Kenya or­di­na­tion for Sh­effield pas­tor

The Church of England - - FRONT PAGE - By Amaris Cole

The min­is­ter adds that this move is an ex­pres­sion of Gospel part­ner­ship be­tween the churches in Sh­effield and Kenya.

A spokesper­son for the Dio­cese of Sh­effield said: “We are still clar­i­fy­ing what hap­pened and once we have the full pic­ture we will be able to re­flect on this devel­op­ment fur­ther.”

In 2011, Lam­beth Palace con­demned a sim­i­lar an­nounce­ment that Angli­can Main­stream had en­abled the or­di­na­tion of three min­is­ters from South­wark.

This was de­scribed as a ‘game-changer’.

In this case, it was thought the par­ish dis­agreed with the stance ANGLI­CAN MAIN­STREAM has an­nounced their ‘grate­ful­ness’ that the found­ing min­is­ter of Christ Church Walk­ley, Sh­effield, has been or­dained as a dea­con in the Angli­can Church of Kenya.

The church was formed as part of the Fresh Ex­pres­sions move­ment 10 years ago, but the Dio­cese and church plant dis­tanced them­selves from one an­other later, mean­ing Pete Jack­son, who was an as­so­ciate min­is­ter at the par­ent church, Christ Church Cen­tral, was not el­i­gi­ble for a Church of Eng­land or­di­na­tion.

“Although rec­om­mended by the Re­form Panel of Ref­er­ence and trained at Oakhill The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege, Pete had not been or­dained since Christ Church Cen­tral was not part of Sh­effield Dio­cese. Con­cern that his min­istry and that of the new church should be ap­pro­pri­ately recog­nised led us to con­sult the lead­er­ship of the Angli­can Mis­sion in Eng­land (AMiE), who sub­se­quently wrote to the GAF­CON Pri­mates’ Coun­cil with a re­quest that they should fa­cil­i­tate Pete’s or­di­na­tion,” a press re­lease dis­trib­uted by Angli­can Main­stream but writ­ten by Christ Church Cen­tral’s Se­nior Min­is­ter, Tim Davies, stated.

Tim Davies said: “We are im­mensely grate­ful for the lead­er­ship of the Arch­bishop of Kenya, Eliud Wabukala, as chair­man of the GAF­CON Pri­mates’ Coun­cil, and to the Bishop of Ki­tui, Josephat Mule, who or­dained Pete as a dea­con in the Angli­can Church of Kenya on Satur­day 9 Fe­bru­ary.” of the Bishop of South­wark, but as the Bishop of Sh­effield, the Rt Rev Steven Croft, is evan­gel­i­cal, it is un­clear as yet why such a de­ci­sion to send Tim Jack­son to Kenya was made.

Many within the Church of Eng­land are view­ing this African or­di­na­tion as highly con­tro­ver­sial, be­liev­ing it goes out­side of the Canons of the Church of Eng­land.

The ‘ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal com­men­ta­tor’ the Rev Peter Ould com­mented on Twit­ter that he found the is­sue ‘dis­turb­ing’, while oth­ers sug­gested this may be the first area of con­cern for the newly ap­pointed Di­rec­tor of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion at Lam­beth Palace, Canon David Porter.

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