CTGB is one of the founding partners, along with Evangelical Alliance, Arise Bristol! and the Bristol Networks website, of Together4Bristol (T4B), with the following Aims, Basis of Faith and Objectives. Here you can keep in touch, find out more about us and see highlights of CTGB from 2010. For current news, articles, calendar, and more of what is happening, see Bristol Networks website.
Basis of faith
Churches Together in Greater Bristol unites in pilgrimage those churches and Christians in the Bristol region, who, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:
to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and
to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world
to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
For more see the Basis of CTE
The aims of Churches Together in Greater Bristol are:
To become a visible sign of our Christian and Church commitment to one another.
To help churches fulfil their call to proclaim the Good News in common witness and service.
To enable and challenge churches and Christians not to do alone, what we might do together.
To foster networks of relationship between churches, civic authorities and other organisations which promote the well-being of all citizens of Bristol and surrounding areas.
To provide support and encouragement for all those seeking to work ecumenically.
To build relationships
We gather church and other Christian leaders, to build friendship, exchange news and get a better overview of how each other's work fits together, to help form a “network of networks”.
We gather Christians at a variety of events small or big.
For example, we have lunches for the eight senior regional Church Leaders or Presidents. We have lunches for the leaders of Churches Together (and similar) groups.
We have also gathered thousands, including the regional Church Leaders, at the Party in the Park, to catch a vision together for how the Bristol region can be transformed.
To learn from God and
We encourage church leaders and others to pray together for one another, and for the whole of life across the city.
We spur one another on to more radical whole-life missional discipleship. We learn together and share dreams, opportunities, resources and practical projects, at bigger gatherings such as Spectrum or Going Deeper. One way we raise awareness of all this is through the Bristol Networks website, endorsed by CTGB.
To act together and as individuals
As a result of growing relationships, churches and the Christian community can take strategic action together, for example through Parties in the Park, or Foodbanks, to engage with their local communities.
We also encourage individuals to help impact the whole of life across the city-region, for example through collaboration with LICC.
At the Arise Bristol! Ashton Gate stadium gathering we prayed for and released thousands of church leaders and Christians to help transform the whole of life in the Bristol region.
Churches Together in Greater Bristol (or CTGB) has an Enabler of Mission and Unity, who works with an enabling group of people from different churches to promote unity, prayer and community engagement.
The senior regional Church Leaders are the Presidents of CTGB. They are the leaders of the historical denominations as well as of newer networks of churches. Together4Bristol, as well as CTGB, are accountable to them.
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 Network
Revd Ruth Whitehead
Moderator, South Western Synod, URC
Members of the CTGB Enabling Group
Chair: Revd Eric Aidoo (Baptist)
Roger Allen (Enabler of Mission and Unity)
Revd Chris Dobson (Anglican)
Ben Ellis (Salvation Army)
Eddy Knasel (Bristol Quakers)
Carlotta Kramskoy (Catholic)
Revd Stephen Newell (United Reformed Church)
Alan Paginton (Secretary)
Alison Paginton (Treasurer)
ST (Arise Bristol!)
Revd Nigel Young (Methodist)
A few highlights of Churches Together in Greater Bristol (CTGB) from 2010
Bristol has pioneered a “unity for mission movement” over many years. In 2010, CTGB, which was founded in the 1920s, was given a new lease of life.
CTGB links Churches Together groups, Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs), or other informal groups of churches across the region.
Since then there have been:
Gatherings of church leaders from the Celebration network of churches, which are now linked with New Wine church leaders.
Spectrum gatherings (CTGB) at Bristol Cathedral in 2011 and 2012. Over 50 exhibition stands, a celebration service, about 500 visitors at each gathering.
In March 2011, the Bristol Networks website was launched, and with others, was endorsed by CTGB.
Since 2011, there has been an annual Forum.
From July 2012, there have been twice-yearly lunches for the regional Church Leaders or presidents of CTGB.
Three city wide “Arise!” and “Together for Bristol” gatherings of thousands of people, at Pentecost (at Ashton Gate 2012, Castle Park 2013 and College Green 2014) with representives from CTGB involved. For example, at Ashton Gate there was Repentance, and Declarations were made by Church Leaders, to work together more for the good of Bristol.
A city-wide Going Deeper conference at the Colston Hall (2013) was facilitated by CTGB, included stands and seminars.
An All-Night Prayer Vigil at the Cathedral and St Stephen's (May 2014).
Since 2015, there have been lunch gatherings twice a year for leaders of Churches Together groups and other informal groups of churches.
From January 2016, there have been twice-yearly lunches for communicators and website facilitators across the Christian community in the Bristol region.
In March 2016, Let's Work Together (a Manifesto for the elections of 2016) was launched. In April, a Hustings for the Mayoral candidates was held. Both were commended by CTGB.
From 2017, “Together4Bristol” has a website, including this page to help people connect with Churches Together in Greater Bristol.