Welcome to the ANCCI Europe website. We are a Christ-centred, biblically based, convergence of Christian leaders, churches, and ministries throughout the globe. With Apostolic Succession and respect to our Christian heritage we aim to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our beliefs could well be summed up in the historical statements of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. ANCCI could be summarised as a diverse, mission focused, international affiliation of Christian churches and missionary organisations.
We have a Christian fellowship structure, a convergence of unity, our strength is born from our relationships together, rather than an imposed and unrelated hierarchy. Those churches and organisations that join in fellowship with us maintain their own autonomy, yet benefit, from the encouragement of being part of a wider movement that is shaped through loving relationships and biblical foundations. In this way we believe our fellowship together is close to the pattern of the early church.
To understand convergence it has been noted that: ‘The convergence movement refers to a move among evangelical and charismatic churches in the United States to blend charismatic worship with liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and other liturgical sources. This is to be distinguished from “Convergence Christianity” popularized in more recent years by progressive Christian leaders such as Eric Elnes and Brian McLaren, which envisions a new configuration of “post-evangelical” and “post-liberal” Christians. The Convergence Movement was inspired by the spiritual pilgrimages of modern Evangelical writers like Thomas Howard, Robert E. Webber, Peter E. Gillquist and the ancient Christian writers and their communities. These men, along with theologians, scripture scholars, and pastors in a number of traditions, were calling Christians back to their roots in the primitive church’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergence_Movement
Our Calling and Emphasis:
- We cherish the historically accepted Christian liturgies. In appreciation for diverse cultures and modern languages, we use traditional and indigenous liturgies relevant to contemporary peoples.
- We reach out to, and rejoice at being in, ministry with persons of all races, nations, cultures, skills, abilities, graces, gifts and diversity.
- We listen to theological voices raised from the whole colour spectrum of the human race.
- We are ecumenical in obedience to Christ’s prayer that his followers would all be one, even as He and the Father are one.
- We include our spouses and families in ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.
- We ordain women into Holy Orders. We honour our Lord’s commission to women that they witness to the Good News of the Resurrection and we respect the place He afforded them in ministry.
- We present ourselves as willing servants to our Lord Jesus Christ that He might fill us with His Holy Spirit, empower us with the Holy Spirit’s gifts, and manifest His fruits through us.