The Jerusalem Declaration


In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:

We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, have met in the land of Jesus’ birth. We
express our loyalty as disciples to the King of kings, the Lord Jesus. We joyfully embrace his command to
proclaim the reality of his kingdom which he first announced in Jerusalem. The gospel of the kingdom is the
good news of salvation, liberation and transformation for all. In light of the above, we agree to chart a way
forward together that promotes and protects the biblical gospel and mission to the world, solemnly
declaring the following tenets of orthodoxy which underpin our Anglican identity.

1. We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus
Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth
fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.

2. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to
contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed
in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.

3. We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of
faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

4. We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God’s
Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today.

5. We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the
death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all
who come to him in repentance and faith.

6. We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage as an expression of the gospel, and
we uphold the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as a true and authoritative standard of worship and prayer, to
be translated and locally adapted for each culture.

7. We recognise that God has called and gifted bishops, priests and deacons in historic succession to
equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world. We uphold the classic Anglican Ordinal as an
authoritative standard of clerical orders.

8. We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard
of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the
basis of the family. We repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed commitment
to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are not married.

9. We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek
those who do not know Christ and to baptise, teach and bring new believers to maturity.

10. We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate
justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.

11. We are committed to the unity of all those who know and love Christ and to building authentic
ecumenical relationships. We recognise the orders and jurisdiction of those Anglicans who uphold orthodox
faith and practice, and we encourage them to join us in this declaration.

12. We celebrate the God-given diversity among us which enriches our global fellowship, and we
acknowledge freedom in secondary matters. We pledge to work together to seek the mind of Christ on
issues that divide us.

13. We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith, as outlned
above, in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord.

14. We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await this final event of
history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.