For the first time since the inaugural Provincial Assembly in Bedford/Plano, Texas in June of 2009, the Anglican Church in North America is excited to announce the next gathering of the whole church. Assembly 2012 will take place Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Preparations are already underway. You and all the faithful from the Anglican Church in North America are invited to attend!
“My hope is that Assembly 2012 would be a celebration of God’s favor. Many things have happened in these years that show God has blessed and prospered what we’ve done in ways we never imagined. We’ve been doing what we see the Father doing and we want to celebrate that,” said Archbishop Duncan, referencing John 5:19.
Assembly 2012 will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Asheville, N.C. Offering more than just meeting space, Ridgecrest will also provide both lodging and meals to attendees, ensuring one convenient location for meeting participants.
“Provincial Assembly is very much about building up the mission of the church and encouraging the next generation of leaders in our midst,” proclaimed Archbishop Duncan.
A quarter of the participants this year will be young leaders and delegates of our dioceses, between the ages of 16 and 25.
“We are in the transformation business and this Assembly is about equipping captivated disciples to transform communities. Central to that, planting new congregations is principally important if we’re going to reach North America,” Archbishop Duncan continued.
Assembly 2012 will begin following meetings of the Archbishop’s Cabinet, Executive Committee, the College of Bishops, Provincial Council, and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund earlier in the week.
Attendees can expect powerful worship that embraces the fullness of Anglican worship and identity and the beauty of our liturgy. In addition to dedicated times for fellowship, the event will feature the following speakers as well as other special guests for Bible teachings, plenary sessions and workshops.
• Dr. Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research and sought after authority on missional church planting
• The Baroness Caroline Cox, Honorary Chair of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, member of the British House of Lords, and tireless campaigner for human rights around the world
• The Rt. Rev. Rennis Ponniah, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Singapore, one of the most well-known Bible teachers in the Anglican world
• The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter, Founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA and the founding director of Churches for the Sake of Others, the West Coast church planting initiative for The Anglican Mission in the Americas
• The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America
The host dioceses are the Anglican Diocese of the South and the Diocese of the Carolinas (in formation). In addition to the talent and hospitality they will provide to all North American Anglicans, we look forward to welcoming at least a half-dozen Anglican Primates, and many other clergy and lay leaders from around the world.
As the planning and design team, led by The Rev. Steve Wood, vicar general of the Diocese of the Carolinas (in formation) and rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., prepares for the event, our prayer is that Assembly 2012 will equip each of us to Captivate Disciples, Multiply Congregations and Transform Communities.
Please pray about joining the Assembly 2012 in Ridgecrest. We pray that all attendees will be wonderfully blessed by this gathering of God’s people experiencing awesome worship, amazing speakers, extraordinary fellowship and take-away learning.