The Congregational Federation is a voluntary association of some 300 independent churches throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The Federation is divided into 10 areas within the United Kingdom, two of which are nation states themselves i.e. the Congregational Federation in Wales and in Scotland. Areas organise themselves differently but they are a means of support, encouragement and enabling to the local churches that make up the Area Associations.
The Congregational Federation affirms the “scriptural right of every separate Church to maintain perfect independence in the government and administration of its own particular affairs”. This independence means that we join together in areas of common concern to pool our resources, skills and enthusiasm as we co-operate together in the service of the kingdom of God. Whilst stressing the importance of independence we recognise that we are inter-dependent on each other, hence the need to work in a federation which allows freedom but mutuality. This is reflected in the structure of the Congregational Federation, which is served by a Council of Area representatives and other elected individuals. The work of Council is taken forward by three committees; Mission and Society, Christian Ministries and Finance and Support Services. The Congregational Federation has wide range of churches within its Areas, and seeks to offer support and resources in varying ways:
Children and Youth
We help churches reach and engage with children by:
- promoting effective strategies such as Messy Church
- affirming excellence through the Child Friendly Church award scheme
- offering advice, support and training as needed
CF_XTRA is the national youth provision for all young people aged 10-29 with connections to local CF churches, led by a Core Team who are elected by youth participants from any CF church through the facilitation of the CF_XTRA church contact. The core team is led by a national youth worker and a youth intern.
Resources for our churches in their mission and outreach include:
- Starter grants to explore new possibilities in mission
- Grants for new mission initiatives
- The support of our Mission Development Officer
- Sharing ideas and learning in order to develop mission, including the work of The Studio, a fresh expression of 21st century church.
Learning and Development
The Federation has a range of opportunities for individuals and churches for learning and development, including:
- Integrated Training Course, validated by Winchester University
- Local training course
- ‘Growing Disciples’
- Learning packages for individual churches
The Federation is working in partnership with the Churches of Christ in Zambia to develop youth and children’s work, and the Churches of Christ in Malawi to mutually support and encourage one another. We are also working to raise funds for development work in Nicaragua, through Christian Aid.
- The young people who lead CF_XTRA, that their Christian experience will help other young people in their faith journey
- Spiritual growth of church congregations as they seek to become more missional in the 21st century
- Courage for churches to take risks and step out in faith as they try new ways to share the gospel
- Strengthening of congregations as they seek the mind of Christ in all they do.