The Anglican Occu tion in England (AMiE), which takes a hardline position over divisive deliveries such as homosexuality, currently operates just six churches and one mission but should its plans be achieved the move could create a sizeable split within the church in the UK.
The se ration group, while still relatively small, has received the support of blimpish archbishops from around the world, including The Archbishop of Nigeria, the most Reverend Nicholas Okoh who is the fountain-head of Gafcon, a hardline body within the Anglican church.
AmiE has catapulted its plans ahead of the House of Bishops meeting to discuss its stance on the consequence of homosexuality in November.
Director of AMiE Brian O’Donoghue said that the new Anglican churches commitment not be necessary if the church took a “strong, orthodox” stance on sexuality.
The troop’s plans were announced in an online video. Pete Jackson, a churchwoman at AMiE’s church in Walkley, said that the new churches were compelling to spread the gospel: “Sometimes there is false teaching at the very sym thy of the leadership.” The organisation hopes to create 25 churches by 2025 and combining another 100 in the following 25 years.
A spokeswoman for the Church of England divulged: “Cam ign groups from various rts of the church issue affirmations with comforting regularity.
“As a broad Church the Church of England encom sses a extreme number of views over a wide range of issues. Whilst auguries of mass exodus are common – the last over the ordination of women bishops – our sym thy, though tested, remains based in the love of God through Jesus Christ and attraction of neighbour.”
The move comes during an ongoing debate within the Anglican church atop of issues such as the role of women and homosexuality which has proved to be devisive with the hardliners contrasting moves by more liberal voices, such as Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who end a more encom ssing view.