To serve the churches of Britain and Ireland on our shared
journey towards full visible unity in Christ
As an agency of the churches through the four nations we aim to:
- Work in partnership with the four National Ecumenical Instruments
- Facilitate effective collaborative working
- Create appropriate ecumenical space
- Be an expression of the churches’ shared commitment to four nations ecumenism
- Work with the widest range of partners
- Listen closely, and respond to the shared needs and aspirations of the churches
- Resource the work of the churches, agencies, networks and bodies in association with CTBI
- Recognise and work with complexity
- Offer theological reflection across the shared areas of work
Every church’s contribution
Respectful relationships at all levels across our member organisations
Recognition of diversity and difference within the churches and nations
The Strategic Plan outlines the plans for CTBI spanning the next 7 years which looks at aligning with objectives emerging from the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2013.
There are five key objectives:
- Strengthening the Fellowship: CTBI is a strong fellowship of churches, Bodies in Association and Agencies, listening, learning, celebrating and witnessing together (in a pilgrimage of justice and peace) and works through the systematic involvement and accountability to member churches and ecumenical partners in the planning and implementation of joint work on unity, mission and public witness.
- Witnessing together: CTBI has a strong and effective (public) voice (in promoting justice and peace) through accompaniment of member churches and ecumenical partners through advocacy on behalf of and with them at national and international level.
- Spirituality, Reflection and Formation: CTBI member churches and ecumenical partners have a strong breadth of spirituality (of pilgrimage of justice and peace) through prayer, biblical and theological reflection.
- Building relations of trust and understanding: CTBI has strong relationships of trust and understanding with member churches and their related organisations, with representatives of other faith communities and international institutions (as an important aspect of the pilgrimage of justice and peace).
- Communicating effectively: CTBI is an effective communications operator for the promotion of the strategic objectives and a platform for sharing stories and raising voices from its member churches and fellow ecumenical partners. Enhancing an understanding (the pilgrimage of justice and peace) it inspires them to join, raising the fellowship’s visibility and public role in the ecumenical work.