Anglican Consultative Council (ACC)

The Anglican Consultative Council is not an international synod. It has no legal power over member churches of the Anglican Communion, which are autonomous and independent-yet-interdependent. The ACC is a consultative body, and one of four Instruments of Communion, or Instruments of Unity, in the Anglican Communion, alongside the Lambeth Conference, the Primates’ Meeting and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Plenary sessions of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) take place every two or three years. Representatives from each of the 42 provinces (member churches) of the Anglican Communion are invited to gather together for prayer, worship, Bible study, and discussion on matters of common concern, to promote the unity and purposes of the Churches of the Anglican Communion in mission, evangelism, ecumenical relations, communication, administration and finance.

The role of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the Provinces and churches, and help to co-ordinate common action. It advises on the organisation and structures of the Communion, and seeks to develop common policies with respect to the world mission of the Church, including ecumenical matters. The ACC membership includes from one to three persons from each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership.

See also the ACC fonds