Churches Together in England (CTE) is an ecumenical organisation and the national instrument for the Christian church in England. It coordinates the work of the different Churches. It is registered at Companies House with number 05354231.
Churches Together in England works through a network of Intermediate Bodies, each covering an English county or metropolitan area, and Co-ordinating Groups which bring together the Churches' officers in various areas of work.
As of November 2016, the six Presidents of Churches Together in England were:the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols
the Free Churches' Moderator, Hugh Osgood
the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Gregorios (Theocharous) of Thyateira and Great Britain
Billy Kennedy, and
Eric Brown (Pentecostal bishop).
The Moderator of the Forum of Churches Together in England for the three-year period 2012 to 2015 was Doye Agama (a Pentecostal archbishop). Ruth Gee (chair of the Darlington Methodist District) is Moderator for 2015 to 2018 with Hilary Topp (a Quaker, working for Student Christian Movement) as Deputy Moderator.
The chief executive and general secretary of Churches Together in England is David Cornick.
Those identified as "(FCG)" are also members of the Free Churches' Group.Antiochian Orthodox Church
Apostolic Pastoral Congress
Armenian Orthodox Church
Assemblies of God (FCG)
Baptist Union of Great Britain (FCG)
Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches
Church of England
Church of God of Prophecy (FCG)
Church of Scotland (in England)
Churches in Communities International (FCG)
Congregational Federation (FCG)
Coptic Orthodox Church
Council for Lutheran Churches
Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK (FCG)
Council of Oriental Orthodox Christian Churches
Elim Pentecostal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church of England
Evangelische Synode Deutscher Sprache in Großbritannien
Free Church of England (FCG)
Ichthus Christian Fellowship
Independent Methodist Churches (FCG)
International Ministerial Council of Great Britain
Joint Council for Anglo-Caribbean Churches
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (Indian Orthodox Church)
Mar Thoma Church
Methodist Church of Great Britain (FCG)
Moravian Church (FCG)
New Testament Assembly (FCG)
New Testament Church of God (FCG)
Oecumenical Patriarchate (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain of the Greek Orthodox Church)
Orthodox Churches of the Russian Tradition (Oecumenical Patriarchate)
Redeemed Christian Church of God
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Roman Catholic Church
Ruach Network of Churches
Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Salvation Army (FCG)
Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches
United Reformed Church (FCG)
Wesleyan Holiness Church
Seventh-day Adventist Church (observer)
The following members of the Free Churches' Group are not member-churches of Churches Together in England:Christ Apostolic Church
Church of the Nazarene
Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
Fellowship of Churches of Christ
Free Methodist Church
Old Baptist Union
Presbyterian Church of Wales
Union of Welsh Independents (Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg)
Wesleyan Reform Union
In addition to the actual member churches or member denominations (see above), there are a number of Bodies in Association with Churches Together in England. These are Christian organizations which, by their nature, are ecumenical but which are self-governing.
There are numerous local Churches Together groups in England. One such example is on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent, which has a 'Churches Together in Sheppey' group where most of the denominations meet regularly and combine services. The ministers, priests, vicars, padres, etc. meet once a month to have a meal together, and the CTIS chooses a chairperson each year from the group's membership.
Churches Together in England is a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) by virtue of its local organisations' role in local communities, helping the personal and social development of young people.
Churches Together in England is part of the ecumenical structure introduced in 1990 when the British Council of Churches was replaced by the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland (later renamed Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)) and four national bodies:Churches Together in England
Irish Council of Churches
Action of Churches Together in Scotland, and
Cytun (for Wales).
The British Council of Churches had itself been formed in 1942.
A National Free Church Council had come into being during the 1890s. A Federal Council of the Evangelical Free Churches was formed in 1916 as a more authoritative and representative body. These two merged in 1939 as the Free Church Federal Council.
A significant landmark was the 1910 World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh.
A summary of the origins and history of the British Council of Churches and its predecessors can be found in the document The Story of the BCC - follow the pilgrim road by Colin Davey and Alan Dawkins.