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19 October 2019 

Rev. Jay Behan Consecrated and Installed as first Bishop of CCAANZ

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NEW ANGLICAN DIOCESE FOR NZ
Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand formed May 2019

Jay Behan (Bishop-elect), centre, surrounded by representatives of the twelve churches forming the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand, Saturday 18 May 2019. Photo: Stephen Barker / www.BarkerPhotography.co.nz

Statement from Church of Confessing Anglicans, 18 May 2019:
Today representatives from twelve churches throughout New Zealand gathered and formed the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand.  By the grace of God we are a new Anglican Diocese in these Islands, standing firmly in Anglican faith and practice, and structurally distinct from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  
This new Diocese is united in the crucified, risen, ascended and glorified Christ,  committed to the authority of the Bible, and dedicated to our common mission of proclaiming to all the good news of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.  We praise God for his guidance and grace, and the sense of unity and common purpose we shared as we met.

Jay Behan, Bishop-elect, CCAANZ.

We also prayerfully elected as our first Bishop the Rev. Jay Behan, Vicar of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Christchurch.  Jay is a man of humility and grace, committed to the authority of the Bible and the Lordship of Jesus. He is an excellent preacher and caring pastor, and will serve and lead the Diocese as together we seek to reach these Islands with the transforming power of the gospel.    
We were delighted to receive greetings from many Anglicans around the world, and particularly from Archbishop Foley Beach, Chair of the Gafcon Primates, who wrote and conveyed the text of a motion passed at their recent meeting in Sydney: The Primates’ Council thanks God for the courage and faithfulness of those churches and individuals in New Zealand who are remaining as Anglicans in the faith as we have received it, as they establish a new Anglican diocese. The Council gladly endorses the new Diocese, recognizes it as authentically Anglican, declares itself to be in full communion and celebrates our common life. The Council encourages the participation of Gafcon bishops in the consecration of the new Bishop, once duly elected for the Diocese.
We invite all Christians to join us in prayer at this time.  Give thanks to God for his grace and mercy towards us in Christ. Pray for Jay, his family, and the church at St Stephen’s. Pray for the eleven other churches of the Diocese in their mission and ministry, and for the many other churches we pray will join and be planted in our new Diocese for the glory of God.  
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and  overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Download this important booklet from Barnabas Fund, written to explain what is happening in New Zealand where freedoms developed in the English-speaking world over five centuries, are now under threat.
Christians are now experiencing an erosion of the freedoms and human rights that they were in the lead in promoting in the English-speaking world.
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Anglican Future Conference talks, April 2018

These talks were given throughout the Christchurch leg of the Anglican Future Conference 2018 hosted by FCANZ, and also hosted in Auckland.
Bishop Richard Condie speaks on the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Julian Dobbs speaks on the changing context we find the Gospel in today. Rev Jay Behan speaks about the New Zealand situation and some possible responses. The fourth talk is a panel discussion led by Rev Dave Clancey.

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Unity– the real and the counterfeit

The Most Rev Dr. Peter Jensen, GAFCON General Secretary, Oct 2016

There is only one Church of Jesus Christ, his Body and his Bride. In the upper room before his death he prayed that the Father would glorify him (John 17:1-5), that the Father would sanctify his Apostles in the Truth (John 17:6-19) and that his Church may be one, so that the world may believe (John 17:20-26).

All three requests were answered through his death, his resurrection, his ascension and in the gift of the Holy Spirit. The prayer sees the foundation of a church one, holy, catholic and apostolic. In particular it is one.  read more
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What’s happening in the UK?
AMiE, the UK mission society established by GAFCON, begins an ambitious church planting programme (Sept 2016)
His Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) church in Scarborough will be the first of hundreds, if the organisation’s church-planting plans are fulfilled. This month, AMiE announced plans to plant 25 churches by 2025, and 250 by 2050. It is seeking to draw up a map of “promising and needy places to plant new gospel churches”, and to recruit people to start AMiE churches and serve as “assistant ministers”. It is also hoping that Anglican churches will form partnerships with AMiE churches, providing money and “mutual training”.
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