About the Minster
Latimer Minster is a missional Church of England church led by Frog & Amy Orr-Ewing with a passionate desire to be a greater resource to the wider church in the nation and beyond by reaching, raising and releasing this generation locally, regionally and across the world.
Every Sunday new people come through our doors to find a spiritual home, or just for a visit. We would love to welcome you, whether you would normally associate yourself with church or not!
What is a Minster? Why Latimer?
The first Minsters were founded in the early days of British Christianity as centres of mission, worship, prayer and teaching. They were the hubs for extensive missionary activity, and a resource built upon monastic communities. However, today most Parish churches sit empty, the church has retreated from public life, and the [18-30] Millennial generation is mostly absent from church life.
Hugh Latimer was an English Reformer. In his closing moments as a martyr on the streets of Oxford in 1555 he was reported to have uttered this moving phrase to his friend and fellow martyr: “Be of good comfort Master Ridley, and play the man: we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” This is the kind of attitude needed for the rising generation if we are to fulfill the purposes of God – a passion for the transformation and the evangelisation of the nation, and a willingness to count the cost if necessary. In naming the Minster after this man we are anchoring our future in the courage of our heritage.
Latimer Minster aims to be a catalyst for physical and spiritual growth in the local and national Church. This acts out in four broad areas of activity: placing Christianity back into public life, spear-heading church growth, intense discipleship of Christians, and 24-7 prayer & worship to God.
Why South Buckinghamshire?
Half way between Oxford & London with the strength of both: the energy, excitement and dynamism of London, and the depth, discipline, and resource of London, South Buckinghamshire is a hub for the whole country.
Accountability and Oversight
Latimer Minster is part of the Church of England, with Anglican clergy authorised by the Bishops of Oxford and Buckinghamshire. The Minster is also a resource centre for the Order of Mission, a contemporary monastic order associated with the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Sheffield, working closely with other denominations and made up of a global community of pioneering leaders who follow Jesus. Under God, we have committed ourselves to each other for the purpose of taking the good news of Jesus to the nations.
Latimer Minster is also a charitable company registered as “The Minster Fellowship” with Companies House (Company No. 7299797) and the Charities Commission (Charity No. 1137570). It is overseen by a group of trustees: Amy Orr-Ewing, Sylvia Lawson Johnston, and George May.