Members of Churches Together in England (CTE) can be: 

  • Churches and denominations with a national presence 
  • Unions of churches 
  • Association or Councils of churches with a national presence. 

CTE currently has more than 50 national Member Churches. With churches drawn from the Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Orthodox and Lutheran traditions, as well as Free Churches, Quakers and others, we unite one of the broadest range of churches in the whole of Europe.  

What do Member Churches believe? 

Member churches share the basis of Churches Together in England, our statement of belief. 

What does it mean to be a Member Church? 

Members join the national family of churches across England, and CTE Church Membership involves: 

  • making an active contribution to the life of Churches Together in England, 
  • developing the depth of fellowship between Member Churches, as we pursue our joint pilgrimage of unity, 
  • guiding its policy, 
  • contributing financially

CTE’s Enabling Group brings together representatives from CTE’s Member Churches twice a year, alongside representatives from Intermediate Bodies and Bodies in Association

CTE’s vision is to create the space in which fruitful collaboration and mutual understanding can grow, so that we as churches work more closely together in our great task of sharing in God’s mission and making the gospel of Christ known in our nation. Read more on our page About CTE.

How to become a CTE Member Church  

There are agreed parameters for belonging, and a recognisedprocess for requesting membership. Find out more on our page Joining CTE as a Member Church.

What about my local church? 

CTE church membership works at a national level, rather than locally.

As a local congregation, parish or church, you will therefore need to check if you are part of one of the national CTE Member Church denominations, networks or councils (see the full directory here)

In addition, belonging to a local Churches Together group or County Body does not give a congregation membership of CTE (visit schools admissions for a longer explanation).  

Local churches and congregations are encouraged to join their local Churches Together group (or similar), or – if appropriate – their county/intermediate body

Is CTBI and CTE membership the same thing? 

While it is not automatic, churches which have membership of Churches Together in England (CTE) are also entitled to apply for membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Find out more on the CTBI website

What about admission to Church schools? 

If you have a query about criteria for admission to Church schools, please visit our school admissions page.  

Who do I contact for more information? 

If your query is not answered through our website, please contact CTE’s Operations Manager, Lorraine Shannon