About the Evangelical Alliance
Formed in 1846, we are the largest and oldest body representing 750 organisations and two million evangelical Christians in 79 denominations and 3,500 churches. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society.
Our offices are located in London, Belfast, Cardiff, and Glasgow. We are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians, and we work in partnership with Global Connections, the UK evangelical Christian network for world mission.
Unity is what drives us – but not just for unity's sake. By bringing people together, we are following the John 17 mandate to show the immense love of God, who sent his Son for us. We connect people for a shared mission, whether it's nurturing a church culture which is increasingly confident in the gospel, getting involved in community action or lobbying the government for a better society. We inform and inspire Christians with resources, analysis and articles about our society, what the church is doing and how they can get involved. And we represent evangelicals to the media, presenting God's truth with grace and telling good news stories about the difference Christians are making.
We believe the Church is the key to long-lasting change in our country - and that by working closely with our amazing members, we can transform our communities with the good news of Jesus.
Our vision, mission and purpose
Working for a united Church; confident in voice; inspired for mission.
One People:Uniting Christians locally, nationally and globally in our shared mission.
One Voice:Speaking with confidence to government and the media to present God's truth with grace.
One hope: Following Jesus and serving the Church – working together to see our lives and communities changed.
Basis of faith
We believe in...
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgment
- The incarnation of God's eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
Programmes & Projects
- Advocacy: Our advocacy and public affairs department is involved in lobbying parliament, liaising with politicians, speaking on behalf of evangelical Christians to the media and providing good news to society.
- Confidence in the Gospel: While many Christians are growing spiritually, many say they lack the confidence the share the gospel with others. This project provide tools to help them
- CPPN: The Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland convenes the Churches Public Policy Network made up of individuals from across the denominations and faith-based organisations who are involved in public policy.
- Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity (Wales): Helps Christians to understand the culture in which they live, and to engage biblically with contemporary issues and people.
- Faith in the Community: Evangelicals have historically been good for society and this project in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland builds on this and works with councils on a range of issues that will benefit the community
- Gather: An emerging national network of these vibrant unity movements in towns and cities across the UK
- Gweini (Wales): The council for the Christian Voluntary Sector in Wales
- HOPE: A catalyst bringing churches together to transform communities. Momentum is building towards a year of mission in 2014 – the whole church, reaching the whole nation, for a whole year. The mix of denominations, churches, ages and cultures – and the number of ministries involved - is unprecedented.
- HR Network: Network of HR professionals in Christian organisations
- Marriage Week (NI): Encouraging churches across Northern Ireland to support heterosexual marriage
- Mission Agencies Partnership (NI): Moving world mission from the fringe to the heart of church life in Northern Ireland
- One People Commission: Celebrating ethnicity, while promoting unity within the UK evangelical Church, the One People Commission is a successor to the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance
- Public Leadership: Helping the church to take responsibility by knowing how to speak and act under the authority of God
- Religious Liberty Commission: Comprising Release International, Open Doors, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the Evangelical Alliance, the Religious Liberty Commission raises awareness of persecution and encourages individual Christians and churches to take action through prayer, advocacy or financial aid.
- South Asian Forum: Uniting and supporting South Asian Christians in the UK and representing their concerns to Government, media and the wider Church
- SCYWF (Scotland): The youth wing of the Evangelical Alliance Scotland
- New generation leaders (Wales): An initiative by Evangelical Alliance Wales to raise up the next generation of church leaders
- Waleswide (Wales): A coalition for the planting and strengthening of churches across Wales