Joining ANiE

A possible road map from here....

Following the vote at General Synod and the clear trajectory for the Church of England, there are many ministers and churches that are seriously evaluating their future within the Canterbury-aligned structures.

ANiE is seeking to serve and help by providing pastoral wisdom, care, guidance and support to ministers who wish to think seriously through their own position and that of the church family they lead.

This page is a resource to help ministers and churches discern how best to proceed and to land in a good place for their ministry and the gospel future for their church family. They provide a pathway and process, along with links to other resources.

Pray! Pray! Pray! 

“Those who honour me I will honour.”
(1 Samuel 2:30)

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
(2 Chronicles 20:12)

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths."
(Proverbs 3v5-6)

Stage 1: Process the Moment

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Stage 2: Assess the possible or proposed responses

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Stage 3: Explore an alternative future

Whatever you do, the parish church will continue as an entity. An alternative will necessitate leaving in some form (eg office, building, housing).




Think... how will you gather and form a team?
(e.g. bringing people together from various places for a particular location) 


Explore options of groups looking for a pastor.

Take the time to allow others to catch up with you, or you with them! 

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Talk with someone who has planted a church with a similar vision or in a similar context
OR someone who had taken an alternative path.

ACE & AMiE can put you in touch with someone appropriate.

STAGE 4: Decide

Have a clear, timed comms strategy

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Examples of leaving messages:

Philip de Grey-Warter’s church family briefing: 

James Oakley’s church family briefing: 

Josh Maynard’s announcement:

Stage 5: Pre-launch Phase

Go for it!

The whole process is flexible, but we anticipate that it will take 9 – 12 months, possible 18 months, for a group to leave a Church of England parish and formally join one of the ANiE dioceses.

For further information please contact:

James Leggett - AMiE Membership Director or +44 7305 300603


Dave McCarthy - ACE lead for membership or ‭+44 7411 236433‬