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Controversial ‘missionary’ bishop to ordain minsters

Sun 03 Dec 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) will hold its first ordination service led by the newly consecrated Missionary Bishop, Andy Lines.

According to the AMiE, the event will take place on 7th December in London and will be a celebration of the commissioning and sending out of nine new ministers “who have gone through a process of rigorous discernment and training”.

GAFCON, a worldwide group of conservative Anglicans, consecrated Bishop Andy as missionary bishop to Europe in June.

His responsibility was to cater for traditional Anglicans in Scotland, England and across Europe that disagreed with the Scottish Episcopal Church’s decision to allow gay weddings.

 

Up until now, AMiE's clergy have either come from the Church of England, or have been ordained by overseas Bishops. Now, for the first time, nine men will be ordained together by an English Bishop who can give them regular oversight as they begin their ministries.

Some will serve in existing AMiE congregations, while others will lead teams engaged in planting new churches.

Lee McMunn, AMiE's Mission Director, said: “We know that many faithful Anglicans remain within the structures of the Church of England.

“However, some are finding their entry to ordination blocked by liberal clergy who do not believe orthodox Anglican teachings, like Jesus being the only way to be saved.

“Moreover, an increasing number of those exploring ordination now have no interest in joining what they see as a fundamentally compromised denomination.

“They are distressed by the number of senior clergy who are keen to bless what the Bible calls sin.

"Many are now talking to AMiE about a different way of being an Anglican in England.”

Earlier this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby rebuked GAFCON for appointing Bishop Andy.  

He said there was no need for a missionary bishop because worshippers could already express a range of views.


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