CEEC was first created by John Stott in 1960 to provide a “collective” evangelical voice within the Church of England.
Since then a large number of networks and groupings have emerged. Along with Diocesan Evangelical Fellowships, these network and groupings are affiliated to CEEC at a national level. CEEC exists to provide for the continuing need for an overarching group to which the networks can belong, based on common understandings of the Christian faith and its Anglican expression, and united by a common vision to promote and maintain orthodox evangelical theology and ethics at the heart of the Church of England.
CEEC is particularly concerned to encourage evangelism, bible-based and Christ-centred formation of discipleship, evangelical leadership within the Church of England, and evangelical unity within and outside Anglicanism.
The Council consists of representatives from the College of Bishops, theological colleges, mission societies, General Synod, networks and local associations, all of whom have signed agreement with the Basis of Faith and its additional declarations. CEEC is also the representative body for EFAC, the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. A full list with links to websites and contact details for these organisations can be found on the Links page.
The entire Council meets residentially once a year, and then the outworking and implementing of policy is delegated to a Working Group.