What Does Church Society Do?
The work of Church
Society can be divided up into four areas.
See the conference page
Our range of titles is intended to teach and spread a biblical
faith. Some literature is popular, others more academic, but all
is intended to equip the people of God and build up His Kingdom.
Churchman, the journal of Anglican
theology, which has been published since 1879, addresses important
issues at an academic level.
Cross+Way magazine contains a
range of informative articles on topical subjects, news and comment
relevant to all Christians.
English Prayer Book is a complete book of reformed worship
in contemporary English produced jointly with Oxford University
is now out of print but the complete text is on the
website which can be downloaded - see:
An Engish Prayer Book
Supplementing the regular
publications we produce a range of booklets and leaflets on:
- Parish affairs such as Charities Act and Appointments
- Current issues such as sexuality and marriage
- Church matters such as authority, liturgical revision and
- Doctrine, especially the doctrinal foundation of the Church
We also have a video
based study guide on Holy Communion entitled Be Thankful.
We also have an e-mail
news service EVNEWS.
To find out more or to purchase any of our publications, please
visit the publications section.
Supporting Local Churches
We exist to support,
resource and defend the local Church as the
best place to carry forward the gospel.
In particular through Church Society
Trust we are involved in appointing clergy to a number of
parishes and in putting Bible believing ministers in touch with
In view of some of the
issues facing the wider Church, people look to Church Society
to work on their behalf. We help people work together and act
as a voice and an advocate for parishes so that they are not diverted
from their primary task as a local Church.
- Defends the local Church
- Appoints clergy
- Gives help and advice
- Resources Churches
- Provides pastoral support and encouragement
- Financially supports theological training
- Holds property in trust
- Owns three proprietary chapels
- Manages funds on behalf of Churches
- Provides preachers and speakers
- Is a voice and an advocate for you
Church Society Trust has been entrusted with the patronage of 113 livings located
in most dioceses in England. In collaboration with Bishops and Parish representatives,
Church Society Trust seeks to appoint godly men and, once they are licensed,
to support them in ensuring the pastoral care of the parish. The Society also
acts as Trustees for four other churches and in each case the Trust is involved
in the appointment of their clergy.
We are actively involved in the structure of the Church, with
the media and where necessary through Parliament. We respond to
issues as they arise but also provide positive teaching and comment
on what the Christian life means in practical terms.
See : Issues
pages for a range of materia on various issues.
Wherever possible we
work alongside others but there is no other organisation which
campaigns on such a wide range of issues affecting the Church.
See : Links
to other organizations.
Members of Church Society
are involved at all levels of church government and the Society
provides briefings, advice and other resource material.
The media look to the Church for a clear Christian voice on current
issues. Church Society provides such a voice.
See Press Releases
Also visit our news
pages and EVNEWS.
Administration of Trusts
The Society administers a number of trusts. Most of these relate
to particular churches and often involve the trusteeship of
properties. The Society, and its predecesors were entrusted
with these assets in order to ensure that they would continue
to be used in accordance with the wishes of the benefactors.
This trust is something we take very seriously.
See a list of all the funds
and properties we administer.