Our mission is to guard the unchanging, transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ and to proclaim Him to the world. We are founded on the Bible, bound together by the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008, and led by a Primates Council, which represents the majority of the world’s Anglicans.
GAFCON works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching and teaching which frees our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
The GAFCON journey began in 2008 when moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical witness in parts of the Anglican communion had reached such a level that the leaders of the majority of the world’s Anglicans felt it was necessary to take a united stand for truth. A crowd of more than one thousand witnesses, including Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and lay leaders gathered in Jerusalem for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).
GAFCON within the Anglican Communion
There are some 85 million Christians in the worldwide Anglican Communion spread across 38 regional churches, known as Provinces. GAFCON is a global movement within the Communion which represents the majority of all Anglicans
Each Anglican Province is led by a Primate (Archbishop), eight of whom are active supporters of GAFCON. These Provinces are therefore regarded as GAFCON Provinces. There is an ninth GAFCON Province, The Anglican Church in North America, which is emerging within the Anglican Communion as the orthodox church in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This is because the historic Provinces in that continent, The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) have abandoned bible-based Anglican orthodoxy. Among the remaining Provinces several local branches of GAFCON have been established or are in the process of being formed.
Every five years delegates from around the world join together for a weeklong GAFCON conference to assess the opportunities and challenges for the gospel in 21st century culture, to plan for the future and to enjoy fellowship together. The inaugural conference took place in Jerusalem in 2008, the second was held in Nairobi in 2013 and the third is planned for Jerusalem again in 2018.