American evangelicals whose only acquaintance with Anglicanism is with the Episcopal Church of the United States are often surprised to discover the strength of evangelical witness within the Church of England. Since the end of World War II the evangelical movement within England’s national church has steadily grown and deepened. Starting as a despised minority, it became politely tolerated and is now a force that is respected by most, is looked to for leadership by some, and can be ignored by none.

The Church at large became aware of this development in 1967 when about a thousand people gathered at Keele University for the first National Evangelical American Congress. A decade later, just after Easter this year, nearly two thousand assembled at Nottingham University for the second, with the theme “Obeying Christ in a Changing World.” The pre-congress study material had been published in three paperback symposiums entitled The Lord Christ, The People of God, and The Changing World. At the congress itself the authors responded to the responses they had received to these, and then the debate was taken a stage further in innumerable study groups. The participants (two-thirds of whom were lay men and women) threw themselves with evident relish into three and a half days of hard intellectual work. And each morning and evening in plenary session we celebrated the supreme Lordship of Jesus Christ with great joy. [The Current Religious Thought column in this issue contains another report on the Nottingham congress; see page 41.—ED.]

Now the 20,000-word Nottingham Statement has been published by Falcon Press (50 p.). It claims to be neither a comprehensive nor an authoritative declaration of what Anglican evangelicals believe, for ...

John R. W. Stott (1921 – 2011) is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, author, and theologian. For 66 years he served All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London, England, where he pioneered effective urban evangelistic and pastoral ministry. During these years he authored more than 50 books, and served as one of the original Contributing Editors for Christianity Today. Stott had a global vision and built strong relationships with church leaders outside the West in the Majority World. A hallmark of Stott's ministry was his vision for expository biblical preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. In 1969 he founded a trust that eventually became Langham Partnership International (, a ministry that continues his vision of partnership with the Majority World Church. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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