In response to the decision of the new incumbent of St Selpulchre without Newgate, London, known as the Musicians' Church because of its long history as a rehearsal and performance space for classical musicians, as reported in the Church Times on 18th August, our new General Secretary Jonathan Draper has issued the following statement which was published on the Church TImes letters page on 1st September.

Andrew Brown in his Press column (Church Times, 25th August) referred to the recent events at St Sepulchre Without Newgate – the "national musicians’ church" where apparently bookings are no longer welcome from choirs and orchestras because their music is not religious, after a church-plant from Holy Trinity, Brompton — as a significant act of “disevangelism”.

At our annual conference last month, we held our AGM and election of new officers to our board of Trustees and members of our Council.

We formally welcomed our new General Secretary designate, Revd Jonathan Draper, who takes up this new paid, part-time role from 1st September 2017.

The AGM approved our Annual Report for 2016 and the following update of our Charitable Objects, which has been approved with the Charity Commission:

Following a competitive selection process, the trustees of Modern Church are pleased to announce the appointment of the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper as General Secretary of Modern Church.

Jonathan Draper, currently the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, announced his retirement from that role in March this year. He is currently on sabbatical, and will formally begin his new role with Modern Church on 1st September 2017.

This is a new opportunity for Modern Church as this will be a paid part-time post for the first time in Modern Church’s 119 year history.

Two trustees of Moden Church have joined the debate about how Christians should respond to the current political situation in the UK, following controversial comments from a Church Times columnist.

Letters from Revd Jonathan Clatworthy and Revd Dr Jeyan Anketell were published in the 19th May issue of the weekly Anglican newspaper, in response to comments by regular contributor Canon Angela Tilby, who said that church leaders say little about political issues which is not better said elsewhere.

Over the past few weeks, several of our members and partner organisations have advised us that they have received emails claiming to be from Modern Church which appear to be spam.

We are grateful to those who have brought this to our attention, and we would like to reassure all who have received such emails that we are taking steps to improve the security of our website and email newsletter distribution list to minimise the risk of this happening again.