GAFCON: the conference
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 first Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).
The second conference, GAFCON 2013, was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013, at which over 1,300 delegates from 38 nations and 27 Provinces of the Anglican Communion were present. The gathering gave the Primates a mandate, through the Nairobi Communiqué and Commitment, to take forward the work of the GAFCON movement.
The third conference, GAFCON 2018, returned to Jerusalem and saw 1,950 delegates from 50 countries gather. The Letter to the Churches was published to encourage all faithful Christians around the world to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.
Gafcon: the movement
The participants at GAFCON Nairobi, that momentous gathering in 2008, agreed to establish Gafcon as a world-wide movement of provinces, dioceses, churches, organisations and individual Christians whose goal is to help reform, heal and revitalise the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world. They affirmed the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration, to guide the movement. As a movement, Gafcon seeks the prayer and financial support of Anglicans around the world who long for a clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ as Lord.
Gafcon is an overarching movement that supports national, or provincial, expressions of this fellowship. The Gafcon Australia is the local Australian expression of Gafcon. Its principal objects are:
- to promote orthodox Anglican faith and practice as set forth in the Jerusalem Declaration and in the Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles of the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia;
- to help reform, heal and revitalise the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world.
- to provide fellowship to orthodox Anglicans who find themselves in a minority position in their own Dioceses due to the actions of others who depart from orthodox faith and practice.