To read more about the Aims, Objectives, Basis of Faith and Highlights of T4B Churches, see the Churches Together in Great Bristol (CTGB) webpage. For current news, articles, calendar, and more of what is happening, see Bristol Networks website.
T4B:Churches is a “network of networks”, rather than an organisation, of churches. T4B also engages with prayer groups, and networks across the whole, or spheres, of life.
The church denominations and networks in the Bristol region have collaborated for many years. Evangelical Alliance started nationally in 1846. Churches Together in Greater Bristol (CTGB) started in the 1920's. Billy Graham's “Mission England” visit to Ashton Gate stadium in 1984, brought together many churches and 250,000 people over eight days.
The Celebration network of newer churches has met in various ways, since the 1980's, bringing together many church leaders. Celebration is now closely linked to the Woodlands group of churches, the New Wine network and the Mullers Partnership churches. There are other networks of churches, such as the Bristol Black Churches Council, Evangelical Alliance, and also Arise Bristol, which includes several ethnic minority church leaders.
The historic denominations have met under the umbrella of CTGB for many years and now the newer and Black churches are also represented.
The full members of CTGB are:
(Diocese of Bristol)
(West of England Baptist Association),
Bristol Black Churches Council
Celebration Churches Network
(Bristol and South Glos Circuit)
The Redeemed Christian Church of God
(Severn and Somerset Division)
United Reformed Church (Southwestern Synod)
There are also about 20 Churches Together groups, as well as several other informal local groups of church leaders.
T4B and CTGB are accountable to the senior Church Leaders:
Bishop Renford Brown
(Chair, Bristol Black Churches Council)
Revd Nigel Coles
Senior Regional Minister, West of England Baptist Association (WEBA)
Majors Ian and Jean Harris
Divisional Commanders, The Salvation Army, Severn and Somerset Division
The Rt Rev Mike Hill
The Bishop of Bristol, Diocese of Bristol, Church of England
The Rt Revd Declan Lang
Bishop of Clifton, Clifton Diocese (Catholic)
Revd Dr Jonathan Pye
Chair, Bristol Methodist District
Celebration Churches NetworkRevd
Moderator, South Western Synod, URC
About 45 denominations and networks of churches are national members of Churches Together in England, of which about half have churches in the Bristol region.
Nearly all the leaders of church denominations and networks met together at three city wide “Arise” and “Together4Bristol” gatherings of thousands at Pentecost (at Ashton Gate 2012, Castle Park 2013 and College Green 2014). At Ashton Gate there was Repentance, and Declarations made, by the senior Church Leaders, to work together more for the good of Bristol.
Since November 2014, there have been twice-yearly Together4Bristol gatherings, with representatives present from many of the church denominations and networks.
We have come a long way together, but we still have a long way to go to see T4B's vision fulfilled:
“Out of our unity we long to see... the WHOLE Christian community working together in prayer, prophetic action and proclamation of Jesus Christ,to help spread the Kingdom of God in the WHOLE of life in the Bristol region”.