Chapter 8, entitled "Edwardian Challenges and the Collapse of an Anglican Greater Britain," builds on the previous chapter describing the challenges facing the evangelical CMS and the high church SPG at the beginning of the Edwardian era that led both of them to adopt an aggressive Pan-Anglican
vision for an imperial mission based on popular enthusiasm for the British Empire that would allow them to overcome party spirit and work together for the greater good of all, a project that fell apart within the decade because of the inability of all parties concerned to agree on any concrete vision of what "imperial Christianity" entailed, or how it could be realized.
The games, which originated from an idea by Reverend Ashley Cooper for a 'pan-Britannic pan-Anglican
contest and festival every four years' to promote goodwill in the former empire, have often been fraught with problems.
To encourage and guide Anglican participation in the ecumenical movement and the ecumenical organisations, to co-operate with the World Council of Churches and the world confessional bodies on behalf of the Anglican Communion, and to make arrangements for the conduct of pan-Anglican
conversations with the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches, and other Churches.
The "Virginia Report," prepared by the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission in 1998, "for the first time in history imbues the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion with unheard of pan-Anglican
authority and power." Douglas asked the Lutherans what their experience of episcopacy in its many forms across the Lutheran world has to offer Anglicans.
In the last century there were three significant worldwide gatherings of Anglican laypeople, deacons, priests, and bishops focusing on mission, known variously as Pan-Anglican
or Anglican Congresses, held in London in 1908, Minneapolis in 1954, and Toronto in 1963.
A possible course of action for the Society during this period, in order to circumvent the lack of active participation of the Church of England, was to develop a pan-Anglican
partnership role to facilitate the mutual exchange of resources between any churches belonging to the Anglican Communion, including South to South movements.