Local Co-operative Working

Local Co-operative Working

Across Hertfordshire individual Christians and Churches are working together in various ways as great examples of Christian Unity.

Information about how some Christians are working together can be found below and in other areas of this website, there are Local Ecumenical Partnerships, Churches Together Groups, chaplaincies, mission, social justice and education partnerships.  Additionally regional Church Leaders come together in prayer throughout the year and there are also times of joint witness, worship and celebration such as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Thy Kingdom Come.

There are always new ways to work together too and Churches Together in England have created a resource to assist those wishing to start new projects or reflect on existing joint working.  This resource is called a Flexible Framework for Unity in Mission, for more information can be found here

If you are looking at how to work with other Churches in your area and need some help in finding the right approach please contact Doral Hayes, Ecumenical Facilitator.


Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEP’s)

LEPs exits where there is a formal written agreement affecting the ministry,  congregational life, buildings and/or mission projects of more than one denomination, with authorization by the appropriate denominational authorities and the registration of that agreement with the Sponsoring Body (in this case – CTHerts).

There are different kinds of LEPs, but most are either:

1. A single congregation from two or more denominations;

2. A Covenanted Partnership, where each denomination worships in its own building but has a strong commitment to united witness and ministry;

3. A Shared Building Partnership where there is a legal agreement to use one church building by more than one denomination.   

There can also be Chaplaincy, Mission and Education Partnerships.

In CTHerts we have LEPs operating in: 

Barnet, Berkhamstead, Digswell, Hemel Hempstead (2), Hitchin (2), Knebworth, Much Hadham, Panshanger, Queenswood School, Radlett, Rickmansworth, Stevenage (2) Tring, University of Hertfordshire, Waltham Cross, Ware (2), Watford (2),  Wheathampstead.

For the contact details of your local LEP see the LEP Members page.


Churches Together Groups

In CTHerts we have local Churches Together groups in the following locations. 

Abbots Langley, Baldock, Bishop’s Stortford, Bushey and Oxhey, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross, Chipping Barnet, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Elstree and Borehamwood, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford and District, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Kings Langley, Knebworth, London Colney, Marshalswick, Potters Bar, Redbourn, Radlett, St Albans, Stevenage, Tring, Ware, Watford (2), Watton-at-Stone, Wheathampstead.

In North Mymms there is a Churches Together group organized without a committee structure. There is also a group of Churches in Welwyn Garden City with an informal link to CTHerts.

For contact details of your local Churches Together Group see the Churches Together Members page.


Associate Members

There are also a growing number of ecumenical organisations that are Associate members of CT Herts.  These are charities or voluntary organisations that seek to work ecumenically and promote Christian Unity.

For contact details of these organisations see the Associate Members page


Chair: Revd David Chapman

Churches Together in Hertfordshire unites in pilgrimage those churches in the area which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:
To seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another
in the Church, which is his body; and
To fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world:

To the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Facilitator: Currently vacant