Baptists and Anglicans on the move at Whaddon Way Church
(Photo: Jack Richards)
Working Together Locally
In almost every local community, the Church of England exists
alongside an increasing number and diversity of other churches. In
many places we work extensively with some longstanding partner
churches, and, increasingly, with a range of new partners.
Why do churches work together?
Churches can do far more together than they can do separately.
Working together is the optimal strategy for mission.
Working together is a visible sign of the unity churches
In working together, churches discover a deeper unity,
which encourages them to work even more closely together.
Christian unity and mission go hand in hand.
In what ways does the Church of England work with other
By sharing many parish churches with other churches for worship,
and by other churches sharing their buildings with us.
By working together with other churches on particular projects,
for example help for the homeless, advice centres, youth projects,
local community action, evangelistic outreach.
By sharing worship, ministry and congregational
life together with other churches.
By planting new congregations in a number of new housing areas
with other churches.
By establishing fresh expressions within a wide variety of
contexts with other churches.
Theological Agreement gives integrity to all
these activities. To read more, click on the link to the right.
Local Unity in Mission
The Council for Christian Unity encourages new ways for churches
to work together in unity in mission and provides resources, advice
and support for local ecumenical relationships.
To find who Our Partners are, click
on resources to the right.
For Resources for Unity in Mission, click on
the link on the right.
New Religious Movements
There are occasions when it is difficult to judge whether a
local group is a church or a new religious movement. For guidance
on this, follow the link to the New Religious Movements page on the