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Posted by Ros Clarke, 14 May 2018

Ros Clarke reports on the Church Society AGM.

There was overwhelming support for the merger of Church Society with Reform and the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, at the Church Society AGM on Saturday.

At a packed meeting, former Chairman of Reform, Bishop Rod Thomas, was elected President of Church Society to succeed Wallace Benn. A new Council was elected unopposed, with members from both FWS and Reform included amongst their number, including Rob Munro, the Chairman of FWS and Mark Burkill, the Chairman of Reform.

The constitutional amendments needed to enable the merger to go ahead were passed with overwhelming majorities as members of Church Society met for their annual meeting at Oak Hill College in North London led by Chairman, Paul Darlington.

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Mark Cawson QC, reported that the Society remains in excellent financial health, and had benefitted from additional membership fees and donations over the last few months as people from FWS and Reform had joined up. While there was no room for complacency, additional staff were being considered to expand and take the ministry forward for the future.

Director of Church Society, Dr Lee Gatiss said, “I am thrilled at the huge vote of confidence in this merger shown by our evangelical constituency not only today but over the last few months. Now the real hard work begins as we prayerfully seek to continue reaching our nation for Christ through the Church of England by contending for the faith, reforming the structures, and strengthening local churches in biblical faith.”

Ros Clarke is the Associate Director of Church Society

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