CEEC was first created by John Stott in 1960 to provide a "collective" evangelical voice within the Church of England.
There is much more diversity among Anglican Evangelicals today than at that time. In the last few years, a number of new networks have been established, all with different emphases and objectives. At the same time local groups of evangelicals from different networks, sometimes known as Diocesan Evangelical Fellowships, need a national body to which they can affiliate. CEEC exists to provide for the continuing need for an overarching group to which the networks can belong, based on common understandings of the Christian faith and its Anglican expression, and united by a common vision to promote and maintain orthodox evangelical theology and ethics at the heart of the Church of England.
CEEC is particularly concerned to encourage evangelism, bible-based and Christ-centred formation of discipleship, evangelical leadership within the Church of England, and evangelical unity within and outside Anglicanism.
The Council consists of representatives from the College of Bishops, theological colleges, mission societies, General Synod, networks and local associations, all of whom have signed agreement with the Basis of Faith and its additional declarations. CEEC is also the representative body for EFAC, the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion.
The entire Council meets residentially once a year, and then the outworking and implementing of policy is delegated to a Working Group.