The direct forebears
of Church Society were Church
Association and National
Church League. For over 170 years we have been promoting biblical truth.
We have never courted popularity but have sought to be faithful
to God in the issues of each generation.
The Society developed
the youth network CYFA and Pathfinders and for many years co-ordinated
the work of Diocesan Evangelical Unions/Fellowships. The Society's
publishing work was carried out by Church Bookroom Press
Most of the great defenders
of protestant Anglicanism in the 19th and 20th centuries were
associated with the Society including Bishop Ryle, W.H.Griffith-Thomas,
Philip Hughes and Jim Packer.
The original forebear
of the Society was the Protestant
Association hence the assertion
once made by The Times that we are the 'senior evangelical body
in the Church of England'.
Church Society family
List of Secretaries of Church Society
Click here for link to various annual reports and journals of the bodies which made up Church Society, in particular the Protestant Association, Church Association and National Church League.
Articles relevant to
Church Society's History
Churchman article on the first 100 years of Church Society
175 Years. Cross†Way article by David Phillips outlining the history of Church Society's forebears including the Church Association, Church Association Trust, Protestant Churchmen's Alliance, Protestant Association, Ladies League and the National Church League.
175 Years - Part 2. Cross†Way article by David Phillips. History of Church Society's forebears, includes the Prayer Book crises, publishing, Church Society and working with others.
Sense of History - article on the history of Church Society
magazine Cross†Way and its forebears.
Anglicans and Ritualism in Victorian England. Churchman article
by Nigel Scotland outlining the history of ritualism in the Church
of England and Evangelical Opposition to it, including the founding
of Church Association.
Dean Wace and the House - Outline of the life of Henry Wace whom the Church Society offices are named after. Cross†Way article by Arthur Pollard.
William Joynson-Hicks - Man of Principle. The 1st Viscount Brentford and Church Association laymen who led the opposition in parliament to the Revised Prayer Book of 1928. Cross†Way article by David Samuel.
The work of the Church Association. Church Association Tract 159 by A. W. Christopher.
Whilst we still have
some historical documents at Dean Wace House many of our old
minutes and other papers have been deposited at Lambeth
A list of records held
by the Library is available through A2A
(Access to Archives).
Wycliffe Van from a postcard dated March 1907.
(Church Society present logo)