Andrea Williams calls for decisive leadership for Church of England
General Synod member and Christian Concern CEO Andrea Minichiello Williams has called for the Church of England to move decisively after Rowan Williams announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury earlier today.
“There are many issues confronting our nation at the moment, which have raised the question of the place of Christian faith in British society. This is, therefore, a crucial time for the established Church in this country to provide leadership, clarity and direction as many people want.
“The resignation of Archbishop Rowan provides an opportunity for the Church of England to appoint someone who can provide these much needed qualities.
“For too long the Church’s voice has been muddled, indecisive and confusing to the public on the critical issues of our time, especially the protection of life, the redefining of marriage and the place of Jesus Christ in the public square. Our country needs a Church leader who will contend for biblical truth in every area of life, commend Jesus Christ as foundational to addressing these many issues, providing direction for our society and a point of unity for the Anglican Church both here and abroad.
“The Church must also listen to its members and even invite them to decide who it is they want to lead them after the departure of Rowan Williams”.
Dr Rowan Williams revealed that he will step down from his role at the end of the year. His decision comes after 10 years in the post and after accepting the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
In a statement issued from Lambeth Palace, he said:
“It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision. During the time remaining there is much to do, and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond.”
The Crown Nominations Commission will consider "in due course" the selection of a successor.