A new Diocese and Bishop for the Church of Confessing Anglicans in New Zealand

May 19, 2019 by

from Gafcon.

A Statement by the Synod of the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Today representatives from twelve churches throughout New Zealand gathered and formed the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand. By the grace of God we are a new Anglican Diocese in these Islands, standing firmly in Anglican faith and practice, and structurally distinct from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

This new Diocese is united in the crucified, risen, ascended and glorified Christ, committed to the authority of the Bible, and dedicated to our common mission of proclaiming to all the good news of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. We praise God for his guidance and grace, and the sense of unity and common purpose we shared as we met.

We also prayerfully elected as our first Bishop the Rev. Jay Behan, Vicar of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Christchurch. Jay is a man of humility and grace, committed to the authority of the Bible and the Lordship of Jesus. He is an excellent preacher and caring pastor, and will serve and lead the Diocese as together we seek to reach these Islands with the transforming power of the gospel.

Click here to read the rest of the statement, and watch the full interview with Rev Jay Behan, in which he discusses the history of leaving the Anglican Church in New Zealand and how the new Diocese is being formed.

See also: Gafcon Chairman’s May Letter (the first from Archbishop Foley Beach)

Gafcon and ACC: reports and comment.

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