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CFS Trustees

Covenant Fellowship Scotland is registered with OSCR as
Scottish Charity SC043628.

Trustees of the charity are:

Rev Professor Andrew McGowan 
(Chairman)
Rev Richard Buckley
Rev Mike Goss
Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
Mr Kenneth Mackenzie
Rev Mark Malcolm
Rev Ann McCool
Rev Hector Morrison
Rev Colin Strong

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Covenant Fellowship Scotland exists to work for the Reformation of the Church of Scotland according to Scripture.  In doing so, it aims to provide a vehicle for orthodox Christians to have a recognised voice within the Church.  In addition, Covenant Fellowship Scotland will provide support and encouragement, not least to those congregations who have been decimated by the disruption over the same-sex issue.

 

Leadership

Covenant Fellowship Scotland also intends to provide leadership.  Many orthodox people in the Church of Scotland are shocked and dismayed by the trajectory which the Church has been on for several years.  Many are losing heart, looking for leadership and feel powerless.  We have frequently been asked, ‘Is no-one doing anything?’  It is imperative that Covenant Fellowship Scotland offers people a rallying point for dissent now, as well as leadership for the future.  Until now, only Ministers and Elders have been able to speak to the issues before the Church (at Kirk Session and Presbytery) but Covenant Fellowship Scotland aims to be a grassroots movement of members and adherents.  The Covenant Fellowship Declaration has enabled hundreds of members and adherents to register their views, for the first time.

Secession

At the moment, the message being spread throughout the Church, with devastating consequences, is that the only option for evangelicals who are unhappy with what is happening, is to leave the Church of Scotland.  That message has been heard and many have responded.  Ten years ago, who would have predicted or believed that, by 2014, Gilcomston South in Aberdeen, Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, St George’s Tron in Glasgow and Stornoway High in Lewis would have taken steps to secede from the Church of Scotland?  Our Reformed movement has been decimated by this message that the only way to protest is to leave.  We need to counter that message, by offering a rationale for remaining within the Church.

Integrity

It is not enough to persuade people to remain in the Church of Scotland, however, we must find a way to enable them to remain with integrity.  Many people are being told that to stay in the Church of Scotland means that they are complicit in whatever decision the Church takes and so by staying they will inevitably be tainted or compromised.  We need to provide a way of staying in the Church with integrity.  In other words, we need to create a Covenant Fellowship which has three core principles: first, we believe that God has called us to serve in the Church of Scotland and so we are not leaving; second, we are prepared to stand together against any decision of the courts of the Church which is contrary to the plain teaching of Scripture; third, we will actively work and pray towards the future reformation of the Church.  This ought to enable faithful men and women to remain with integrity, through participation in Covenant Fellowship Scotland.

Prophetic Call

The first act of the Covenant Fellowship has been to call the Church to repentance.  The Church, if it continues on the present trajectory, will have departed from its constitutional basis in Scripture, the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Declaratory Articles and must be challenged.  It is our prophetic duty to make such a protest and to issue such a call.  This call will certainly resonate with the concerns of many in the pews.

The Future

In all of this we must look to the future and to the generations following us.  The intention is not to create Covenant Fellowship Scotland to solve an immediate problem in respect of the Overture, rather the intention is to form a body which will develop a long-term strategy for the Reformation of the Church.  The Overture coming to this year’s General Assembly is only the presenting issue and the problems are much deeper.  It is highly likely that other issues will follow, such as the uniqueness of Christ.  We must call people to pray, we must remind people of the Gospel, we must remind people of our Reformed heritage and we must mobilise and motivate people through a clearly articulated vision for the transformation of the Church.  The days ahead may well prove to be very difficult but the Lord will vindicate his ‘remnant’, as he has done throughout history, even if this is preceded by a period of judgement on our land and on our Church.