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Relief Preparations Beginning for Hurricane Michael


The Anglican Relief and Development Fund is partnering with the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic to prepare for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Here is how you can help.

On the heels of Hurricane Florence on the Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Michael is reaching landfall right now, on October 10, as a Category 4 hurricane. Reports claim this is the worst storm to ever hit the Florida panhandle and is predicted to be catastrophic.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund is already preparing for relief efforts on the Florida Gulf Coast. ARDF is working with the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic to bring relief to victims of the storm. From ARDF:

As Michael strikes, your gift to ARDF offers tangible hope and help to those in need. You can help by giving much needed funds to ARDF. We will distribute it the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic. It is the diocese that prioritizes the needs of their communities and distributes donations to those who need it the most.

Please join us in prayer for those in the path of the storm and, if led by the Spirit, donate to the relief efforts here.

To learn more about these relief efforts, click here.


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Free Downloadable Commentary on GAFCON Jerusalem’s “Letter to the Churches”


The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, Convener of the GAFCON Jerusalem 2018 Statement Group, takes us through the “Letter to the Churches” section-by-section describing the role and work of the Statement Group as well as discussing his thoughts and perspective on the work.

While this work is independent of the Letter and Gafcon, Dr. Noll gives relevant context and reveals the importance of the Letter and its roaring approval from GAFCON Jerusalem delegates.

From the publisher:

At the third Global Anglican Future Conference in June 2018, nearly 2,000 delegates from around the world gathered to worship God, to hear inspirational teaching and testimony, and to chart the way forward for biblical Anglicanism. The Letter to the Churches was the Conference statement that summed up the hopes of those gathered for the global Anglican future.

The Letter to the Churches has three main sections: “Proclaiming God’s Gospel,” “Reforming God’s Church,” and “Reaching Out to the God’s World.” Each section is rooted in Scripture and the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Each section engages the great challenges facing Christians today from within and without the Christian community, including threats to the uniqueness of Christ, to God’s creation of men and women in his image, and to the authority of the Bible.

Stephen Noll’s Commentary seeks to interpret the text of the Letter to the Churches faithfully, drawing implications and applications for confessing Anglicans within the Anglican Communion. In particular, he explains what the Letter means by “reordering the Communion” and “Questions for Canterbury.”

Dr. Noll, with the help of Anglican House Media Ministries, is providing this commentary as a resource to the Anglican Communion and the wider Church for free.

To download the commentary, click here. For more information directly from Dr. Noll, visit his blog here.

To read more from Dr. Noll about the Anglican Communion, its past, and its future, purchase his book, The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism, 1993-2018 here.

Rector, Chillicothe, OH

Pastor of Community Life, San Francisco

Children’s Ministry Director, San Francisco

Director of Operations, Richmond, VA

Director of Family & Children’s Ministries, Richmond, VA

Rector, Moultrie, GA

Associate Rector, Church of the Cross, Austin

Rector, Woodbridge, VA


Three clergy families, three clergy children, almost endless problems. And our boys aren’t alone. What are the factors involved in being a clergy child that lead some teenagers to do great and others to rebel? And how can you, as parents and mentors, do to help?

I was at my son’s high school, standing in line outside the vice principals’ office, angrily reflecting on the trouble that my eldest son was in and musing about the similar struggles of the son of our clergy assistant. That was when I realized that the tall man three people in front of me was our new rector, also there to talk to the principal about school discipline issues with his son.

Three clergy families, three clergy children, almost endless problems. And our boys aren’t alone. The rebellious clergy child is a cliché for good reason. Studies suggest that as many as 40% of the children of church professionals leave the faith as adults. And it’s clear from the Bible that it’s been an issue for a long time; look at the children of Eli (1Sam 2), Samuel (1 Sam 8), or even Israel’s kings!
Now, obviously, not all clergy children have problems, many excel. (My second son did fine.) But that does highlight the contrast. What are the factors involved in being a clergy child that lead some teenagers to do great and others to rebel?

Clergy Kids Deal with Resentment
Like my son, most of the clergy children I interviewed mentioned issues of resentment. Unfortunately, the ultimate root of the resentment comes from something almost all clergy parents have in common: they’ve made sacrifices for the sake of the Gospel. Clergy parents have given up larger paychecks in the secular world; they work long hours for the sake of their churches; and, they are always open to interruptions in family routine because of pastoral emergencies. Clergy parents are willing to make these sacrifices because of their strong sense of God’s call and the rewards that come from public ministry.

Clergy children share the costs of these sacrifices. They pay when mom or dad isn’t at home because someone is in the hospital. They pay when forced to stay at church an hour after everyone else has left. They pay when people in the church carefully watch their behavior. At the same time, our children haven’t heard their own personal call to sacrifice for the sake of Christ’s church and they almost never receive the rewards of ministry. They are forced to make the sacrifices, but without the sense of call that would make those sacrifices bearable.

Under a microscope
Many clergy kids feel like they are always watched more carefully than other kids. One study called this the “Glass House” phenomenon—they feel pressure from their parents and other church adults to be good examples in ways that their peers aren’t pressured. Even worse, their friends often stereotype them as goody-goodies, which they sometimes react violently against.

They also report that their parents put extra pressure on them to behave well for the sake of the church. It’s not hard to understand why parents might do this (Titus 1:6) or hard to understand why children might resent it and blame the church!

Affected by church conflict
Clergy children also talked about the effect of church conflict. The stories typically went like this: Dad and a church musician have a disagreement. Dad thinks the musician has said unfair things and he’s angry and hurt and venting to his wife about it. The children overhear, and naturally take up the offense on the side of their father. The children are now angry with the musician. Dad, who works with the musician every week will eventually resolve the conflict. But what about the children? They never have the opportunity for resolution, and are left holding the offense, often into adulthood. This resentment sometimes crystallizes into mistrust of the Church.

Competing with the ministry for parent’s attention
Another frequently reported cause of resentment was competition with the church for parents’ attention. They battled with feeling like the church was more important to their parents than they were.
Mixed messages about their role in the church.

In a sense, and even with the pressure to behave, clergy kids are treated like celebrities around church. Everyone knows their names, people are nice to them; they even get talked about from the pulpit. Many clergy children talk about feeling special around church.

Interestingly, this sometimes makes their participation in church youth programs difficult, when instead of treating them like celebrities, youth leaders expect them to actually behave better than the other children.

Here are five ways to help:

1) Talk to your children!

Ask your children about how they feel about being pastor’s kids. Give them room to vent and don’t get defensive. Ask them about resentment, and how they are treated and whether they feel like the church is more important to you than they are. In addition, deliberately teach your children about forgiveness, reconciliation, and handling resentment and help them practice.

2) Keep church conflict details private!

When venting about church conflict, special care should be taken not to expose our children to the details (except in the most general sense: “Honey, sometimes even Christians disagree”). One of the duties of a clergy parent is protecting the reputation of Jesus’ Church in the mind of their children.

3) Shield your kids from the expectations of the church.

Another duty of the clergy parent is to protect the reputation of their children in the mind of the church. Try as much as possible to shield your children from the church’s expectations.
Be careful about using the church as a reason for discipline. Saying things like “How do you think it makes daddy look when you act like this…” makes the church the bad guy.
Some of the kids I interviewed reported that it had been helpful to them when their parents told them that they didn’t have to try to live up to clergy kid stereotypes.

4) Get your children involved in your ministry

Children who feel like they are a part of their parents’ ministry do better in dealing with the issues of resentment. I saw it in children who grew up in church plants, where there is a sort of “every hand on deck” mentality that requires the involvement of children and teenagers in meaningful ministry roles. Having age appropriate responsibility gives children some sense that they really are included in their parents’ ministry and helps to balance out resentment.

5) If your child is having trouble consider another church’s youth program

If your child is having trouble with the church’s attention, consider allowing them the freedom to be involved in another church’s youth programs. I know that this is a thorny issue, but participation in a group where they are just a regular kid can be a life (and faith) saver.

Raising godly children is hard—for anyone. It takes time, prayer, constant attention, and is messy, both figuratively and literally. For those of us in ministry, the difficulties are often compounded by our children’s resentment against the church. While every child, family, and church is different, the advice presented in this article offers a starting place for helping our children deal with resentment.

Finally, for those in the midst of struggles with your own clergy children, remember two things: First, God cares very much for you and your child. He has not forgotten you. He pays special attention to parental prayers. Second, extra grace is often required to balance out the extra pressure that clergy children experience.


The September 2018 Meeting of the College of Bishops


The Anglican Church in North America College of Bishops met September 4-6, 2018 in Long Beach, California.

The meeting, which followed a daily schedule of morning Eucharist, small group discussions, Midday Prayer, and business sessions, was held at All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Long Beach, California and was hosted by Bishop Keith Andrews and the Diocese of Western Anglicans.

The College worked on the Prayer Book and Catechism, both of which will come to fruition in 2019, did continuing work on the issues of overlapping jurisdictions and holy orders, and discussed the potential for a new season of global ministry as Archbishop Beach chairs the Gafcon Primates Council.

Prayer Book
The College of Bishops spent time approving the following Daily Offices, Pastoral Rites, and Holy Day Services:

Midday Prayer
Family Prayer
The Great Litany
Holy Baptism
Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation with the Laying on of Hands by the Bishop
Holy Baptism with Confirmation
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Holy Matrimony
Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child
The Rites of Healing
Ministry to the Dying
Prayers for a Vigil
Burial of the Dead
Ash Wednesday
Palm Sunday
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Great Vigil of Easter

The next and final resources to be taken up in the editing process are:

The Ordinal
Institution of a Rector
Consecration and Dedication of a Place of Worship
The Psalter

Church-wide feedback on these liturgies is due by November 1.  The January 2019 meeting of the College will then work to finalize these liturgies, paving the way for a new Prayer Book to be released at Assembly 2019 in June.

The Prayer Books of all the jurisdictions that founded the Province are authorized in the Canons for use by congregations and so use of the new Prayer Book will not be required.

The College of Bishops approved small changes to the Catechism, including the addition of Scripture verses which demonstrate the biblical grounding of the Catechism.  Bishop John Guernsey commended the Catechesis Task Force for their hard work: “What was an outstanding Catechism in its initial version in 2014 has been refined into a truly superb one. Our tremendous thanks to the Rev. Joel Scandrett and those on the Committee on Catechesis and its Scripture team for their great work.” 

Overlapping Jurisdictions
The existence of overlapping diocesan boundaries adds a layer of both diversity and complexity to the life of the province.  The bishops of geographic dioceses and affinity dioceses (churches bound together by similar churchmanship or ethnic background) discussed ways to model cooperation and communication in ministry. 

Holy Orders
Another topic that will continue to be a part of the discussions of the College of Bishops in the years to come will be discussions of the various aspects of the the Holy Orders Task Force Report received by the College last Fall. Much of the attention given to the Holy Orders Task Force Report has been on the different understandings within the province of women in Holy Orders (and these discussions will continue), but there was material in the report regarding all aspects of Holy Orders and the College desires to review this in an orderly way. 

Gafcon and the Anglican Church in North America
The bishops gave thanks for the global fellowship that they experienced in June with fellow Anglicans at Gafcon Jerusalem.  During the June meeting it was announced that Archbishop Beach was elected to chair the Primates Council beginning in April 2019.  The bishops discussed the opportunity for the Anglican Church in North America to serve the global church over the next five years, and considered ways to support Archbishop Beach in this calling.



Hurricane Florence Update


Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and Virginia hard late last week and into the weekend causing several deaths, massive power outages, fallen trees, destroyed homes, and severe flooding.

As the storm moves northward, flood-threatening rain will hit the northeast and New England while rivers in the Carolinas continue to rise. The extent of the damage and relief need is still being assessed and yet the basic information we know already shows the need is great!

The Diocese of the Carolinas will be working with churches in the area to spearhead the relief efforts. We encourage you to take the first step to help our brothers, sisters, and neighbors by donating to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund’s Hurricane Florence Relief Fund here.

Hurricane Florence Update

Preparation for Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts


Relief efforts are already being organized for the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Here’s how you can help!

As we write this, Hurricane Florence is a category 3 hurricane headed for the coastline of the Carolinas. We anticipate that many communities will experience major flooding, power loss, and damage. We are praying for limited loss of life and that the hurricane will rapidly weaken, contrary to all reports.

You and/or your church may want to help those in our Anglican family who are facing the potential for significant loss due to Florence. You can help by giving directly to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund who will distribute it to dioceses affected by the storm. They, in turn, will prioritize the needs of their communities and distribute donations to those who need it the most. All of this can happen quickly with your help!

You can donate to ARDF by mailing a check (labeled Hurricane Florence) to:

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund
P.O. Box 645354
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354

Or donate online here:

Information, as it becomes available, can be found here and on the ARDF blog.
Do not hesitate to reach out directly to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 724-251-6045) if you have questions.

To learn more, click here.

Priest Associate for Young Families, Young Adults and Youth, Midland

2019 MOD LIT Liturgical Calendar Available for Pre-Order!


The 2019 Liturgical Calendar by Modern Liturgic is now available for pre-order!  The liturgical wall calendar is a part of the liturgical year collection by Modern Liturgic.

This collection is intended to highlight the re-ordering of time around the story of God’s mission to the world in Jesus Christ. It highlights various aspects of the Christian liturgical tradition – seasons, colors, feast days, and more. It runs from Advent to Trinitytide, December 2018 through November 2019. All of the feast days, seasons, and other dates, etc. are aligned with the ACNA Texts for Common Prayer.

The collection is comprised of:
• A 11x17 full-year liturgical wall calendar (starting in Advent!) that highlights and explains the various seasons, feast days, and commemorations that exist each month throughout the year. Pre-order now and item will be shipped by November 1st, 2018.

• An 11×17 “evergreen” liturgical year circle print that showcases the liturgical seasons and features the higher feasts in the Anglican tradition.

• An all-new 8.5x11 2019 Weekly Planner, that brings together some of the keys aspects of the prayerbook and the liturgical year to help you in your weekly and daily rhythms. It contains the weekly Collect, Feast Days and Commemorations, and Daily Office readings for each individual day, along with space to keep your daily/weekly schedule. Weekly Planner is still in development and will be available by November 1st, 2018.

To learn more and purchase/pre-order now, visit the Modern Liturgic website.

Caminemos Juntos 2018: Restored in Christ with Joy for the Mission


The ninth edition of the Caminemos Juntos North America conference was held from August 2 to 4 in Houston, Texas.

Seventy latino leaders met every day at the Missio Dei Church to praise God, grow as a community, and build relationships as Anglican latino churches and leaders in the United States, Canada and Mexico under the theme: “Restored in Christ with Joy for the mission.” This has been a particularly difficult year for the immigrant community in the US and part of the intention of the conference was to provide a healing space in which to be restored and renewed.

Adults together with the youth (who had a seperate track) came together to grow and live into the reality of together being the body of Christ. Leaders came from cities such as Kansas City, Dallas, New Braunfels (Texas), San Antonio, Missouri, Santa Rosa (California), El Paso, Chicago and Forth Worth, and of course Houston, to this event which also included guests from Brazil, and Chile.

Mark Ball, rector of Missio Dei the host church, his wife Jessalyn, the pastoral team of that congregation, and the coordinators of the event, Mimi Guiracocha, Eddy Dávila, Víctor Manieri and María Catalán, along with their planning team, made an effort so that this event could be developed day by day, from the activities on the stage, to the meals and / or cleanliness of the place, and their assistants could enjoy the blessings of it. It is the ninth year for this movement which is led by a team of directors which include Archbishop Tito Zavala, Archbishop Miguel Uchoa, Canon William Beasley and Rev. Jonathan Kindberg.

Familia is a key value within latino cultures and for Caminemos Juntos. Plenaries, Bible studies, times of worship, workshops, meals and prayer times, all are aimed at making of Caminemos Juntos a family gathering, where each attendee can experience what it means to be part of a Church that transcends borders, languages, cultures and styles, and is united in Jesus.

Workshops took place under topics such as “Equipped to Heal”, “Bible Telling”, “Disciple-Making Movements”, and “Community Restoration.” Attendees were also encouraged by hearing a report on the growing revival within the Anglican Church in Brazil given by Archbishop Miguel. Keynote speakers included Paco Amador and Chris Ophus, leaders from Chicagoland who are students and practitioners of DMM (disciple-making movements) in the Latino context.

The bishop of the Western Gulf Coast Diocese, Clark Lowenfield, in the closing Eucharist gave an inspiring message to each of the attendees on the need for holiness as a pre-requisite for corporate revival.

The closing of this ninth edition of the conference ended with joy, happiness and energy to continue day by day in the mission that God has given us, this was clearly reflected through the young people, who at the end of the activities went to serve at the Houston Food Bank to help those who need it most.

The recharged and inspired hearts are now getting ready for the next Caminemos Juntos North America, which will be held in 2019 and in which a decade of ministry and familia will be celebrated.

Susana Naso, from Santiago, Chile, is a journalist in background and currently a Caminemos Juntos missionary serving in Chicago.

To view the original post, visit the Caminemos Juntos website here.

2018 National Conference of the Vergers Guild, September 28-30


The 2018 National Conference of the Vergers Guild of the Anglican Church in North America will be held September 28-30 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Spring, Texas.

Registration for the event is now open!

The purpose of the Anglican Church in North America Vergers Guild is “to connect individual vergers and congregations that use vergers for resource sharing, training, and mutual encouragement. The Guild of Vergers also exists to promote the ministry of vergers throughout the Province and to assist congregations in establishing their own verger ministries.” The Annual Conference is one way to accomplish these purposes as it provides sessions on the history and role of the verger ministry as well as opportunities for fellowship. If you are interested in attending this year’s conference, please register ASAP so a firm and accurate number of attendees can be determined.

To register, click here.

To learn more about the Vergers Guild, visit their website here.

Director of Creative Arts, Cincinnati, OH

Director of Children’s Ministry, Richmond, VA

Music Minister, Conway, SC

Youth Ministers’ Gathering with Archbishop Beach, Oct. 3-6


Young Anglicans invites all Anglican Church in North America youth ministers to join them for a special gathering with Archbishop Foley Beach October 3-6, 2018.

The Gathering will be held in Nashville, TN and will include attendance at the Rooted conference.

This is an opportunity to meet with youth workers from all over North America, specifically within the Anglican Church. The Gathering will start with two days of fellowship, worship, and the sharing of resources and ideas and will conclude by attending the Rooted youth ministry conference together.

Here are the basics:

When: October 3-6

Where: Just outside of Nashville, TN

Cost: $150 (Includes registration to the Youth Ministers Gathering and the Rooted Conference. You DO NOT need to register for Rooted. Please contact Young Anglicans at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if cost is prohibiting you from attending, as there are a limited number of scholarships available.)

Hotel Information: Call 1.800.331.3131 and reference Rooted Ministries for a discounted rate of $109/night at the Residence Inn Brentwood.

Schedule Overview:

Wednesday, October 3

    9:00 AM     YM Gathering Begins - Church of the Redeemer

Thursday, October 4

  12:00 PM     YM Gathering Concludes

    4:00 PM     Rooted Conference Begins - Christ Presbyterian Church

Saturday, October 6

    12:30 PM     Rooted Concludes

Visit the Young Anglicans website to register.

Part-Time Rector, Lake Villa, Illinois

2019 Liturgical Calendars Available for Order


The Ashby 2019 Anglican Church in North America Liturgical Calendars are now available for order.

The Anglican Church Calendar places all of the Sundays, Holy Days, and Commemorations of the Christian Year where they actually fall in the course of the coming year. Based on the calendar of the Christian Year adopted by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America for the Book of Common Prayer (2019), this edition shows the seasons and Sundays month by month, indicates all “red letter” Holy Days, and illustrates the optional commemorations (both Anglican and Ecumenical). Traditional colors associated with the seasons and the observances are shown, including two colors where the commemoration might take a color different from that of the season.

On the back of the calendar sheet for each month are the Sunday and Holy Day lessons appropriate for this year from the three-year lectionary cycle. The Sunday, Holy Day, and Commemoration lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer (2019) is based on the Common Lectionary (not the revised Common Lectionary) where Old Testament readings relate typologically to Gospel readings. Psalm versification is that of the Renewed Coverdale Psalter, not always the same versification as in contemporary translations of the Holy Bible.

The full text of “The Calendar of the Christian Year – An Introduction” is printed following all of the monthly calendar pages.

Costs vary according to quantity. Orders will begin shipping on August 6, 2018.

To order, click here.

All order inquires should be directed to The Ashby Company at 1-800-413-2220. 

Anglican Frontier Missions Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry


Twenty-five years ago, The Rev. Tad de Bordenave took a career leap of faith from rector of St. Matthew’s to founder of Anglican Frontier Missions - on a ping pong table in his basement no less!

AFM is committed to going where the need is greatest, planting indigenous churches among the largest and least-evangelized people groups in the world. Although 67 generations have come and gone since Jesus’ resurrection, over 2 billion people are still unreached with the good news of His love for them. This unseen 1/4th of the world’s population has little or no geographic or cultural access to the Gospel. AFM mobilizes churches and sends short and long-term missionaries to do pioneer, frontier missions to areas where a viable and visible church still does not exist.

On September 15, 2018, AFM will gather in Richmond, Virginia to celebrate the past 25 years of AFM’s ministry sharing the love of God with the largest and least-reached people groups of the world and you’re invited to join. There will be a Thanksgiving service and reception.

Additionally, in remembrance of all the Lord’s work through AFM over the last 25 years, its founder along with other key members of the organization have released a Silver Anniversary book entitled Shadows from Light Unapproachable. The book “describe[s] the way this missionary society has served God’s vision.”

To review and purchase the book, visit

For more information and to register for the anniversary celebration, please visit

Associate/Youth Pastor, Jacksonville, FL

Associate Rector, Long Beach, CA

Church Planter

AMEN Sponsors the Call and Response Conference


The Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network invites you to attend the Call and Response Conference in Rochester, New York, October 4-6, 2018.

The Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (AMEN) is a group of individuals, organizations, and churches within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) “dedicated to encouraging the church to better embody the universal saving power of the gospel through planting multi-ethnic churches and increasing the presence of people of color in existing churches.”

The Call and Response Conference “will call together church folks, marketplace and nonprofit leaders, pastors, practitioners, artists, and activists from across generations to respond faithfully to the challenges and opportunities of the present moment in America. We seek to offer a prophetic witness to the church and the nation while remaining biblically-grounded in a holistic gospel that has the power to transform lives and communities.”

AMEN is one of several sponsors for this event. Other sponsors include Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Intervarsity Press, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Wesleyan Church. While not all of the views and ideas expressed at this conference are necessarily those of the Anglican Church in North America or the Anglican Multiethnic Network, the Anglican Church in North America supports and encourages discussion regarding multiethnic and multicultural issues and challenges in the church.

To contribute to AMEN’s ability to sponsor this event, donate here.

To learn more from AMEN about the event, click here.

To learn more directly from the conference and to register, click here.

Rector, Basking Ridge, NJ

Seek and You Will Find


GAFCON 2018 - where members of global Anglican family seek and find each other

A reflection by delegate Anne Ni of the Diocese of Cascadia on the Gafcon Jerusalem conference.

It was like finding a needle in a hay stack. How could I locate a bishop from across the globe whom I have never met from among the 1,950 GAFCON 2018 attendees? I empathized with how Abraham’s servant must have felt when he was tasked by his master Abraham to find a bride for Isaac in Genesis 24. Only through divine appointment will we be able to find someone among a sea of people to fulfil the purpose of God’s Kingdom. Like the servant of Abraham sent to find the bride for Isaac so that God’s purpose of building His chosen nation could be fulfilled, I was tasked to find the bishop from Diocese of Nyahururu, Kenya, who I do not know or have never met in my life to connect him with the bishop from my home diocese of Cascadia at GAFCON 2018 so that they could discuss in person about the new Kenyan church plant in our diocese for the Kingdom of God. 

I am a fourth generation Anglican originally from Myanmar, formerly knowns as Burma and have been living in the United States for over twenty five years.  I grew up going to Sunday school and got confirmed the same time with current Primate of Myanmar Province, His Grace Stephen Than Myint Oo and Secretary of Yangon Diocese Mother’s Union, Rachel Htwe. It was a great joy to see both of them among the Myanmar delegation at GAFCON 2018. Rachel has lost her husband Rev. Philip Aung Thwin Oo a few days before leaving for GAFCON, and I was so looking forward to console her in person. 

A few weeks before I left for GAFCON, Fr. Elias Mburu who is originally from Kenya planted a new Kenyan congregation in our diocese of Cascadia in the Pacific Northwest. Being on the Church Plant team of the Diocese, I have the privilege of working with Fr. Elias to help establish his new plant. His Kenyan congregation of All Saints Anglican Church in Federal Way, WA, will be officially received into the Diocese of Cascadia at our Diocesan Synod in October. When he found out I was going to GAFCON, he asked me to find Bishop Stephen Kabora from his home diocese of Nyahururu, Kenya who is his spiritual father, and to connect him with Bishop Kevin Allen from our diocese. Fr. Elias didn’t give me any information about this bishop except the name and the diocese. How do I find the bishop from Kenya who I don’t know or have never met in my life among this crowd with no contact information? Should I go to GAFCON communication and ask to make the announcement?

First day at GAFCON was a bit challenging to find seat in the huge auditorium. Everyone had a divinely assigned seat and had to sit among those from other provinces. A couple dozen or so attendees from my home diocese were all seated at different places. I found my seat at the back of the auditorium among those from UK, Nigeria, Uganda and Australia with no one from my diocese. My roommate Amy Rowe from Diocese of Mid Atlantic was seated next to me, so I was not the only one from ACNA in that seating neighborhood. Little did I know that God’s hand was upon those who assigned these seats? The whole auditorium was filled with a mixture of black, white, yellow and brown faces who worship the same True Living God – The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was a glimpse of Revelation 7:9.

After the first break between sessions on day one, I started looking for this bishop from Kenya. Even though it was a blessing meeting those from Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan and many other African nations, I felt unsuccessful as I couldn’t find anyone from Kenya. On day two, I located my childhood friend Rachel from Myanmar near the front rows, so I went over to her before sessions began. When I shared with her about my frustration of not being able to find the bishop from Kenya, she told me to check with the bishop sitting next to her who is also from Kenya. Did I not say these seats were divinely assigned? Bishop Stephen Kabora from Diocese of Nyahururu, Kenya was seated right next to my childhood friend Rachel from Diocese of Yangon, Myanmar. I praise the Lord for these seating assignments as the task assigned to me was accomplished through that. Bishop Stephen Kabora from Kenya was finally able to meet Bishop Kevin Allen from ACNA Diocese of Cascadia.

God has used a transplant from Myanmar Anglican Church representing ACNA to connect the two bishops from across the globe to advance His Kingdom through church planting. Seek and you will find. GAFCON 2018 was a place where members of global Anglian family seek and find each other to fulfil the purpose for His Kingdom.

Director of Children’s Ministry, Charleston, SC

Rector, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Gafcon Chairman’s July 2018 Letter


To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

“I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the LORD - in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 116:18,19

My dear people of God,

Like the psalmist of old, we came to Jerusalem in the presence of God’s people with great thanksgiving. Since our first gathering in 2008 we have seen the Almighty God powerfully at work. By his grace, we have provided a home for the spiritually homeless and hope for orthodox Anglicans around the world who longed to see the reform and renewal of our beloved Communion.

We expressed our thanksgiving not only in joyful worship, but also by committing to a shared vision and shared action. The psalmist said ‘I will fulfil my vows to the LORD’ and that is our determination too. Building on the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008 and the Nairobi Communiqué and Commitment of 2013, we focussed our vision in a Letter to the Churches.

In this ‘Jerusalem Letter’ we affirmed that ‘we dedicate ourselves afresh to proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations, working together to guard the gospel entrusted to us by our Lord and his apostles’. We also set out how this commitment will be demonstrated. We are reforming by creating new global structures where necessary, such as the Synodical Council, and by commending biblically principled engagement with the old structures. We are also renewing by reaching out to the world with the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed, and to facilitate this we have formed nine global networks.

In making these commitments, Gafcon claims no global jurisdiction. That is not the Anglican way. We are a family of independent Provinces, but we are not independent of the Lordship of Christ and we came together to seek the mind of Christ as we heard the Scriptures taught, as we prayed and as we worshipped. So although the commitments of the Jerusalem Letter do not have juridical force, they do have moral and spiritual authority. We have vowed to proclaim Christ faithfully. That is why we came to Jerusalem and ‘in the presence of all his people’ we have renewed our resolve to act together. 

So I want to urge you to see the ‘Jerusalem Letter’ as a joyful yet solemn covenant commitment for the renewal and the reordering of the Anglican Communion. Our critics accuse of us of being schismatic and seeking to leave the Communion. Nothing could be further from the truth. The question is not staying or leaving, but will the leadership of the Anglican Communion be self-serving or gospel-serving? The spread of the gospel requires the authenticity of the gospel. We cannot separate mission from faithfulness. As I noted in my Chairman’s address to the conference, when I ask people around the world to tell me what the gospel is, I do not find different gospels, but the same gospel meeting different challenges in different contexts.

It has been said that at our Jerusalem Conference, Gafcon has come of age. I believe that is true. This was the largest Anglican gathering for over fifty years, we represent the clear majority of active Anglicans globally, we are putting in place the structures that will enable faithful gospel proclamation throughout the world and we are adding new Provinces to the Communion. We are not leaving and we will not cease until the Anglican Communion has become fit for the great purpose of proclaiming God’s gospel. We will fulfil our vow and covenant.

The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council

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Anglican Track at the Getty Music Worship Conference - Sing!


An Anglican track has been added to the Getty Music Worship Conference. Join Archbishop Foley Beach and Archbishop Robert Duncan at a conference for worship leaders and pastors in Nashville, Tennessee Sept. 10 – 12.

There will also be a special message brought to the conference by video from Dr. J.I.Packer.

Modern hymn-writers, Keith & Kristyn Getty (known for such hymns as “In Christ Alone,” “Speak O Lord,” & “My Worth Is Not In What I Own”) have developed a three day conference event focused on theology, artistry, and congregational worship.

Featuring theologians and speakers such as Alistair Begg, David Platt, John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Tripp, Ravi Zacharias, Ligon Duncan and many others, the Getty Music Worship Conference - Sing! is designed to help pastors and church leaders develop a Biblical understanding and creative vision for their liturgical worship.

This event will include 7 plenary sessions, over 50 breakout sessions, and a Choral Matins service led by Archbishop Foley Beach and introduced by Dr. J.I. Packer. Archbishop Duncan will teach on the Psalms and Anglican Worship.

Topics include:

  • The Glory and Majesty of God in the Psalms
  • Creativity, The Psalms & The Human Mind
  • Serving Small Congregations
  • Glory & Humanity: from Celebration to Lament
  • The Psalms & Eternity
  • The Psalms & The Glory of God in the Nations
  • The Art of Songwriting for the Church
  • The Psalms & The 21st Century Church
  • And many more…

Visit to learn more and use code “ACNA” at registration to apply a special 20% discount for Anglican leaders on remaining tickets.

Associate Rector, Southampton, PA

Provincial Council Jerusalem Reports Growth of Church


The Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America had the unique opportunity to meet in Jerusalem this year.

Recognizing that all of the Provincial Council delegates were also Gafcon delegates, the decision was made to hold a one-day meeting immediately following the Gafcon conference. 

Hosted at the Jerusalem YMCA, Council delegates received reports from around the church, passed the budget and new canon changes, and elected members to the Executive Committee. Archbishop Foley Beach shared stories of the spiritual reality and numeric of the Church. 

He reminded the Council of our mission, “We are about reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. North America has millions of people who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus. Who is going to share the Good News with them? It falls to us to reach our generation with the most important news and the best news anyone could ever receive.”image

On the numeric side, in 2017 the church increased from 951 to 1,037 congregations. Membership increased by 24,920. The Average Principal Service Attendance increased by 16,878.

Canon Changes

The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, chair of the Governance Task Force, presented the timeline and procedures for feedback on canon changes which had been initiated last January.  A number of proposed canon changes did not make it to the Provincial Council, but rather, due to received feedback, were postponed or referred to the College of Bishops for further consideration.  The new canon changes that were passed provide guidance for situations in which an archbishop or bishop has become incapacitated and situations in which the relationship between a bishop and diocese has broken down.

Executive Committee Elections

Every year the staggered terms of the Executive Committee members results in the election of four members (2 clergy and 2 lay).  The clergy elected this year were the Rev. Filmore Strunk of All Saints Anglican Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Rev. Jonathan Millard from the Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The lay delegates elected were Mr. Jeff Walton of Restoration Anglican in Arlington, Virginia and Mr. Gus Haddad of St. Clement’s in El Paso, Texas.  These will be the second consecutive terms for Strunk and Haddad.

Learn More

The Provincial Council documents are available for download from the Document Center in Dropbox at the following link:

Largest International Gathering of Anglicans in 50 Years Celebrates 10 Years of Growth


The Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 Conference represented the majority of the world’s Anglicans with 1,950 delegates from 50 countries. Its impact was amplified as over 730,000 people from 64 different countries engaged with the conference online.

The Jerusalem 2018 Conference ended with a passionate call to go to the ends of the earth to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.  ​Representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans, 1,950 delegates from 50 countries, equally represented by clergy and laity, gathered in the Holy Land for worship, prayer, Bible study, teaching, and fellowship.  The conference’s impact was amplified as over 730,000 people from 64 different countries engaged with the conference online.

Growing Roots Wide
Nine new ministry networks launched this week and began spreading wide roots by building teams dedicated to the work of:

Theological Education (The Rev. Dr. Andrew Shead, Australia)
Church Planting (Canon Alan Hawkins, United States)
Global Mission Partnerships (Canon William Beasley, United States)
Youth and Children’s Ministry (The Rev. Craig Roberts, Australia)
Mothers Union and Women Senior Leaders (Mrs. Gloria Kwashi, Nigeria)
Sustainable Development (The Rev. Dr. Dennis Tongoi, Kenya)
Bishops’ Training Institute (Bishop Samson Mwaluda, Kenya)
Lawyers Task Force (Canon Phil Ashey, United States)
Intercessors Fellowship (Canon Catherine Shimanya, Uganda)
Led by individuals with an already-established passion in the particular mission area, each network is identifying projects and developing collaborative tools to help reach the nations for Christ. 

Sending Roots Deep
The inaugural meeting of the Synodical Council deepened the roots of the movement providing further stability.  Based upon a model of conciliar government, The Primates Council and the Panel of Advisors came together to form Gafcon’s first Synodical Council.  The conference​ gladly endorsed their recommendation that Gafcon members decline all future invitations to attend meetings of the Instruments of Communion, unless
representatives of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America, the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil and subsequent Gafcon-established Provinces are invited as full members and,
representatives of Provinces, who have endorsed by word or deed sexual practices which are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution I.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, are only invited if they have repented of their actions.

Gafcon has insisted from the beginning that: “We are not leaving the Anglican Communion; we are the majority of the Anglican Communion seeking to remain faithful to our Anglican heritage.” As Archbishop Nicholas Okoh stated: “We are merely doing what the Communion leadership should have done to uphold its own resolution in 1998.” 

Leadership Transitions and Growth
The conference gave thanks for the extraordinary leadership of Archbishop Nicholas Okoh (Nigeria), Gafcon Primates Council Chairman, and Archbishop Peter Jensen (Australia), Gafcon General Secretary. At the close of the conference, the beginning of a leadership transition was announced as both will be retiring in 2019.  Archbishop Okoh will be succeeded by Archbishop Foley Beach (North America) in April of 2019, and Archbishop Peter Jensen will be succeeded by Archbishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria) in January of 2019. The four leaders will serve together during the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

During the conference, the Primates Council grew to include Archbishop Miguel Uchoa (Brazil) and Archbishop Stephen Than (Myanmar). Near the end of the conference, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit (Kenya) expressed his desire to join the Primates Council and will be welcomed at the next meeting.



Gafcon 2018, one of the largest global Anglican gatherings, brought together 1,950 representatives from 50 countries, including 316 bishops, 669 other clergy and 965 laity. A unanimity of spirit was reflected throughout the Conference as we met with God in the presence of friends from afar. We celebrated joyful worship, engaged in small group prayer and were inspired by presentations, networks and seminars.

Greetings from the land of the birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. The third Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) was held in Jerusalem in June 2018, a decade after the inaugural Gafcon in 2008. Gafcon 2018, one of the largest global Anglican gatherings, brought together 1,950 representatives from 50 countries, including 316 bishops, 669 other clergy and 965 laity. A unanimity of spirit was reflected throughout the Conference as we met with God in the presence of friends from afar. We celebrated joyful worship, engaged in small group prayer and were inspired by presentations, networks and seminars.

We met together around the theme of “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations”.  Each day began with common prayer and Bible exposition from Luke 22-24, followed by plenary sessions on God’s Gospel, God’s Church and God’s World.

We renewed our commitment to proclaim the gospel of the triune God in our churches and in all the world. Our Chairman reminded us in his opening address: “God’s gospel is the life-transforming message of salvation from sin and all its consequences through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is both a declaration and a summons: announcing what has been done for us in Christ and calling us to repentance, faith and submission to his Lordship.” It involves the restoration and reaffirmation of God’s original creative purposes. It is addressed to men, women and children and it is our only hope in the light of the final judgment and the reality of hell.

This is God’s gospel, the gospel concerning his Son (Romans 1:1–3). The centre of the gospel message is this one person, Jesus Christ, and all that he has done through his perfect life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection and glorious ascension. In our daily expositions, we followed Jesus’ path from the judgments by Pilate and the Jewish leaders, to his death for us on the cross,  to his breaking the bonds of death on Easter morning and to his commission to the disciples to proclaim “repentance for the forgiveness of sins in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47). The uniqueness of Jesus Christ lies at the heart of the gospel: “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The gospel confronts us in the midst of our confusion and sin but it does not leave us there. It includes a summons to repentance and a call to believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15), which results in a grace-filled life.  The ascended Christ gave his Spirit to empower his disciples to take this gospel to the world.

Yet faithful proclamation of this gospel is under attack from without and within, as it has been from apostolic times (Acts 20:28-30).

External attacks include superstitious practices of sacrifices and libations that deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice. Some religions deny the unique person and work of Christ on the cross, and others are innately syncretistic. Secularism seeks to exclude God from all public discourse and to dismantle the Christian heritage of many nations. This has been most obvious in the redefinition of what it means to be human, especially in the areas of gender, sexuality and marriage. The devaluing of the human person through the advocacy of abortion and euthanasia is also an assault upon human life uniquely created in the image of God. Militant forms of religion and secularism are hostile to the preaching of Christ and persecute his people.

Internally, the “prosperity gospel” and theological revisionism both seek in different ways to recast God’s gospel to accommodate the surrounding culture, resulting in a seductive syncretism that denies the uniqueness of Christ, the seriousness of sin, the need for repentance and the final authority of the Bible.

Tragically, there has been a failure of leadership in our churches to address these threats to the gospel of God. We repent of our failure to take seriously the words of the apostle Paul: “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number, men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:28-30).

We dedicate ourselves afresh to proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations, working together to guard the gospel entrusted to us by our Lord and his apostles.

The gospel of God creates the church of God. Through the invitation of the gospel, God calls all people into fellowship with his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. As the word of the gospel goes forth in the power of the Holy Spirit, they respond through the work of the Holy Spirit to repent, believe and be baptised, and are thereby joined to Christ’s body which is his church (Acts 2:37-44; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13). As members of Christ’s body, they are sanctified in him, called to live lives of holiness and to be salt and light in the world.

One Conference speaker reminded us: “In the councils of the church, we should not mimic the ways of the world but gather to pray, to praise (i.e., to be eucharistic), to consult, to decide, and if necessary to discipline. These gatherings should be properly conciliar in nature, decisive in moving the church forward in its mission and common life. There should be the will to exercise loving but firm discipline to bring sinners to repentance and restoration.” Likewise at the Communion level, there are times when the leadership must come together to exercise its responsibility to discipline an erring member province.

For some time, our Communion has been under threat from leaders who deny the Lordship of Christ and the authority of Scripture. In the late 20th century, human sexuality became the presenting issue.

The 1998 Lambeth Conference by a huge majority (526 to 70) approved Resolution I.10 on Human Sexuality, which affirmed the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 19 that there are only two expressions of faithful sexuality: lifelong marriage between a man and a woman or abstinence. The resolution rightly called for pastoral care for same sex attracted persons. At the same time, it described homosexual practice as “incompatible with Scripture” and rejected both the authorisation of same sex rites by the Church and the ordination of those in same sex unions.

Lambeth Resolution I.10 reflected the rising influence of the Global South in the Communion. The ground for the Resolution had been prepared by the 1997 Kuala Lumpur Statement of the Global South Anglican Network. Our collaboration with the Global South Network has been ongoing, and its leaders took an active part in this Conference.

The subsequent rejection of Lambeth I.10 in word and deed by the Episcopal Church USA and later by some other Anglican provinces led to a “tear [in] the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level”, followed by ten years of futile meetings in which the four Instruments of Communion failed to exercise the necessary discipline. The Primates’ Meeting repeatedly called upon these provinces to repent and return to the faith.  Yet their efforts were undermined by other Instruments of Communion, culminating in the failure of the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury to carry out the clear consensus of the Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam in 2007.

In the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration, the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference took up the challenge of restoring biblical authority (and the teaching on human sexuality in particular) by affirming the primacy of the Bible as God’s Word written and going back to the other sources of Anglican identity – the Creeds and Councils of the ancient church, the 39 Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal. The Conference also constituted a Primates Council and authorised it to recognise Anglican churches in areas where orthodox Anglicans had been deprived of their church property and deposed from holy orders.

During the past twenty years, the Instruments of Communion have not only failed to uphold godly discipline but their representatives have refused to recognise our concerns and have chosen instead to demean Gafcon as a one-issue pressure group and accuse it of promoting schism, where in fact the schismatics are those who have departed from the teaching of the Bible and the historic doctrine of the Church. Slogans such as “walking together” and “good disagreement” are dangerously deceptive in seeking to persuade people to accommodate false teaching in the Communion.

We grieve for the situation of our global Communion as it has been hindered from fulfilling its God-appointed task of reaching the world for Christ. We repent of our own failures to stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). But we do not lose hope for the future, and note that there is strong support for the reform of our Communion.  Prior to Gafcon 2018, delegates overwhelmingly affirmed the following propositions:

•  Lambeth Resolution I.10 reflects the unchangeable teaching of the Bible;
•  the Gafcon movement should continue to be faithful to the Jerusalem Declaration;
•  the Primates Council should continue to recognise confessing Anglican jurisdictions.
Over the past twenty years, we have seen the hand of God leading us toward a reordering of the Anglican Communion. Gafcon has claimed from the beginning: “We are not leaving the Anglican Communion; we are the majority of the Anglican Communion seeking to remain faithful to our Anglican heritage.” As Archbishop Nicholas Okoh stated in the inaugural Synodical Council: “We are merely doing what the Communion leadership should have done to uphold its own resolution in 1998.”

We give thanks for the godly courage of our Gafcon Primates in contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.  We applaud their decision to authenticate and recognise the provinces of the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Church in Brazil, to recognise the Anglican Mission in England and to consecrate a Missionary Bishop for Europe. This has become necessary because of the departure from the faith by The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Episcopal Church of Brazil and the Scottish Episcopal Church.  At Gafcon 2018, we heard many testimonies of faithful Anglicans who have been persecuted by those holding office in their respective provinces, merely because they would not surrender to, nor be compromised by, the false gospel that these leaders profess and promote. We also recognise the Gafcon Primates’ willingness to assist faithful Anglicans in New Zealand where the Anglican Church has recently agreed to allow bishops to authorise the blessing of same sex unions.

As the Gafcon movement matures, it has also seen the need for a more conciliar structure of governance.  We endorse the formation of Gafcon Branches where necessary and of a Panel of Advisors, comprising bishops, clergy and lay representatives from each Gafcon Province and Branch, to provide counsel and advice to the Primates Council. Together with the Primates, the Panel of Advisors form a Synodical Council to bring recommendations to the Gafcon Assembly. The Synodical Council met for the first time at this Conference.

In light of the recommendations of the Synodical Council, we respectfully urge the Archbishop of Canterbury

to invite as full members to Lambeth 2020 bishops of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America and the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil and
not to invite bishops of those Provinces which have endorsed by word or deed sexual practices which are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution I.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, unless they have repented of their actions and reversed their decisions.

In the event that this does not occur, we urge Gafcon members to decline the invitation to attend Lambeth 2020 and all other meetings of the Instruments of Communion.

Our conference theme has been “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations.” We have received the gospel through the faithful witness of previous generations. Yet there are still billions of people who are without Christ and without hope. Jesus taught his disciples: “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matthew 24:14).

We repent for the times and seasons when we have only preached to ourselves and not embraced the difficult task of reaching beyond our own cultural groups in obedience to God’s call to be a light to the nations (cf. Acts 13:47).  In faith and obedience, we joyfully recommit ourselves to the faithful proclamation of the gospel.

In order to expand our ability to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations in both word and deed, we launched nine strategic networks.

Theological Education: To promote effective theological training throughout the Anglican Communion

Church Planting: To expand church planting as a global strategy for evangelisation

Global Mission Partnerships: To promote strategic cross-cultural mission partnerships in a globalized world

Youth and Children’s Ministry: To be a catalyst for mission to young people and children of all nations so that they may become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ

Mothers’ Union: To expand the potential of this global ministry to promote biblical patterns of marriage and family life

Sustainable Development: To establish global partnerships which work with the local church to bring sustainable and transformative development

Bishops Training Institute: To serve the formation of faithful and effective episcopal leadership throughout the Communion

Lawyers Task Force: To address issues of religious freedom and matters of concern to Anglican lawyers and Chancellors and to further the aims of the Jerusalem Declaration

Intercessors Fellowship: To inspire and develop globally connected regional and national intercessory prayer networks

In the world into which we go to proclaim the gospel, we shall encounter much which will need us to walk in paths of righteousness and mercy (Hosea 2:19; Micah 6:8). We commit to encouraging each other to give strength to the persecuted, a voice to the voiceless, advocacy for the oppressed, protection of the vulnerable, especially women and children, generosity to the poor, and continuing the task of providing excellent education and health care. As appropriate, we encourage the formation of other networks to assist in addressing these issues.

To proclaim the gospel, we must first defend the gospel against threats from without and within.  We testify to the extraordinary blessings on this Conference, which leads us to call upon God even more, that the Anglican Communion may become a mighty instrument in the hand of God for the salvation of the world. We invite all faithful Anglicans to join us in this great enterprise of proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Conversation with the Canon for Church Planting, Dan Alger

In church plants, 80% of growth happens through the unchurched. After a church reaches ten years old, eighty percent of their growth is through transfer from other churches. This has been proven again and again. If we want to reach the lost, we can’t hunker down in our own comfort.

Why should we plant churches?

The most significant reason for a diocese to plant and keep planting churches is that a church plant is the best way to reach the unchurched. Here are the statistics. In church plants, 80% of growth happens through the unchurched. After a church reaches ten years old, eighty percent of their growth is through transfer from other churches. This has been proven again and again. If we want to reach the lost, we can’t hunker down in our own comfort. We have to sacrifice and risk and put our resources on the line in order to plant and reach those who need it most.

What is the secret of what makes a great church planter?

The problem with much of the modern church planting movement is that it focuses on big personalities and charisma and not on a missional heart which… on making disciples.  The gift of the GAFCON movement is that we are focused on holiness. So often you see leaders who have risen to the heights of church structures and have started with pragmatism and pride rather than holiness and humility.  The fall from the heights of ego can be devastating. Holiness is our hallmark and that which grounds us in Christ.

The most important thing we need to remember is that church planting is all about relationship. A shepherd’s heart is always more important than being an entrepreneur. And when we plant our churches, because as Anglicans we are sacramental, we plant liturgical churches where the focus is on a heart of worship, honoring God instead of focusing on getting needs met as can be the case in other church planting movements. 

There are a lot of sexy church plants in the ACNA including a large, beautiful church in Austin, Texas full of unchurched hipsters complete with all the smells and bells. I love what they’re doing. But honestly? My favorite church planters are the unsung heroes who share Christ with one and one and one and disciple a whole church of 100 people.

What is the largest challenge people face while church planting in the US?

“The major challenge of church planting in the U.S. is that there’s a loss of community surrounding many of our locations. In the suburbs there’s no strong central geographical identity. People drive into the city. Neighbors don’t know each other. This means that people have a strong skepticism of those around them.  When this is the case, you may have the privilege of sharing Christ with one person but there’s no community that comes along with them. Remember how when the jailor was saved, he brought along with him a whole family? In disconnected communities, there is no larger group with which to grow the church.

The community used to be anchored by the church. The goal of today’s church should be to become the heart of community once again.

But truly our most substantial challenge for church planting in the ACNA is that we desperately need more church planters. There is no clear pipeline as yet. There are many locations that are asking for an Anglican church and we have no planter to send to them. 

In the Anglican movement, we can hide behind a focus on morality instead of mission. Our Gafcon motto is “Proclaiming Christ faithfully to the Nations” but we have to remember, the call is not just to be faithful, it is to proclaim Christ in mission. Yes, we as Gafcon need to clarify the gospel, but we are motivated and set free by the work of mission.

Article first found on Gafcon’s

Recap and Links from Day 1 at Gafcon Jerusalem

Since the conference in Nairobi five years ago there have been developments; internationally, provincially, episcopally, nationally and more informally. (Read more of Gafcon’s new ventures:)

GAFCON Primate the Most Revd Dr Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), has taught his Province the axiom, “Forward. Always forward. Everywhere forward!”

What pertains to a single GAFCON Province could also describe aptly the whole GAFCON movement.

For movement it is. Out of what GAFCON General Secretary Dr Peter Jensen described today as the two significant moments for GAFCON- the Lambeth and GAFCON conferences of 2008, has come a single movement of increasing momentum.

The three GAFCON conferences will doubtless be of lasting significance- the great enduring melody of GAFCON but there is a counterpoint to that in what happens in the years in between.

Day in, day out, the ministry of the GAFCON movement moves ahead apace.

Since the conference in Nairobi five years ago there have been developments; internationally, provincially, episcopally, nationally and more informally.

Internationally, initial steps have been taken to establish a Panel of Assistance to provide ongoing analysis for and support of the work of the Primates’ Council. What has been now started will become of growing significance in the five years to come. Four initial meetings of parts of the Panel having taken place in Chile, Australia, Kenya and England. The full Panel will meet for the first time in Jerusalem today.

Provincially, GAFCON has recognised The Anglican Church in Brazil as the 41st and newest Province of the Anglican Communion. Speaking of the launch of the new Province, The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Primate of All Nigeria and GAFCON Chairman said:

“We commend your courage to stand and be counted for Jesus at a time when many are in a state of self- inflicted confusion. We are loyal Anglicans, loyal to the faith once for all delivered to the Saints. We’re ready to march forward with those who embrace, or refuse to redefine, the apostolic faith.”

Episcopally, GAFCON Primates have consecrated +Andy Lines as GAFCON Missionary to Europe with particular responsibility at the present time for the needs of Scotland.

Nationally, new GAFCON branches are being formed such that Ireland has recently been added to the branches in the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia. These branches exist to teach the gospel and make disciples in their own countries but also are ready to offer fellowship to Anglicans who may be forced to leave their diocese or church over matters of orthodoxy. The Nairobi Communique and Commitment, “…recognized the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) as an expression of authentic Anglicanism both for those within and outside the Church of England”. AMiE continues to establish new Anglican churches in England.

Informally, and perhaps most valuably of all, relationships have been established between individuals and churches across the GAFCON world. Such relationships will grow naturally in both depth and extent but the process is to be given some further stimulus by the creation of nine new more formal GAFCON networks covering everything from youth ministry to legal matters. One network- the Bishop’s Training Institute has already met three times.

Forward, always forward, everywhere forward in the renewal of the Anglican Communion!

More details about some of these activities can be found in the links below:

A New Province - The Anglican Church in Brazil

A New Branch - Gafcon Ireland

Nine Networks Widen Gafcon’s Spread

New Daily Office Lectionary For Trial Use


The Daily Office Lectionary (DOL) has been substantially revised to assist in daily reading.

The provincial Liturgy Task Force, in consultation with the Bishops Review Panel and with consideration of the sizable feedback on past versions, is preparing the text for next year’s release of the Book of Common Prayer 2019.

Of all the assignments the Liturgy Task Force has undertaken, “The Daily Office Lectionary has been among the most challenging,” noted Archbishop Robert Duncan, chair of the Liturgy Task Force.  This latest version of the DOL is the third substantial revision. (And it may not be the last!) According to Duncan, the group “worked tirelessly” to consider and incorporate the extensive input they received.

The Daily Office 3.1, labelled the “St. Mary’s Day Revision” as it was released on August 15, now includes the Old Testament abbreviations from 19 August to 30 November. The Task Force again asks for “wide testing and regular use of this revision” through the end of November 2018.

Archbishop Duncan explained that the latest iteration of the Daily Office Lectionary takes into consideration “the realities of modern life”  and the demands on the user’s time.

The new Daily Office:

1. Uses Old Testament readings from different books of the Bible, so that the lessons of Morning and Evening Prayer do not depend on one another;

2. Can be employed for a one-year read-through or spread to a two-year cycle;

3. Offers ways to read the Psalter in one month, two months, or even more extended patterns;

4. Balances continuous reading of the Scriptures with provision for limited acknowledgement of the church year;

5. Indicates the way a lesson/chapter can be abbreviated when shortening an Old Testament reading is necessary or desirable; and

6. Includes readings from the Apocrypha (Article VI and BCP 1662), but offers a simple pattern of alternative readings.

The purpose of the Liturgy Task Force’s request for the “immediate and widespread use of this revision between now and November” is to gather feedback (as on all other working texts being finalized) that might impact the final version to be included in the Book of Common Prayer 2019. You can email your feedback to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Distributing this revision for use was deemed more important than having it perfected. Users will note the suggested abbreviations of the longer Old Testament chapters are available only for June through November. Be sure to keep an eye out for the final update later in the year that will include all Old Testament reading abbreviation suggestions.

To view the newly revised Daily Office Lectionary, click here. There is also now a page-by-page format available here.

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Anglican Track at the Getty Music Worship Conference - Sing!


An Anglican track has been added to the Getty Music Worship Conference.  Join Archbishop Foley Beach and Archbishop Robert Duncan at a conference for worship leaders and pastors in Nashville, Tennessee Sept. 10 – 12.  There will also be a special message brought to the conference by video from Dr. J. I. Packer. 

Anglican Track at the Getty Music Worship Conference - Sing!
An Anglican track has been added to the Getty Music Worship Conference.  Join Archbishop Foley Beach and Archbishop Robert Duncan at a conference for worship leaders and pastors in Nashville, Tennessee Sept. 10 – 12.  There will also be a special message brought to the conference by video from Dr. J. I. Packer. 
Modern hymn-writers, Keith & Kristyn Getty (known for such hymns as “In Christ Alone,” “Speak O Lord,” & “My Worth Is Not In What I Own”) have developed a three day conference event focused on theology, artistry, and congregational worship. 
Featuring theologians and speakers such as Alistair Begg, David Platt, John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Tripp, Ravi Zacharias, Ligon Duncan and many others, the Getty Music Worship Conference - Sing! is designed to help pastors and church leaders develop a Biblical understanding and creative vision for their liturgical worship.
This event will include 7 plenary sessions, over 50 breakout sessions and a Choral Matins service led by Archbishop Foley Beach and introduced by Dr. J. I. Packer. 
Topics include:
The Glory and Majesty of God in the Psalms
Creativity, The Psalms & The Human Mind
Glory & Humanity: from Celebration to Lament
The Psalms & Eternity
The Psalms & The Glory of God in the Nations
The Psalms & The 21st Century Church
And many more…
Visit  to learn more and use code ACNA at registration to apply a special 20% discount for Anglican leaders on remaining tickets. 

Restored in Christ: Caminemos Juntos Conference 2018


This year’s Caminemos Juntos conference will take place August 2-4, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The theme of the conference is “Restored in Christ with Joy for the Mission,” which is taken from Philippians 1:1-2 and is a fitting motif for a city recovering from last year’s destructive hurricane season.

Though restoration has been a theme in Houston lately, the main focus of the conference will be on how to bring restoration within the Latino community. Speakers include Archbishop Miguel Uchoa, Paco Amador, and Chris Ophus.

“More than ever we need to hear from the Latino church and learn to partner together for Gospel mission and church planting. Being together in Houston will be an opportunity to step into the revival the Anglican Church in particular is experiencing in Latin America,” said The Rev. Jonathan Kindberg, co-director of Caminemos Juntos.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit the Caminemos Juntos website here.

To read about the latest conference in Mexico, held May 24th-27th, click here.

Caminemos Juntos: First Ordination and Fourth Conference in Mexico


Leaders from 10 congregations gathered May 24-27th at Iglesia del Gran Pastor in Fresnillo, Zacatecas in Central Mexico for the fourth annual Caminemos Juntos conference.

The purpose of this gathering was to mobilize leaders for the planting of Anglican churches throughout Mexico and to provide a space for new congregations and leaders that are exploring joining the existing group of ACNA churches. 

Present were 4 missionaries from the new GAFCON Province in Brazil including missionary Bishop Flavio Adair Suarez who was the keynote speaker and presented lessons learned from the growth of the church in Brazil through multiplication and disciple making. Others shared on the intercessory and women’s ministries which have played a key role in Brazil.

On Sunday, the final day of the conference, Farhid Adabache of Iglesia del Gran Pastor, was ordained as a deacon by Bishop Mark Zimmerman of the ACNA Diocese of the Southwest which includes the Mexico deanery of congregations. This was an historic occasion, marking the first Anglican Church in North America leader ordained in Mexico.

Deacons Farhid and Eduardo Gonzalez, who serves in Ciudad Juarez on the border with El Paso, Texas will both represent Mexico at the upcoming GAFCON conference in Jerusalem later this summer.

Caminemos Juntos is the GAFCON network for Mexico and Latin America. This year, in addition to hosting this regional gathering in Mexico, Caminemos Juntos is also hosting conferences in the United States and Argentina.

Click here ( to read more on the history of Anglican realignment in Mexico and Latin America.

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To learn more about the upcoming conference in Houston, Texas, click here.

Follow Gafcon Jerusalem!


Learn how you can be a part of what’s happening in Jerusalem during the 10-year anniversary of the Global Anglican Future Conference.

Representatives from over 50 countries will gather June 17-22 in Jerusalem, Israel for the 10th Anniversary of Gafcon, the Global Anglican Future Conference. Gafcon is a global movement of Bible-based Anglicans who profess the orthodox apostolic faith and set out together in Gospel Mission.

This year’s conference will be the largest international gathering of Anglicans in 50 years with nearly 2,000 delegates. The theme for the conference is “proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations.”

Delegates will hear from leaders in the Anglican Communion, learn from keynote speakers, and be encouraged in their ministry. Most importantly, they will engage with brothers and sisters from around the world, building Kingdom relationships to strengthen the mission of the Church and bring us closer together in fellowship.

You can follow along and participate too! The conference will be livestreamed on and can also be watched via YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. You can interact with the conference via the Twitter hashtag: #Gafcon2018.

The livestream will loop every eight hours, running each day’s sessions three times, meaning you can catch all the action as if it were live without having to wake up in the wee hours of the morning. The first loop of the livestream will begin at 9am EST.

While delegates are on break, you can catch interviews with leaders, speakers, laity, and conference workers, providing insight on how the conference is running, relationships being built, and highlights from the day.

Not able to watch a full eight hours? Catch the 30-minute highlight segment at the end of each day! We’ll provide for you a run-down of all the exciting topics and information you need to know.

Have questions? Tweet us! We’ll have guests and leaders answering questions we receive via Twitter.

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The Gospel Con Carne


Agape Year gap-year mission fellowship offers the Gospel “with meat” to 18 to 20-year-olds.

How do you like your tacos? Nate Twichell, co-director of Agape Year, likes them ‘con carne’ or ‘with meat’. Doesn’t really matter if its pork, chicken, or brisket. He’ll take them with mucho ‘con carne’. These past few months we’ve had the privilege of participating in the Gospel con carne. After returning from Thailand, we debriefed with our Missionals and hit the road as a living epistle to 10 churches in 6 dioceses, a couple of schools, and a few ministries.

Here’s the thing, the Church takes on the Gospel con carne when you experience the radical welcome of Christ through the hospitality of this family we’re called into… sometimes that looks like the best strawberry shortcake in Florida shared over conversations of God at work in prisons, or a meal harvested from a community garden, or an offer to drive a hot-rod, or thoughtful questions in a parish hall during a bake sale. Sometimes it looks like a priest gripping your hand during the Eucharist while saying “The body of Christ who loves you so very much broken for you.” There’s Truth that sinks down into your bones when you worship with unmet brothers and sisters and then that evening sleep in one of their guest bedrooms or living rooms or share a family meal with them. It’s the Gospel con carne.

God is good! We are amazed that we’ve just finished our first year of Agape Year. This would not have been possible without the help, prayers, support and vision of so many individuals. We are humbled and grateful! Our Missionals are headed home to summers of work and ministry and then to college! We’ll miss them; grateful but thankful that they’ve lived the Gospel con carne.

Please join us as we pray for our missional fellows for next year! So far we have two: Tessa and Kieran! We’d love to have two more join the cohort. Please pray that God would lead those He is calling to experience the gospel con carne.

This summer, we will be trusting God as we grow in partner development. We’ve been thankful for the number of one time donations given to make this year possible, but will need to grow our monthly support by $2000 to make Agape Year sustainable for years to come. Please pray for us as we dedicate time to growing our monthly community of supporters and if He is leading you to join in His work through Agape Year?

Want to taste the Gospel con carne?  Or want a night off from cooking? Come join us and our neighbors the final Friday of the month at “The Open Table” Pizza Pop-Up. We’re hoping to extend hospitality and good pizza in our neighborhood for the life of the world. More details can be found here.

Missed our service of Thanksgiving and Commissioning? You can read Nate’s charge to the fellows and hear more about the origins of the phrase “gospel con carne” over on our blog.

The Agape Year program is still taking applications for the 2018 cohort. To learn more about the Agape Year program and apply, visit its website here.

Nate and Erika Twichell are co-directors of the Agape Year program, a partnership between Anglican Global Mission Partners and Young Anglicans Project.

Worship Artist-in-Residence

Rector, Birmingham, AL

Initiatory and Pastoral Rites Feedback Sought


The Liturgy Task Force will be meeting during the week of August 12th to finalize the Initiatory (Baptism and Confirmation) and Pastoral Rites (Holy Matrimony, Thanksgiving for a Child, Healing, Time of Death and Burial) for the Book of Common Prayer 2019.

Please provide your feedback – both your experience with and proposed improvements of our working texts – to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) not later than August 6th (Transfiguration).

In April, when the Liturgy Task Force met to finalize the lesser daily offices, the Great Litany and the Lent and Holy Week rites, 277 feedback emails significantly assisted the Task Force in shaping the final forms of those services.

The last appeal for feedback was hugely successful.  We are nearing the home stretch.  According to a recent survey by the Barna Organization, 1 in 10 active Christians uses the Book of Common Prayer daily.  The BCP 2019 will form a generation of believers.  Let’s make it the best it can possibly be.

To access the liturgies, visit the Liturgy page here.
To read more about the call for feedback on other rites, click here.

Worship Pastor or Youth Pastor

“The Road to Jerusalem” Episode 5 - Pentecost


Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for episode five, Pentecost, of “The Road to Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

Road To Jerusalem - ep5 - Pentecost from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

Gafcon Jerusalem 2018

Worship Leader/Coordinator of Liturgical Music

Rector, Covington, KY

Gafcon Chairman’s May 2018 Letter


To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

‘...the time is short…’ 1 Corinthians 7:29

My dear people of God,

Next month we are expecting almost 2,000 delegates to gather in Jerusalem for our third Global Anglican Future Conference. I know that those working so hard to organise this great undertaking are very much aware that ‘the time is short’, but as the Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian church, this should always be our perspective. Jerusalem is the place where Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, events which make the promise of his return sure and certain, and we shall gather as those who always live in the expectation of our Lord’s second appearing as King, Judge and Saviour.

To know that ‘the time is short’ helps to keep us from being distracted and to concentrate on what really matters.

Firstly, it means that the gospel is at the heart of all that we do. Our conference theme is ‘Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations’ and we shall celebrate the gospel in all its richness as the demonstration of the love and saving power of God in Jesus Christ. We shall be reminding one another that the gospel is not a message of merely human wisdom but the ‘gospel of God’ (Romans 1:1) which we have received. It is the work of God’s grace from beginning to end, but he has entrusted that task to us and we must press on to fulfil the apostolic mandate of the risen Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Secondly, knowing that the time is short keeps us focused on the purpose of the Church. Ecclesiastical institutions must serve the gospel. The gospel is not a brand to be adapted to serve institutions. We will therefore continue to endorse new missionary initiatives and jurisdictions where necessary to take forward the work of the gospel.

Accordingly, we shall recognise the Anglican Church in Brazil, currently the Anglican Diocese of Recife, as a Province in the Anglican Communion when it is inaugurated on May 21st and in Jerusalem we shall welcome Archbishop-elect Miguel Uchoa as the first Primate. This new Province will provide for orthodox Anglicans in Brazil just as the Anglican Church in North America provided for orthodox Anglicans in the United States and Canada ten years ago.

Thirdly, knowing that the time is short means that we aim to please God, to whom we shall have to give account, rather than people. We must be men and women of courage who chose to be friends of God rather than friends of the world. It is tempting to think that there can be a middle way, but we cannot compromise the gospel. To have integrity, this conviction must be expressed in action as well as words which is why Clause 13 of the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008 (to which we ask all participants in next month’s conference to subscribe as a condition of attendance) affirms that ‘We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord’.

The Anglican Communion has been mightily used by God as a means of spreading the gospel around the globe and in Jerusalem we shall continue the great purpose we set out in 2008 to work for ‘a clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ’. The time is short, but we thank God that he has raised up the Gafcon movement and this gives us hope that the best years of our beloved Anglican Communion are yet to come.

The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council

Lead Missionary to Midland/Odessa, TX

Israel Video Project: “The Road to Jerusalem” - Episode 4


Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the fourth episode of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

R2J - ep4 - Counting the Omer from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For more information about the Israel Video Project and to view Episode 1, click here.
For Episode 2, click here, and Episode 3, click here.
To learn more about Jess Cantelon’s childhood in Jerusalem and his call to ministry in this way, click here.

Israel Video Project: “The Road to Jerusalem”


The Rev. Jess Cantelon is a clergyman in the Anglican Network in Canada. Having grown up in Jerusalem, Cantelon has a heart for the Holy Land and is responding to a call to return to Jerusalem to pioneer an Anglican Church in North America work there.

Jerusalem is my hometown. In 1981, the Israeli government invited my dad, a Pentecostal pastor, to plant a church in Jerusalem. This was unprecedented. Until I was 12, I grew up skateboarding the streets of Jerusalem, adventuring through old army bunkers, and scaling abandoned water towers with the 30 feet of rope my dad gave me as a gift.

I can’t say that there wasn’t anything difficult about growing up in Israel. I was the only “blondini” Gentile in my Hebrew public school class, but I hardly noticed. On rare occasions, I would be called a dirty Christian, but for the most part I was embraced, loved, and raised as “one of them”.  Through the public school system I was steeped in the Jewish culture, liturgical calendar, and language (including the bad words that my parents didn’t know about!). I sang all the naughty songs on the school bus and my days were full of field trips, trouble making, friendship and joy.  I have too many wonderful stories and memories.

Of course, violence has always been part of the backdrop.  At school, we would have regular air raid drills and would rush down to the basement to hide in the school’s bomb shelters.  I once got off a city bus that later blew up a few stops down the line.  These things are tough. Still, my parents had me continue to travel by bus because we wouldn’t be bound by fear. This is the Israeli way. 

When I am in Israel I am ‘at home’ in my own culture. The fact that I’m not Israeli doesn’t come up, unless I mention that I’m a priest. Even then, your average secular Israeli doesn’t care. I guess I am what they call a “third culture” kid.  It is North American culture that I have more difficulty navigating. Luckily, I have my wife – who introduced me to Anglicanism – to do the culture-interpreting for me. She lets me know when people say, “Can’t you stay a bit longer?” they really mean, “I want you to go now.”

I have a wonderful Pentecostal heritage on both sides of my family. My dad’s dad, Homer (wife, Shirley) Cantelon, was the equivalent of a bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He served small rural parishes in the prairies of Canada for most of his ministry. My mom’s parents, Howard and Kay Kerr came to faith during the Pentecostal tent revival meetings of the 1920s. My grandmother was flown to Argentina on her 90th birthday to be honored for her and my grandfather’s catalytic pastoral investment in the Argentinian Revival of the 1950s. On my dad’s side, I am the 21st preacher in a long line of preachers. This dates back to my great, great uncle’s coming to faith after stumbling to his hotel, drunk, discovering a Gideon Bible in his room, and committing his life to Christ that night.  I am so grateful for this rich heritage and for God’s faithfulness to my family for generations.

Fresh out of college in 2000, Erica and I felt called to serve a little Anglican church in Toronto as youth pastor for four years, but I never sought ordination.  Erica’s family was deeply involved in the Anglican realignment in Canada, and so, I attended “The Way Forward” conference in Ottawa in 2004 (which essentially gave birth to the Anglican Network in Canada). At that time, I felt strongly called to this Anglican movement, and yet I was confused because Erica, our little boy, and I were already moving back to Israel to minister with the Pentecostals.  Because the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) and the Anglican Church in North America were just beginning to be born, it seemed to be God’s timing for us to go back to Jerusalem and minister with the church where I grew up. We thought that perhaps we would return later to someday minister with the Anglicans in Canada. Never did I imagine that my Anglican calling and my calling to Israel would unite.

In 2008, I was ordained a transitional deacon in the Anglican Network in Canada and served my curacy at Christ Church Jerusalem.  In 2010, we returned to Canada and began church planting with ANiC. And now, after more than 7 years away, including an intense and fruitful season of church planting in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, I can hardly believe the time has come for me to return to Jerusalem to pioneer an ANiC and the Anglican Church in North America work in Israel.

I have grown to love the Anglican Way. Erica, my wife, and I realize that our respective heritages have blessed each other and our ministries. Holy Spirit-filled entrepreneurial evangelism, meets a deep love of the Word, an anchoring liturgical calendar, and a sacramental life.  These approaches to Christianity have deepened our knowing Jesus in a big way.  Anglicanism has also made my faith, surprisingly, feel more Jewish, and thus feels like home to me.

Some of the most valuable aspects of my Christian faith I learned from the Jews. I feel that I know Jesus, the Jewish man, very well.  Of course, living in Israel as a family, for a long time, we followed the rhythm of the Jewish liturgical calendar, which our Christian calendar complements beautifully. Today, with my own kids, we do an inauthentic version of most Jewish holidays and especially enjoy our Goy-version of Shabbat (Sabbath). Whether we are in Israel or elsewhere, every Friday night as a family we light candles, sing around the table, bless wine and then bread, and welcome twenty-four hours of Sabbath rest.  It is a wonderful tradition, and our kids always look forward to it.

Many factors had to fall into place in order for my family and me to return to Israel. We are a family of seven now, and we do not travel as slowly as Jacob did with his family, but an international move with a company such as ours, is not a small deal.  Through a series of quite miraculous events, the Lord said “now,” and so we are going.

In 2016, during a three-month sabbatical, I produced the pilot season of the Israel Video Project:  “This is Israel.”  It was used as a resource primarily in ANiC and the Anglican Church in North America as well as some interdenominational churches. This second season I have called “The Road to Jerusalem” because of my own journey back to Jerusalem, but also because it coincides with the Global Anglican Future Conference’s 10-year anniversary as we are also on the road to Jerusalem together as a Communion. It is a wonderful coincidence that has my family on the road to return to Jerusalem at the very same time the Anglican Communion finds itself on the road to Jerusalem for GAFCON 2018.  While I am going to pioneer an ANiC and Anglican Church in North America work, Gafcon is also pioneering the way forward for a global Anglican realignment.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the strong leadership of our Gafcon primates and how much I am praying for them.

The road to Jerusalem, for Jews and Christians alike, has always been a journey of prayer and a journey of repentance.

As I am at a pivotal point in my own life, praying and repenting with my family as we go to Jerusalem, I am using the Israel Video Project to document this journey. I invite my fellow brothers and sisters in North America, and beyond, to pray with me through this video series as we approach such an important meeting for the future of Anglicanism. 

As our communion has been shaken, and as orthodoxy is being forgotten across denominations, the absolute best thing we can do as a Church is return to the basics of the faith, to the very heart: to Jesus, to Jerusalem, and to the cross. It’s important not only for the present and future within our communion, it is important for our brothers and sisters around the world who will follow our lead, and it is important for our villages, cities, and countries all across the globe. 

It was in Jerusalem that our sins were first forgiven. It was in Jerusalem where we were first filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.  And, it was to Jerusalem first, where we were called to share this life-changing gospel.  I love that sharing this glorious gospel is what defines us as a movement. And, what better place to return to than Jerusalem, to remember the basics, and to remember Jesus. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

You can learn more about the Israel Video Project at:

The Rev. Jess Cantelon is a clergyman in the Anglican Network in Canada.

Agape Year: Pioneering a Way for Anglican Youth


In the fall of 2017, the Anglican Global Mission Partners launched their inaugural partner program, Agape Year.

The word “agape” is Greek for “selfless.”  Led by Nate and Erika Twichell, co-directors, Agape Year is a nine-month fellowship for 18-20 year-olds who are seeking to increase their trust in God, and to show his extravagant, agape love to others both locally and globally in a “gap year.”

The ground breaking year, September 2017 through May 2018, saw two fellows, Caleb and Lucas, grow in their relationship with the Lord and in the Anglican community.  Starting in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, their day-to-day service experience included partnerships with local ministries such as Church of the Ascension in Oakland, a neighborhood rich in cross-cultural opportunities through the university and health care systems, Shepherd’s Heart in downtown Pittsburgh, reaching out to the homeless and broken, Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, and the Young Anglican Project, partnering with The Rev. Canon Steven Tighe, the Provincial Canon for Youth Ministry. Showing God’s love globally, they partnered with St. Andrew’s Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand through the Diocese of Singapore. Agape Year’s goal is for participants to see Jesus work in new and unexpected ways, whether in the face of a homeless man in Pittsburgh, in the life of a student in Chiang Mai, in worship with Bhutanese brothers and sisters, or in their own hearts.

In addition to ministry, Caleb and Lucas gained new and unique life experiences, they left home for the first time, navigated a new city by bus, and bought groceries in a foreign country. “Many of the service and ministry opportunities require the fellows to cross barriers of culture, language, and privilege. These young men broke new ground personally,” said Erika, recognizing how God worked in the young men, bringing about spiritual maturity.  Caleb shared, “This gap year has challenged me in my faith. We studied scripture, did missional devotions, and grew together in Christ. I was glad to be a part of this launch year where I have drawn closer to Christ, and laid the groundwork for others.

Both the directors and participants have seen the agape love of Christ in new places. While enjoying a meal with a group of homeless men and women on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Angel joined their table. He mentioned he was new to Pittsburgh and was applying for a restaurant job, but was unsure how to get there. Caleb walked Angel to the interview to make sure he arrived safely, and sat with him while he completed his application, helping him with words he did not know.  “I’ve seen the importance of listening, relating to people in their situation, and just showing Christ’s love to others wherever they are,” said Caleb.

Caleb and Lucas’ daily schedules were packed full. In Chiang Mai, they had four hours of Thai language training per week to help their ministry of teaching English as a Second Language.  Lucas taught middle school students while Caleb taught high school students.  Erika mentored them in planning lessons for the week. Lucas shared, “Teaching ESL was my favorite service experience. It was rewarding to teach others from a different background [a skill] that will help them further their education and career goals.”

As mentors, Nate and Erika have seen God work in their own lives. Nate shared, “It was encouraging to see these two grow and build relationships grounded in Christ. It has been a growing experience for us, too.  Caleb and Lucas have taught us how much we can grow in the Lord ourselves.” Nate and Erika pray sharing this year’s experiences will encourage the Church. The fellows continue to visit Anglican congregations, sharing how God worked in and through them. “There are a number of statistics that show the failure of the Church to retain young people.  But we are partnering with the Anglican Church to break stereotypes about the younger generation. Agape Year is built upon Christ’s call to come and see,” says Nate. The Program encourages 18-20 year-olds to come and see what the Church is doing locally and globally, and to understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.

“Our hope is for our Missional Fellows to know that no matter where they go, they will have a home in the local Church.” Nate and Erika pray that Anglican Churches will partner with them by sending youth participants and by considering supporting the Agape Year financially. They thank God for this first year and look forward to the years to come.

For more information, visit

Sarah Norris is the Writer and Communications Specialist for the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS).

The Road to Clemson: How A Small Church Plant Is Engaging A University Campus


“We need a campus ministry that will be distinctly Anglican, connected to the local church, and one that will build leadership for the future of Anglican Churches.” 

Such was the thinking of The Rev. John Hall, lead planter of Christ The Redeemer Anglican Church in Clemson, South Carolina. From past experience, Hall knew that a close bond between campus ministry and the local church could be a key to the development of a successful pipeline of young church leaders.

Two young leaders joining him in this vision are Luke Rasmussen and Justin Hare. “Luke and I started dreaming about what an Anglican college ministry at Clemson could look like. As Anglicans, we worship through liturgy and have traditions other denominations do not. To be able to engage students on campus in their specific tradition is vital. Having done youth ministry in Charleston, I knew that Anglican students from all over America come to Clemson, but upon arrival found there was no vibrant campus ministry in their tradition.”

Hare continues:  “Most campus ministries (including the one I attended in college) tend to emphasize the meetings where college students come together. Luke and I think this is important, but we also want to see students integrated into the full life of the church — a ministry where students serve alongside older and younger members of the church on Sunday and throughout the week.

“We want to see students meeting with a mentor family for dinner or grabbing coffee with a member of the congregation during the week to study God’s word together. The only way for these kinds of relationships to happen organically is to stress the centrality of the local church.”

Instead of starting an Anglican college ministry from scratch, it made sense to partner with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), an organization that provides training, support, an annual conference gathering, and plenty of knowledge about reaching the college campuses. Nicole Shirk, Executive Vice President for Campus Ministry at CCO and one of several Anglicans in leadership with the organization, says, “we are eager to partner with many more Anglican Church in North America churches in the future”.  Currently, CCO – Anglican Church in North America church partnerships include: Church of the Ascension (Pittsburgh, PA); Incarnation Church (State College, PA); Church of the Redeemer @ New Garden Park (Greensboro, NC); Christ the Redeemer (Clemson, SC); and Church of the Apostles (Columbia, SC).

“It’s been said,” adds Hare, “that if you want to know the culture ten years from now, go to a college campus today. Unfortunately, most Christians making that visit won’t be thrilled with what they see. But it’s important to remember — while college can be a time when students drift from the faith, it can also be a time for them to grow exponentially in it. The unique challenges of college ministry, I think, suit me quite well. I love helping students wade through the big questions of life by looking at the Scriptures with them.”
To learn more about or support ministry at Clemson contact Justin Hare at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Other CCO campus ministries may be found at or

David Wright is the Coordinator for Student Ministries in the Diocese of South Carolina. Having served as a Youth Minister at St. John’s Hartford in Cheshire, England and Christ Church of Oak Brook, Il, Wright has over 30 years of youth ministry experience. He has written numerous articles for publications in the UK and USA as well as led training for youth leaders in the US, UK, and Canada.

Arise and Shine


“I call it historic!” exclaimed Janet Helms, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Kenyan Christian Education Partnership (KCEP). She was reporting the results of the Kenyan Primary exams held in the fall of 2017. For the first time, eighth-year students from Tumaini Academy were sitting for exams.

The school was founded eight years ago with just one grade level. Now, those fi rst students were sitting for exams and hoping to score high enough marks in order to be accepted into secondary school.

When the results of the exams were released, Tumaini Academy was the best school in the district, ahead of 19 other schools. In fact, the top seven students from the district in 2017 were all Tumaini students. One student, Boro Hakano, who earned the highest marks of all students in the district, is experiencing his dream to become a doctor draw closer to reality.

Tumaini Academy is located in Sololo, in Marsabit District, close to the Ethiopian border where more children are engaged in child labor than are attending primary school. So, how did such a remote area produce such stellar students?

In 2008, (now Bishop of Marsabit) Qampicha Daniel Wario from northern Kenya was attending Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and met fellow seminarian Janet Helms. He shared with her the plight of the Christians in northern Kenya. While Christians are a majority in Kenya overall, in this Northern region of the country, they remain the minority. Due to the nomadic lifestyle, chronic poverty, and reliance on an arid landscape prone to drought, families have a difficult time surviving, let alone providing quality education for their children.

After much discernment, Qampicha and Helms determined that the best way to help was to build a Christian primary school. At the time, there were no Christian schools in the region. KCEP was founded to empower the Diocese of Marsabit to build and operate the school.

Qampicha believes that Sololo children can be strong students, despite coming from families of nomadic herdsmen. The daily difficulties they face make them strong and disciplined. Qampicha knows that with God as their helper, these children are driven to accomplish great things. Tumaini Academy opened in December 2010 to give these children the opportunity to become so much more than what was expected for them.

Since then, the school has grown from a plot of land to a campus of eight classrooms. There are two large water tanks (a necessity in this region) and a newly completed administration building, funded by The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF). There are also staff offices, a library, and a kitchen. The diocese operates five preschools in three locations, offering opportunities for younger children. Currently, there are more than 280 students on the main campus and 200 children in the preschools.

In Northern Kenya, ethnic and religious tensions are high. Even so, Tumaini Academy’s reputation for excellence means that parents of all religions – Christian, Muslim, and traditional African religions – desire to enroll their children. Consequently, the school has the opportunity to share Christian values with the entire community. Indeed, over the past seven years, the school has become an educational, spiritual, and economic center of the community. “Even though sixty percent of Tumaini students come from Muslim homes, they all experience the love of Jesus,” says Helms.

“Tumaini” means “hope” in Kiswahili, the unifying language of Kenya. “We spread the Gospel through education and the meeting of physical needs,” Bishop Qampicha says. This is the mission of his diocese in a nutshell, although they also spread the Gospel through worship and Bible studies.

Students graduate after completing their eighth year, or primary education. What happens now for the graduating children who did so well on the national exam? All seven of them have been accepted into regional Christian High Schools and will continue their education, thanks to scholarships provided by KCEP donors. God is preparing them for something so much greater.

The Diocese of Marsabit’s “tumaini” is to build a high school in order to expand opportunities for secondary education. They have secured land and have funds to start building the first classroom. The goal is to continue the Tumaini tradition by providing excellent Christian education for secondary students in Sololo.

Arise and Shine (Isaiah 60:1) is the motto of Tumaini Academy. KCEP is partnering with ARDF in order to bring this dream to fruition so that more children will Arise and Shine in Northern Kenya. With God’s help, Tumaini Academy students are living out this motto.

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Christine Jones is the Director of Mobilization for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” - Isaiah 60:1

Restorative Grace: Empowering Refugee Families and the Dignity of Provision


A few years ago, our church, Restoration Anglican Church in Plano, Texas, announced that we would begin ‘adopting’ refugee families who had recently arrived from Syria. A family of missionaries opened our eyes to the global refugee crisis and found a path for us to engage locally.

An organization in nearby Dallas called Gateway of Grace matches refugee families with churches who can provide support, resources, and relationships beyond the scope of social services.

My wife Emily and I waded in with some hesitation. Both of us work, we have two young boys at home, and we were already invested in other church activities. We wanted to serve, but we probably couldn’t commit to much.

So much for that idea.

Once we (and the other volunteers) met this incredible family of eight and saw their overwhelming need, we dove in.

At first, we were in ‘survival mode.’ We stood in long lines at public health clinics and sat in on parent-teacher conferences. We hauled furniture and tried to translate stacks of forms and bills. In the midst of this, though, friendships formed. It turns out, children don’t recognize language barriers—our kids played, sang, wrestled, and laughed alongside theirs. One ‘Google-translated’ phrase at a time, we grew to know them better.

Slowly, we learned more of their story. The husband, Hasaan, showed us pictures on his phone of the family home he’d built himself. It was leveled by a bomb just months after completion. In the bombing, his wife, Kholoud, was burned so badly she nearly lost her leg. They fled on foot with nothing, eventually settling in a tent city in Jordan for four years. No work, no school, no home.

Almost every time we met with the family, Kholoud would tell us that she wanted to sell her sewing. She had learned a little from missionaries in Jordan, and she thought she could help support the family in this way.

So, our little team went to work. Emily and Stacy (our rector’s wife) set up an online store. They took photos and found translators for Kholoud to set up her business. They created a bank account, found and purchased discounted materials, and began taking orders. Some of the older women from the church helped hone Kholoud’s skills and picked out projects that might sell—blankets, placemats, table runners, and more.

It wasn’t charity. Our team contributed to get the business rolling, but Kholoud was easily able to cover those costs from her profits. She began selling in November of 2016 and during that holiday season, Kholoud made enough to cover her family’s living expenses while Hasaan was between seasonal jobs. They wouldn’t have made it without her.

Our team was proud to help them from the beginning, and we enjoyed becoming part of their new lives here in America. But our joy overflowed when we witnessed the transformation of Kholoud—a small business owner.

More than anything else, the war in Syria had taken away her agency. It had taken away her ability to love and serve her family in the most tangible ways. Now, here she was, in a strange land, sending her children away each day to schools filled with strangers, dependent on strangers for basic needs.

But through the work of our little team—and the redemptive, restorative grace of God which always precedes us—Kholoud and her family are beginning to flourish. Ennobled and equipped, Kholoud attends every available English class; she’s almost fluent now. She worked tirelessly this summer to pass her driver’s test so that she could take her kids to school. Last month, she attended parent-teacher conferences without a translator— she can tell you all six children’s grades in every subject. With the money her business earned this year, Kholoud is saving for a washer and dryer. Next year, she hopes to send her profits back home to her family still trapped in war-torn Syria.

We will walk with them and pray for them through all this and more—because that’s what friends do.

Our church isn’t the only church engaged in this work. I’ve heard from many others with their own stories of redemption and love. It’s my prayer that even more churches will find local agencies like Gateway of Grace who can help them begin to serve refugees in their own cities.

God is breaking new ground in the lives of those who have fled unimaginable suffering to become our neighbors. When you come to know and love them as your neighbor, I can tell you from experience that God will break new ground in your heart as well.

The Rev. Kolby Kerr serves as the teaching pastor of Restoration Anglican Church in Richardson, Texas, where he lives with his wife Emily and his two boys, Beckett and Samuel. He is also the Assistant Director of LeaderWorks, a nonprofit organization that supports Anglican church leaders. He regularly posts on and contributes to

Learn more about Kholoud’s sewing business at If you or your church would like to learn more about serving refugee families in your community, contact Kolby at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

From A Shepherd’s Heart: Building a Biblical Foundation


A message from Archbishop Foley Beach!

Allison and I love to go to the beach. When our children were younger, we had many family vacations somewhere along the shoreline where the waves crash and the sand is plentiful.  During these times, it would not be unusual to spend a lot of time with the children creating what they would think was a castle, a fort, or some interesting sand-structure.  It would never fail that when the tide came in each day, the sand creation would be washed away by the water and the waves.

At the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7, Jesus uses a similar illustration to discuss putting into practice the words He shared. He says it this way:

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew against that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the wind blew against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

This is a straight-forward teaching about the benefits of doing what the Lord asks, and the devastation of not doing what He asks.  Both houses would have looked the same; it was only when the storms came that one could tell a difference.

Too many modern Christians are building their lives on the wrong foundation.  It is not Jesus Christ and His Word, but the latest fad, latest worship song, or latest book about prayer.  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?’” Jesus asks us all in Luke 6:46.

As the Anglican Church in North America, we are committed to building our foundation on the rock – Jesus Christ and his Word, or as the Apostle Paul wrote, “on the sure foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the sure cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).  This is why we have spent time developing and revising our Catechism, To Be a Christian, producing a new Book of Common Prayer (scheduled to be released in 2019), and releasing a holistic Sunday and Daily Lectionary.  This is why we spend so much time encouraging and equipping folks to plant churches, share the Gospel, and make disciples. This is why we are attempting to empower congregations to create ministries to the least and the lost in their communities. And this is why we support and encourage Biblical Anglicans around the globe.  For unless we are building this Province on the rock, it will falter when the cultural storms and floods come our way.

None of this matters if we are not building our individual lives upon God’s Word and following Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  “Upon Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

The Apostle Magazine, Spring 2018

Assistant to the Rector, Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, North Augusta, SC

Contending for Anglicanism


As Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 approaches, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, former professor and Academic Dean at Trinity School for Ministry, is releasing a book to help readers understand the current state of the Communion. The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism, 1993-2018 is commended by 22 leading scholars and church leaders.

This summer, the Gafcon movement will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with an historic conference in Jersualem, Israel. But why is this an historic event? Why does the Gafcon movement matter and what does it even stand for?

Over the last few decades, the need for the Gafcon movement has unfolded and today the entire Global Anglican Communion faces a climactic point in its history. Throughout this recent history, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, former professor and Academic Dean at Trinity School for Ministry, played a significant role in contending for biblical truth in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. And now, as Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 approaches, he is releasing a book to help readers understand the current state of the Communion. The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism, 1993-2018 is commended by 22 leading scholars and church leaders.

From the book description:

This anthology of his writings (often in the heat of battle) chronicles the departure of the Anglican establishment in North America and England from classic Christian teaching on Scripture, marriage, and church order.

The first section contains essays on three “paving stones” of the Anglican way: “Reading the Bible as the Word of God”; marriage as “Two Sexes, One Flesh”; and “Communing with Christ” on doctrine and discipline.

The second section covers the “Road to GAFCON” (the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem in opposition to the Lambeth Conference). Noll explains the teaching of the two historic documents of the period: the 1998 Lambeth “Resolution I.10 on Human Sexuality” and the GAFCON Jerusalem Statement and Declaration, arguing that the trajectory of Anglican tradition passes through the Global South, not Canterbury.

The third section casts a vision of a reformed Global Anglican Communion characterized by an over-arching covenant, conciliar governance, and a united resolve to carry the Great Commission forward in the face of militant Islam and militant secularism. 

Dr. Noll would like “to commend to readers a vision of a renewed and reformed Global Anglican Communion, a communion of churches that builds on the heritage of the Church of England and represents the emerging leadership of formerly colonial Anglican churches, whereby the oversight of doctrine and discipline has shifted from Canterbury to the Global South.”

The book is offered now at a special Gafcon discount price of $12.95 (+ free shipping) from Anglican Liturgy Press, and will be available in the future through Amazon.

Professor Noll has also started a “Contending Anglican” website and Facebook page for those who are interested in the Global Anglican Communion.


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Gafcon Primates Council Communiqué, April 16-19, 2018


The Gafcon Primates Council met in Entebbe, Uganda April 16-19, 2018. Read more about their time together finalizing plans for the upcoming conference in Jerusalem, discussing matters affecting our common life together, and receiving updates from Gafcon provinces and branches.

Many nations shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.         Micah 4:2

We gathered on 16-19 April 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda to share in Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship. We give thanks for the gracious hospitality of Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and the Anglican Church of Uganda.

We began our day with Bible study led by Bishop Andy Lines, Archbishop-elect Laurent Mbanda, and Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje. As we met, we finalised our plans for our upcoming conference in Jerusalem, discussed matters affecting our common life, and received updates from our Gafcon provinces and branches.

Jerusalem 2018: Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations

The third Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) will be held in Jerusalem 18-22 June 2018. Jerusalem has a special place in the hearts of the Gafcon movement as it was the location of our inaugural conference in 2008. The city stands as a constant reminder of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the apostles’ proclamation of the gospel, and the birth of the Church. By returning to Jerusalem we are expressing our determination to remain true to the teachings of Jesus.

The theme of the conference is “Proclaiming Christ faithfully to the Nations.” Gafcon III offers authentic global fellowship in the Anglican Communion. In 2008, over 1,100 lay and clergy delegates attended and at the second conference, in Nairobi in 2013, this number grew to over 1,500. On this, the tenth anniversary of Gafcon, we are expecting around 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries. During the conference, the plenary sessions will be translated into French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Welcoming New Primates

We welcomed the Most Rev. Justin Badi, Primate-elect of the Province of South Sudan, and we welcomed the Most Rev. Laurent Mbanda, Primate-elect of the Province of Rwanda. Upon their enthronements, both will be eligible for election to the Primates Council.

Recognising a New Province in Brazil

The Anglican Diocese of Recife, Brazil has been a diocese that has related extra-provincially to Gafcon since 2008. Through its church-planting efforts, the Diocese of Recife is spreading the gospel across Brazil and has grown into a province. We recognise them as a province in the Anglican Communion and have approved the installation of the Rt. Rev. Miguel Ochoa as the first Primate of the Province. We look forward to his membership of the Primates Council.

Welcoming the New Branch in Ireland

We give thanks for the formation of Gafcon Ireland, the newest branch of the movement which was launched yesterday in Belfast. The dedicated work that has been done by faithful Anglicans in Ireland has been superb, and we commend this as a model for the formation of future branches.

Pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

We are grateful for the faithful witness of the New Zealand branch of Gafcon, and rejoice in their recent conferences which attracted around 500 faithful Anglicans. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has regrettably been laying the groundwork to consider the approval of same-sex blessings. Please be in prayer for our brothers and sisters as they stand firm for the gospel. As Primates of Gafcon, we are ready to support and encourage orthodox Anglicans in the province in any way we can in the days ahead.

The Panel of Assistance

Last year, we established the Panel of Assistance to provide feedback and advice to the Primates Council on matters affecting our fellowship. The panel held its first round of meetings this year in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The first task given to the panel was to consider the report of the Task Force on Women in the Episcopate. This report recommended: “The provinces of Gafcon should retain the historic practice of the consecration only of men as bishops until and unless a strong consensus to change emerges after prayer, consultation, and the continued study of Scripture among the Gafcon fellowship.”

The regional meetings of the Panel gave overwhelming support for the recommendation. We therefore affirmed our commitment to this recommendation. During our time together, the Primate-elect of South Sudan also supported this commitment.

New Structure

Gafcon is a movement, but it is more than a movement. It is also a body which authenticates those who share a common commitment to the Bible and a common Anglican heritage. In 2008, we called for the formation of the Anglican Church in North America, in 2017 we consecrated a Missionary Bishop for Europe, and now in 2018 we have affirmed the formation of the Anglican Church in Brazil.

As we have grown over the last decade, we have recognised the need to develop more structure for our fellowship so as to sustain our common life. The Panel of Assistance has been the first step in this direction. In Jerusalem, we shall propose that the Panel of Assistance be expanded to form a Council of Advisors which will enable all levels of the Church (bishops, priests, deacons and laity) to be represented. This Council, if approved by the delegates in Jerusalem, would provide the opportunity for each province and branch to seat 3 members in the Council: one bishop, one priest/deacon, and a member of the laity.

The October 2017 Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury

Some of our members who lead the largest provinces in the Anglican Communion chose on principle not to attend the 2017 Primates’ Meeting. However, we received a report from those members who did choose to attend.

We are grieved that the Communiqué from that meeting did not accurately describe the relationships that have been broken by The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Scottish Episcopal Church. These provinces have torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion. They are not walking together with us. The Communiqué also did not accurately describe the Anglican Church in North America, which we recognised as a Province in the Anglican Communion. In addition, in addressing cross-border interventions, the Communiqué failed to recognise that there is no moral equivalence between border crossing, which arises “from a deep concern for the welfare of Anglicans in the face of innovation,” and the innovations themselves (Dar es Salaam Communiqué 2007).

We were disappointed both in the content of the Communiqué and the process of its production. The Communiqué was not made available until the very last day of the meeting, and there was not adequate time to consider its content. At the moment when trust between the provinces of the Anglican Communion is exceptionally fragile, this was not an event that facilitated healing and reconciliation. Instead, the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury has contributed to a deepening of the divide in our beloved Communion.

The Global South of the Anglican Communion

We give thanks for our fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Global South and look forward to increasing our partnership in the gospel. We recognise that our complementary callings within the Anglican Communion build up the whole body of Christ, and the strengthening of the collaboration between us brings us much joy.


As we set our eyes towards Jerusalem, we invite our supporters to a season of prayer. Please pray for safe travel for our delegates and a fresh outpouring of God’s grace as we gather to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.                Habakkuk 2:14


The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Nigeria (Chairman)
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Uganda (Vice-Chairman)
The Most Rev. Foley Beach, North America
The Most Rev. Jacob Chimeledya, Tanzania
The Most Rev. Masimango Katanda, Congo
The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Rwanda
The Most Rev. Gregory Venables, South America

Branch Representatives:

The Most Rev. Glenn Davies, Australia
The Rt Rev. Andy Lines, United Kingdom
The Rev. Jay Behan, New Zealand


Primate-elect, The Rt Rev. Justin Badi, South Sudan
Primate-elect The Rt Rev. Laurent Mbanda, Rwanda

To view the original Communiqué document, click here.

Rector, Lake Elsinore, CA

Two Suffragan Bishops Consecrated


On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy celebrated its 10th anniversary with the consecration of two new suffragan bishops at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

The event was broadcast worldwide over the Internet. (Watch the Facebook Live video here.)

On hand to officiate the ceremony were The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, The Rt. Rev. Derek Jones, Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and ten other Angilcan Church in North America bishops from around the country. The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns delivered the keynote address with an inspirational sermon on the key principles of serving humbly and effectively as a bishop in protecting the Gospel and those under a bishop’s pastoral care.  He also stressed the importance of spousal support in the success of ministry.

Over 200 chaplains and guests were present for the celebration of this historical event as they welcomed newly consecrated bishops, The Rt. Rev. Mark Nordstrom and The Rt. Rev. Michael Williams, into their ranks. Both will serve as suffragan bishops under the leadership of Bishop Jones. The Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy is the endorsing agency for chaplains in the Anglican Church in North America. 

To learn more about the new suffragan bishops and their election, click here.

Student Ministry Assistant For Middle School

Director of Children’s Ministry

An Easter Message from Archbishop Beach


“Jesus speaks life into a culture of death. The resurrection makes all the difference.” Listen to an Easter message from Archbishop Beach.

Bishops in the Congo Ask for Help in the Wake of Regional Violence


Bishops in the Anglican Church of Congo are reaching out for help in the midst of internal unrest. Learn more about the situation in the Congo, what Anglicans are doing to help, and how you can join in the relief efforts here.

Reality in the eastern Congo

Political unrest. Mass slaughter. Malnourishment. Sexual abuse. Cholera.

According to the United Nations, 13 million people are affected by the internal unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished. Approximately 4 million people have been displaced. The worst cholera outbreak in 15 years is spreading through the country - and the UN refugee camps in Uganda. Women and children are easy targets for sexual abuse and slaughter.

Reality in the Congo is a four-year-old girl left with a scar from a machete after her mother, carrying her while preparing dinner, was brutally murdered.  It’s two mass graves covering the center of Maze, a city in eastern DR Congo, after more than 40 people were killed. 

This is the suffering and pain our brethren in eastern Congo are facing. Bishop Mugenyi William Bahemuka of Boga could not even articulate the root of the conflict to The Church Times: “Is it a planned insurgency that will turn out to be either a civil war or a genocide? It is becoming difficult to understand the main reason of the killings in Djugu.”  Without knowing the cause, resolution will be difficult. But without resolution, the number of those losing their lives will only increase.

Gafcon’s Response

In a letter to the Primate of the Anglican Church of Congo, the Gafcon Primates offered their support in word and deed: “Archbishop Masimango, your fellow GAFCON Primates stand with you in prayer and in calling for peace in the region. Each one is also contacting their government asking them to pursue formal diplomatic efforts to stop the violence.”

The Anglican Church of Uganda is involved with rescuing refugees and orphans. They worked with Bishop Bahemuka to evacuate and receive 36 orphans and their caregivers. Unfortunately, because of the cholera outbreak, the refugee camps are unsafe. The Church of Uganda is working to keep these children out of the camps by caring for the vulnerable themselves.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund has made an initial contribution to the Diocese of Bukavu and is receiving donations for continued relief efforts in eastern Congo.

Your Response

Every year, on Good Friday, Christians around the world remember the passion of our Christ. We worship a God who knows what it is to suffer and is close to the brokenhearted.

Please pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pray for safety and stability, food and health, peace and reconciliation.

Please also consider donating to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund who is working with the bishops in the Congo to bring assistance. And, if you are able, contact your government to encourage international efforts toward peace.

As we move through this Holy Week, may we remember the suffering of our Lord and the suffering of those who serve Him around the world. And then, may we remember His victory and the glory to come.

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Road to Jerusalem,” Episode 3 - Israel Video Project


Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the third episode, the Passover/Holy Week episode, of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

Road To Jerusalem - ep3 - Raising the Dead from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For Episode 1 and more information about the Israel Video Project, click here.
For Episode 2, click here.

Assisting Clergy

Rector Ottawa Ontario

Updated Cycle of Prayer Released


The Anglican Church in North America has just released an updated Provincial Cycle of Prayer, covering mid-March 2018 through mid-April 2019.

The Cycle of Prayer presents a weekly prayer schedule to cover leaders, dioceses, and ministries in the Anglican Church in North America and fellow Anglicans around the world.

While leaders and prayer warriors are often aware of the Cycle of Prayer and may use it on Sunday mornings and daily prayer offices, the Cycle of Prayer is available for all to use in their private and public worship to cover our leaders and ministries.

Download the Cycle of Prayer here.

Director of Musical Worship Los Angeles

Brazos Fellowship

“Road to Jerusalem,” Episode 2 - Israel Video Project


Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the second episode of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

R2J - ep2 - The Finger of God from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For Episode 1 and more information about the Israel Video Project, click here.

Anglican International Student Ministry Pre-Conference


New Wineskins Missionary Network will launch its new ministry, Anglican International Student Mission Network, with a pre-conference on May 31, 2018 in the Philadelphia area.

The Anglican International Student Mission Network (AISMN) is a new initiative of New Wineskins Missionary Network. Mission networks allow people who are interested in a particular type of mission to collaborate, consult, and conference together in an intentional and on-going way that will exponentially increase our missional effectiveness. Leiton and Lisa Espineli Chinn, ISM global experts, and Dr. Mary McDonald, SAMS missionary based in Blacksburg, VA, will be co-leading the ISM mission network and can’t wait to welcome you to our first official AISMN gathering!

Please join us for the launch of the new Anglican International Student Ministry Mission Network! We’ve set up this special day for Anglicans to gather to network, share ideas, and catch the vision for collaborating in Anglican ISM in North America.

Since we’re starting early in the morning, you’ll need to fly or drive into the Philadelphia area the night before so we’ve arranged for some great rates for overnight in the dorms on Wednesday, May 30, and two meals on Thursday, May 31. We also have a commuter rate if you are in the Philly area.

Double Dorm Room Occupancy$70
Single Dorm Room Occupancy$80
Commuter Package $40

*Note: all above packages include breakfast and lunch

We hope you’ll also plan to attend the ACMI Conference which will begin immediately following our one-day conference! The Association for Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) is hosting the premier annual Christian ISM conference at Eastern University, starting May 31 at 4pm until June 2 at 10 pm. We simply could not duplicate the excellent ISM training they offer so we highly recommend your attending the ACMI 2018 Conference “Proclaiming Liberty to All Nations” after our one-day event.

For more information and to register, click here. To help promote this conference, here is an insert your church can include in its Sunday bulletins.

New Wineskins is also interested to hear about your current work with international students. Please tell us what you are doing to reach international students by taking this 5-minute survey. Then, if you’d like, we’ll connect you to a new network of others who are doing similar outreach.

Coaching 101 Workshops Return to Pittsburgh and Northern Virginia


Registration is open for Coaching 101 in Pittsburgh, April 13-14 and Northern Virginia, June 8-9.

For nearly 15 years, Coaching 101 workshops have equipped Christian leaders to nurture, disciple, and develop others to reach their highest potential. What would it look like for your clergy, staff, and ministry volunteers to function at their highest capacity? It could change your congregation, community, and even eternity.

Registration is open for Coaching 101 in Pittsburgh, April 13-14 and Northern Virginia, June 8-9.

“Increasingly, the Anglican church is discovering how beneficial coaching is to leadership,” notes Jenni Bartling, director of Anchored Coaching, a ministry of the Titus Institute. “More and more clergy and lay people are engaging in coach training, and putting the skills they learn in their leadership tool kit.”

Last year’s events were sold out. And recently, nearly 50 clergy attended Coaching 101 workshops the Gulf Atlantic Diocese offered.

As one attendee reflected, “Coaching 101 helped me to see the benefit of leading others using tools that allow them come up with their own solutions, instead of requiring me to be directive all the time. There is freedom in that!”

Coaching 101 participants dig deep into the coaching process, explore techniques for asking powerful questions, practice being an active listener, and leave prepared to coach others at a basic, yet effective, level.
“Coaching 101 was so helpful for the clergy in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese to better grasp how coaching skills can help improve their ministries,” affirmed the Rev. Canon Mark Eldridge. “Knowing how to ask good questions to each other and those they lead is transformative. [Our trainer] did an excellent job helping even some coaching ‘skeptics’ see that coaching really does work! I highly recommend Coaching 101!” 

The workshops are open to anyone interested in developing coaching skills. Learn more at You can direct questions to Jenni by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Rector St James Anglican Church

Worship Leader Church of the Good Shepherd

Call for Feedback on Provincial Canon Amendment Proposals


The Governance Task Force is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to the Anglican Church in North America Canons. Learn more here about the GTF, the feedback process, and the importance of your participation in the discussion.

Imagine a hotel conference room of lawyers nit-picking over Oxford commas, plural versus singular forms, and outlandish hypotheticals and “what ifs.” Then, mix in theological and ecclesiastical minds and context.

Most of you are probably cringing. If you’re not, you should consider law school. If you are, you’ll be grateful for the Governance Task Force.

The Governance Task Force (GTF) is a team from many dioceses of the Anglican Church in North America.  It includes attorneys, clergy, non-attorneys, and a Bishop.  Their challenging task is to draft new church laws (“canons”) and amend existing canons to be presented to the governing bodies (Provincial Council and Provincial Assembly) for adoption and ratification. The GTF was originally formed in 2008 to draft what became the Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in North America. Since then, the GTF’s main task is to receive feedback from diocesan chancellors, the Anglican Lawyers Network, and others for proposed changes to the constitution and canons as needed, and subsequently work to effectively draft the appropriate changes.

Proposed changes range from changing the wording of a canon for more accuracy, efficiency, and protection, to adding new provisions as the need arises or is foreseeable. 

At a GTF meeting, conversations about potential amendment proposals go ‘round and ‘round, talking through hypotheticals in order to develop helpful standards and avoid unintended consequences. To many, this type of conversation sounds tedious and annoying, but to those who end up in relevant situations these conversations are saving graces: the discussion has already occurred, and the policies and expectations are already in place. Order requires clearly stated processes and expectations, and clearly stated processes and expectations require these conversations already be had.

Most recently, these conversations were had in January at the annual Governance Task Force meeting. The 14-member task force met in Atlanta to discuss items brought to their attention over the last year. And now, they are inviting you to join in the process!

Back in 2008, when the GTF was creating the Constitution and Canons from scratch, it elicited feedback from the entire province-in-formation. As the Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, Chairman of the Governance Task Force, explained, “Though it was labor intensive, it enabled us to realize the Holy Spirit was working through different voices and pointing out things we might not otherwise have considered. Opening the process up for feedback enabled the very best possible first set of Constitution and Canons.”

As the Province grows and ecclesial legal issues have become more complex, new and more clearly expressed laws are necessary, and the GTF is again seeking feedback from the Province. “There’s a canon law maxim from Roman law, ‘That which touches all should be decided by all,’” Canon Phil said.

This week, the Governance Task Force opens up its discussion to you, the Province. On the table this year are amendments pertaining to the incapacity of bishops, relationships and accountability within a diocese between bishops, clergy, and laity, marriage, and transfers of congregations between dioceses. (See the proposed amendments here.)

As you’re reading through the proposed canonical changes, keep in mind that the GTF follows two principles, minimalism and subsidiarity. Minimalism guides the GTF to not create canons that are too complicated, in order to remain “missionally lean,” as Canon Phil described. The principle of subsidiarity fulfills the idea that governance is most effective at the level where it is most likely to be settled.  Subsidiarity means that many matters can therefore be left to the dioceses or congregations without having to enact a Provincial canon.

The GTF does its best to work through the leading of the Holy Spirit through prayer and open ears to the voices of those concerned. They trust the Lord will speak to them through you and they welcome your thoughts. And they encourage you to understand how important your voice and input is: “We are still a very young church experiencing growing pains,” says Canon Phil.  “We don’t want to be so legalistic that we frustrate growth of the body, but at the same time, we don’t want destructive growth, like a cancer, to go unchecked. We participate to make the Anglican Church in North America something God blesses. It requires all of us.”

“This is an essential body,” Canon Phil states about the GTF. “We are troubleshooting in the present; prophetic in the sense that we see further down the road where problems might arise. We speak the truth as lovingly as we can. We make sure we do things to protect the integrity of the Anglican Church in North America and its leaders. Please pray for us that God will give us great wisdom to troubleshoot in the present and discernment as we look down the road to the future.”

Please join us in prayer for the GTF and the governance of the Anglican Church in North America. To have your voice heard, review the proposed canonical amendments and provide your feedback here.

For more information about the GTF, click here.

To view a call for feedback directly from Canon Phil, click here.


Feedback will be received until April 15, 2018.
GTF revisions based on feedback: April 16 - April 30, 2018
GTF publishes Second Draft Report on Canonical Additions and Amendments with further adjustments (if necessary) to all ACNA Diocesan delegates to Provincial Council and Diocesan Chancellors, with an invitation to submit any amendments no later than May 18.

GTF revisions based on Feedback from delegates to Provincial Council (Jerusalem 2018) and Diocesan Chancellors: May 19-May 31.

GTF publishes third and final Report on Canonical Additions and Amendments to all delegates to Provincial Council (Jerusalem 2018) and Diocesan Chancellors: June 1.

GTF presents Final Report for approval in Jerusalem by ACNA Provincial Council 2018: June 23, 2018.

Governance Task Force Overview and Process

United Adoration Global Community Songwriting Retreat


September 27-29, 2018
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The United Adoration Global retreat is truly a unique opportunity. It’s not a conference or a seminar, it’s a sacred experience.

For three days, people from around the world will gather to write songs of worship, build relationships with like-hearted brothers and sisters, and be encouraged. It will also be a time to hear stories of healing from some United Adoration community members and hear the vision for United Adoration’s future.

Not only will we gather to engage in the creative process collaboratively, we will also have an opportunity to come together from different churches, cultures, and countries to record.

We will also have some incredible special guests to speak a word of blessing and encouragement over us, including Sergio Villanueva, Andy Piercy, Ryan Flanigan, Ron Allen, Carolyn Allen, Terry and Darlene Wildman, and Malcolm Du Plessis.

Retreat Times
Thursday, September 27 @ 9am to Saturday, September 29 @ 1pm.

Saturday, September 29 @ 1pm - Lunch and tour of Sweetwater Sound
Sunday, September 30 @ 10am - Worship Celebration at Heartland Church

Register today at and join with others from around the world for 3 incredible days as we: Write songs. Build friendships. Forge partnerships. Unleash creativity. Enjoy God’s presence. Eat good food. Fuel vision. Get recharged. Be encouraged. Minister passionately.

REGISTER SOON! Early Bird Pricing is good through August 10.

Worship Leader St Thomas Church

Missionary Curacy Trinity on the Border

Lenten Liturgy Feedback Sought


The Liturgy Task Force will be meeting in the second week of Easter to evaluate and finalize all the special liturgies for Ash Wednesday through Easter Vigil, including also the Great Litany.

Please provide feedback to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than Friday, April 6.  Feedback about all other rites is also welcome, especially (at this time) Midday Prayer, Compline and Family Prayer. 

To access the liturgies, visit the Liturgy page here.

For more information about the request for feedback on other rites, click here.
To learn more about the Liturgy Task Force’s work on the Renewed Coverdale Psalter, click here.

Worship Residency

Fellows Program

Sr High Pastor Church of the Holy Spirit

Missionary Priest Trinity on the Border

School Director Trinity on the Border

Samford’s Beeson Divinity School to Host Anglican Theology Conference in September


The Institute of Anglican Studies at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will host its first Anglican Theology Conference, Sept. 25-26.

This year’s conference, “What is Anglicanism?,” will bring together top scholars and church leaders to probe what it means to be Anglican.

With a membership of approximately 85 million worldwide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  In recent years, its center of gravity has moved to the Global South, where new understandings of Anglicanism have emerged amidst spiritual vitality and dynamic church growth, according to Gerald McDermott, professor of divinity and director of the Institute of Anglican Studies. However, Anglican identity is still contested. The conference will address these issues and more.

Speakers for the conference include Eliud Wabukala, retired archbishop of Kenya; Mouneer Anis, archbishop of Egypt and leader of Anglicanism’s Global South; Foley Beach, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America; Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto; Gerald Bray, research professor at Beeson Divinity School; Barbara Gauthier of Anglican News Update; John Yates III, rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh; Andrew Pearson, dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham; Rusty Reno, editor of First Things (Catholic observer); Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School (Baptist observer); and McDermott.

The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. A book will issue from this conference.

“Anglicanism is at a pivotal moment, but the shape of Anglican orthodoxy is nevertheless debated,” said McDermott. “This conference will help provide a forum for reflection and theological renewal as pastors and leaders propose a new way forward. Theologically-interested Anglicans will not want to miss this.”

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 25, and end at noon on Sept. 26. The cost for the conference is $100 with a $25 discount if registered before June 1. To register for the conference or find more information, visit

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