Europe
  • Engaging with Churches around the world, through ecumenical instruments such as the World Council of Churches and national Councils of Churches, and through the global ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Engaging with other churches in Europe

Many of our activities here are focused on:

  • links through the Diocese in Europe
  • membership of the Conference  of European Churches
  • formal agreements with partner Churches
  • informal conversations.

The Porvoo  Agreement was signed in 1996. It commits us to sharing a common life in mission and service with a number of Lutheran and Anglican Churches who are in communion with one another.

The Meissen Agreement was signed in 1991. It commits us to journey towards greater unity and closer fellowship. This is a formal relationship between the Evangelical Church in Germany and the Church of England.

The Reuilly Declaration was signed in 2001. It commits us to witness and service together. This is a formal agreement with French Protestant churches and Anglican Churches across the channel.

More information about all these areas of our work can be found by following the relevant links on this page.

To read more about the Ecumenical Background for our European Work, click on the link to the right.

To read more about Linking up with Europe, click on the link to the right.

Engaging with Churches around the world

The Archbishop of Canterbury has a global ministry, which includes representing the worldwide Anglican Communion in its relationships with other Churches at local, national and international level. To find out more about the Archbishop's ministry and about the work of the Anglican Communion Office, click on the links to their websites.

The Church of England is a member of the World Council of Churches. According to a key statement from 1998, "The primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe." Click on the link to their website to find out more.