Our aim is to encourage active Christian unity and to strongly follow the principle of only doing separately what we cannot achieve together.

To enable all Christians to give visible expression of their common membership of the body of Christ.

Name - The body shall be known as 'Christians Together in Jersey' (CTJ).

CTJ Constitution Objective

Aims


To be a visible sign of the Churches' commitment to one another in obedience to our Lord's prayer that  “they may all be one ... “ (John 17:21) by:


  1. Promoting theological reflection and discussion relating to the unity of the Church and its mission (Unity);
  2. Encouraging the sharing and understanding of each other's spiritual traditions (Worship);
  3. Fostering ways of sharing the Gospel with the community (Evangelism);
  4. Helping churches make a practical response to human needs, and seeking a common mind through shared decision-making, wherever possible, as part of a growing unity (Social Responsibility);
  5. To maintain and promote the work of Christian aid agencies.

Basis


In fellowship with Churches Together in Hampshire and the Islands (CTHI) and Churches Together in England (CTE), the basis shall be that of the World Council of Churches, namely, 'a fellowship of Churches which confesses the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and therefore, seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit'. In the power of the Spirit and united in pilgrimage and common witness, they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with each other.

Meetings

The Assembly of representatives of member churches will meet at least twice a year and provide opportunity to worship, discuss, and have refreshments together. Any member of a participating church can attend meetings as an observer. One of these meetings shall be the Annual General Meeting at which officers are elected, audited accounts presented, and annual reports submitted.

Functions

As the servants of the churches the Assembly will:

  1. Recommend to the churches matters it believes should be addressed jointly;
  2. Consider matters referred by CTE through CTHI;
  3. Hold an Annual General Meeting to elect the President and officers, such as Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer;
  4. Appoint an Enabling Committee, together with such sub-committees deemed necessary, for the work of CTJ. The Enabling Committee shall have power to co-opt clerical or lay representatives to ensure adequate denominational representation, or to assist in specific discussions.
Membership

Christians Together in Jersey shall consist of:

  1. All ministers and equivalent representatives, who affirm the 'Basis' and seek to promote the 'Aims' and 'Objective' and share in the work of CTJ.
  2. One lay representative from each congregation which affirms the 'Basis' and seeks to promote the 'Aims' and 'Objective'. In order that CTJ may function effectively, each congregation is asked to choose a person who will be active in the work of CTJ, to review the appointment annually, and to arrange that the congregation will have an opportunity to receive from the representative in person a report following each Assembly of CTJ.
  3. CTJ shall have powers to co-opt to membership individuals not eligible under (1) or (2), but who affirm the 'Basis'.
  4. All recommendations for co-option to CTJ shall be made to the Enabling Committee who shall be empowered to confirm the membership without delay. The Enabling Committee shall review all co-options annually and shall report them to the Annual General Meeting.
  5. A representative of any Church which on principle has no credal statement (and therefore cannot formally subscribe to the statement of faith in the ‘Basis’) provided that such a Church manifests faith in Christ as witnessed in the Scriptures and seeks to promote the 'Aims' and 'Objective' and share in the work of CTJ.
  6. The Assembly, the Enabling Committee, or any of the study and action groups, may invite representatives from other Christian bodies who affirm the 'Basis' to attend meetings as observers.

These will be payable by each participating congregation and the minimum amount shall be decided annually.

Subscriptions Amendment to the Constitution

The Assembly shall have the power to amend the Constitution, but twenty-eight days notice will be given to local congregations of any proposed amendment to the Constitution. Amendments shall be approved by a majority of two thirds of the members of CTJ present and voting.