About the AECW
Churches sharing the Evangelical faith have much in common. They share common interests, concerns and responsibilities. Although each particular church is given everything necessary fully to constitute it a church by its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ, it will rejoice to acknowledge the existence of other biblical churches. It will seek, out of trust and love founded on a common faith and commitment to the Word of God, to commit itself to mutual encouragement and care between churches. The Associating Evangelical Churches of Wales is one expression of such fellowship.
The AECW was established in April 1988 when representatives from 26 churches in Wales met for the first Annual Assembly in Aberystwyth. This followed extensive discussions and consultations between churches in fellowship with the Evangelical Movement of Wales. During these discussions it became clear that there was a real desire on the part of many churches in Wales to know closer fellowship and co-operation. By the 2012 Annual Assembly there were 57 member churches.
The object of the AECW is to promote co-operation in fellowship and witness between all churches that embrace the evangelical faith. In pursuit of this aim we seek to preserve the freedom of each local church to choose its own level of association with other local churches. The AECW provides opportunities for consultation and co-operation at both a national and local level on issues concerning the churches. It provides a basis from which co-operative endeavours may spring, especially in the areas of evangelism and church planting. The AECW is open to both Welsh and English language churches and is committed to the work of the Gospel in both languages.
Member churches belong to one of the 11 Church Clusters through which Churches co-operate together at a local level. The Church Clusters are free to decide the level and form of their activity and co-operation together. In some places Church Clusters work together on a regional basis.
The Church Clusters are:
- North East
- North West
- South West
- Afan Ogwr
- Gwent Valleys
- Rhondda Cynon Taff
We also work through Ministry Teams which are proactive in their spheres of responsibility. Team Leaders are responsible for coordinating the team's activities and any meetings. A 3 year plan is being drawn up by each team and all team members are actively involved in working this through.
At present we have 8 Ministry Teams working in the areas of:
- Church Officers
- Church Planting
- Contemporary Theological Issues
- Pastors' Association
- Public Issues
- World Mission
The fruit of the work of these teams is made available to AECW churches.
Churches come together in May for an Annual Conference at Newtown. During the Annual Conference the Annual Assembly of the representatives of member churches is held.
The Annual Conference provides a day of ministry and fellowship for Christians in Wales and includes main sessions, seminars and corporate prayer.
You can read a report of this year's Annual Conference by clicking on this link.
The Annual Assembly and Conference in 2013 will be held on Saturday 11 May at Newtown. The main speaker will be Lindsay Brown.
On the Spring Bank Holiday each year we organise a 3 day House Party at Hebron Hall, Dinas Powys, which provides biblical teaching and good fellowship for Christians from AECW and other churches. You can read a report of this year's House Party by clicking the link.
The Annual House Praty in 2013 will be 3-6 May at Hebron Hall.
The Coordinating Committee consists of the AECW National Officers, 1 representative from each Church Cluster and the Team Leaders of the Ministry Teams.
The Coordinating Committee arranges the Annual Conference and co-ordinates the work of the Church Clusters and Ministry Teams.
Church authority rests in the local church. All co-operation by a local church in the fellowship of the AECW is voluntary.
The AECW does not interfere in the affairs of the local churches. When requested by a church, the Assembly or Church Cluster may express opinions and offer advice, but have no power to enforce their decision. Each church will determine whether such opinions are in accordance with Scripture.
The work of the AECW is supported by gifts from the churches.
The AECW enjoys fellowship with the Evangelical Movement of Wales..
The AECW seeks to support and encourage the ministry of Wales Evangelical School of Theology.
The AECW is a Corporate Partner of Affinity and is represented on the Affinity Council.
The churches in the AECW warmly welcome other churches into their fellowship.
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