Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations: A Communiqué from the Gafcon Primates Council

May 6, 2019 by

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. ~ Psalm 127:1

As Archbishops and Primates of the Anglican Communion we came to Sydney, Australia, for prayer, worship, and fellowship.  We were joined by the leaders of our branches, and worked together to support the ministry of our people.  Our provinces and branches represent 50 million of the 70 million active Anglicans of the Communion.  We give thanks for the generous hospitality of Archbishop Glenn Davies and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney who hosted us.

Our primary focus this week has been upon the great tasks of mission and evangelism. As a global fellowship we are uniquely positioned to support one another in ministry to a world where mass immigration and globalisation are reshaping our countries.  There are billions who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, and the field is ripe for the harvest.  In this new world every believer has a role in preaching Christ faithfully to the nations.  There are even more who have heard, but not understood.  In many situations the main challenge is not ignorance, but unbelief.  We ask you to join us in prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s power to break into the hearts and minds of those who have not yet believed.

Leadership Transitions
Our time together began on Monday evening as we gathered for dinner.  We gave thanks for the sacrificial work of our outgoing leadership team: Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria (Chairman), Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda (Vice Chairman) and Archbishop Peter Jensen of Australia (General Secretary).  By the grace of God, during this last season of our life together their steady hands have guided us, and because of their faithfulness we have seen the movement grow from strength to strength.

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