Many Churches, One Purpose: Serving the churches of Britain and Ireland on the shared journey towards full visible unity in Christ.
There are many different Christian churches and denominations, but all have the same basic calling – to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the umbrella organisation helping to bring these Christian churches together under Christian unity.
Following the outcome of the Swanwick Declaration in 1987, the British Council of Churches emerged as the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland, developing alongside ecumenical instruments – Action for Churches Together in Scotland, CYTUN (Churches Together in Wales), Churches Together in England and the Irish Council of Churches – to help embrace other Christian churches in smaller communities. The Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland subsequently became Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
CTBI is committed to developing ties and communications with other Christian churches throughout the country, strengthening fellowships with each other as well as deepening understanding of different denominations and their diversity or identity.
Acting as an ‘instrument’ by which the churches can journey together towards full visible unity, CTBI provides information and guidance to bridge understanding of issues in today’s society and develops publications and free resources with other organisations and members to offer reflection, prayer and study materials to celebrate key Christian events.
As an agency of the churches through the four nations, CTBI strives to ensure churches work more together, less apart.