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News – ANiC and AEN
A report and call to action from our bishops regarding church growth
bishops, western archdeacons and dean of Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada
(AMMiC) met on March 20, prior to the clergy retreat. They reviewed parishes
within ANiC in order to develop a better understand of factors influencing
church growth and decline. From this review, they identified seven common
say, “We would like to stimulate a dialogue within parishes about these –
and perhaps additional – factors so that we can grow in our mission to
make Christ known. We challenge each ANiC congregation to discuss these –
and perhaps other – factors in the context of your church’s experience;
then submit to your archdeacon a brief one or two page summary of your conclusions
and how you can address the barriers to growth that you identify.”
factors influencing church growth
to Christ cause the greatest growth
many changes in quick succession demoralise and discourage people and
resulting in member loss.
teaching and preaching creates an attraction and therefore growth.
that reach outside the parish vs waiting for those outside to come in,
that have members who are risk tolerant cope better and lose fewer
prayer of the parish, in organised sessions, correlates with growth.
back to old ACoC DNA, vs being mission-minded, is a death knoll.
your interest and prayer support, these are some of the activities on our
Bishop Stephen Leung was in Calgary this past weekend
for the worship service of a forming Cantonese-speaking congregation numbering
about 25 – many of whom are still seekers.
Bishop Don Harvey and Charlie Masters will participate
in the joint Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Day service of St Timothy’s (Montreal),
Emmaus (Montreal) and St James (Lennoxville).
Bishop Don, accompanied
by the Rev Ray David Glenn, will be part of the ACNA delegation attending the GAFCon
Leadership Conference in London, England, April 23 - 27.
will be in Abbotsford over the Holy Week, leading the Good Friday stages of the
Cross and preaching on Easter Sunday at St Matthew's. In late April, he plans to accompany Bishop Charles and Claudia
Dorrington to Cuba. Bishop Dorrington leads the ACNA’s Diocese of
Western Canada & Alaska and
the Mission District of Cuba of the Reformed Episcopal Church. On the diocese’s
website, Bishop Dorrington tells of the
growth in the Church in Cuba, saying, “What began in the fall of 2003 with only
eight people has now grown by the end of this trip in May to 7 churches and 7
church plants, with a total of 650 people being served by 5 Presbyters, 1
Deacon, and 7 Lay Readers. We are now in 7 of the 12 Provinces of Cuba.”
Don asks us to pray for the Rev Paul Carter who suffered another heart attack
on March 24 in North Vancouver, BC – as well as his wife Lois and his
daughters. Paul+ is a priest in the Anglican Coalition in Canada, which is a
ministry partner with ANiC, and is well known to many in ANiC. His first heart
attack five years ago resulted in some brain damage. Praise God that immediate
medical attention this time, not only saved his life, but prevented further
and regional news
(Toronto, ON) has a new meeting
location. Effective next Sunday, April 1, the people of St Chad’s will worship
at 213 Winona Drive (Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church), Toronto. Service
times are: Sunday at 4:30pm and Tuesday at 10:30am.
John’s, Newfoundland – In the latest edition of the brief Anglican Perspective video, Canon Phil Ashey talks about his time ministering in St John’s to
parishioners from two ANiC churches – St Stephen the Martyr and Church of
the Good Samaritan. He commends the churches for their focus on Bible study and
starting preaching stations elsewhere on the Island. Canon Ashey was in St
John’s to teach the American Anglican Council’s Sure Foundation program.
St James (Lennoxville, QC) is marking its 1st year as an ANiC church plant by
launching a regular liturgical service on Easter Sunday.
(Vancouver, BC) will
hold a special service on Saturday, April 14 at 3pm to consecrate their church
building. It will be a time of thanksgiving, witness and rededication as the congregation
marks God’s goodness in allowing
them to pay off the mortgage. Please join the people of Good Shepherd at the
service, if you can, and, if you can’t attend, do join them in giving thanks to
God. Good Shepherd’s address is 189 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver.
St John’s Vancouver is planning a short mission trip to India,
A4D Ultreya meeting is set for Friday, March 30 at
7:30pm at St Peter's by the
Park (ANiC), 55 Victoria Avenue North, Hamilton, ON.
baptisms and confirmations
Church of the Ascension (Langley, BC) – Three
adult parishioners will be confirmed on April 22 with Bishop Ron as the celebrant.
Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) – On Easter Sunday, Bishop Stephen will baptize
three adult parishioners and three children. Later, on April 17, he will
baptize two adults and one child, as well as confirm three adults, all involved
with the restaurant workers’ ministry in Richmond, BC.
Please email parish news, including upcoming baptisms and confirmations, to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.
report from the Congo
Bisoga, from the Diocese of Kindu in the Congo, has provided the Anglican
Relief and Development Fund Canada with an interim report from our most recent fundraising project. This project is helping reestablish returning refugees in their communities by
providing the means to earn a living through farming. Mr Bisoga reports that,
in implementing the project to date, they now have almost 48 of 60 hectares
under cultivation, are in the process of rehabilitating 10 fishes ponds,
distributed over 1000 kg of rice and other seed as well as farming tools such
as machetes, axes and hoes. In addition, agricultural training is being
provided, along with training in peace building. Photos are also posted on the
ARDFC website. ARDFC has now sent all the funds needed to complete this project
to the Diocese of Kindu.
from Congo showing the implementation of the project – distribution of
seed and farming tools, agricultural training, and fish farm development
– are posted on the
is has now begun to raise funds for micro-finance projects run by our field
partners in Myanmar and Peru that help impoverished women start small
businesses to support their children. More details are on the
Ferris was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation recently. He was “down under” in his
role as a Rotarian advocating for the eradication of polio. Ramesh is the son
of Bishop Ron and Jan Ferris. Bishop Ron is rector of Church of the Ascension,
and ACNA events calendar
14 – Good Shepherd,
Vancouver celebration and
23-27 – GAFCon Leadership Conference, London, England
June 7-9 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
11-12 – Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) conference,
14-16 – ANiC synod, clergy day and lay conference in Ottawa
News – Anglican Church in
North America (ACNA)
Youth program added to ACNA
You don’t have to be an official
delegate to attend the June 7-9 ACNA
Provincial Assembly in Ridgecrest, North Carolina
– the first gathering of the entire Church since the ACNA was founded. Like
ANiC synods, the Provincial assembly will be a time of inspirational teaching
and wonderful fellowship. A special youth gathering will run in conjunction
with the ACNA Assembly on June 7-9. The cost for youth is only $100.
Search for a vicar for the
Anglican1000 ministry office will be moving to Pittsburgh where ACNA is
headquartered and ACNA is searching for applicants for the position of Vicar (Director) for Anglican 1000. The
Anglican1000 office is “the provincial catalyst for making church planting the
central enterprise of the Anglican Church in North America”. Archbishop Duncan
asks us to pray and think about who might be able to fill this role. A job
description is posted online. Application deadline is April 8.
and resources from the third annual Anglican1000 church planting summit
attending by nearly 400 church planters and potential church planters, are now online – as well as resources from the previous two summits. These resources
• Audio of plenary sessions and sermons (under the Audio tab)
• Recaps from Scot McKnight and Bishop John Guernsey
• Transcripts of field reports from some
• Notes from
Paul Loyless' communication workshop
• Live blog of
Bob Duncan’s closing
for Church of England to recognize the ACNA
In a letter to the Church of England Newspaper, Canon Michael Green recounts his observations of the Anglican Church
in North America (ACNA) based on his time in the US. He notes the growth of the
ACNA. He says, “…the
ACNA is on the move. Many of its congregations are small, meeting in gymnasia,
large homes, or borrowed buildings from other churches. Their attitude is
positive, their aim is outreach, and their sacrifices are impressive. No wonder
75 per cent of the Anglican Communion recognise them (while half the Provinces
of the Communion are in broken or impaired communion with the Episcopal
Church). Surely it is high time for the Church of England to give them the
recognition they merit.”
ACNA parishes apply to the Supreme Court
Canon lawyer A S Haley reports that, “In a well-coordinated move, Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia and Bishop Seabury parish in Groton,
Connecticut have each filed a
petition for review of the decisions in their respective cases by the United
States Supreme Court.” A third case involving a Presbyterian church was filed
earlier. A S Haley concludes, “For now, we may take heart that the United
States Supreme Court has three petitions in front of it, each of which raises
the identical question for it to resolve.” However, he notes that the US
Supreme Court has not accepted a church property case for 33 years.
Other news in brief
Fellowship of Confessing
In a letter from the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), Archbishop Peter
Jensen (Sydney, Australia) asks for our prayers for the upcoming leadership meeting in London, England on
April 23-27. More than 200 delegates from 30 Anglican Provinces are
anticipated. The purpose of the event is to build on the work of the 2008
Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCon) held in Jerusalem and “help turn the present crisis moment into a visionary future”. The Fellowship of
Confessing Anglicans is the ongoing ministry begun by GAFCon. The two ANiC
members participating in this “by invitation only” event are Bishop Don Harvey
and the Rev Ray David Glenn. We are asked to pray for conference preparations,
travel safety, conference finances, and God’s guidance in the sessions and
outcomes. If you wish to join the FCA, you can do so
Anglican Church of Canada
The Anglican Journal reports that former Archbishop of Toronto Terrence Finlay
participated in a public service of reconciliation with the priest he frocked
in 1992 for refusing to leave a homosexual relationship. “In his apology, Archbishop Finlay said that
although he had personally wanted to be supportive of Ferry, he was obliged to
follow the policies of the church as they were back in 1991…Ironically, since
his retirement in 2004, Archbishop Finlay has found himself on the receiving
end of disciplinary action. After he married two friends who were lesbian, he
received a reprimand and his licence to officiate was temporarily suspended.” Current Toronto Archbishop Colin Johnson had already restored the priest’s
licence and made him an honourary assistant.
The Anglican Journal reports that Huron College’s new
chair in Islamic Studies, Dr Ingrid Mattson, a convert to Islam, will join the
Anglican Church of Canada’s London, Ontario-based college faculty of theology
on July 1.
The Anglican Samizdat reports that the Diocese of Toronto will host a gathering of
“close to 20 bishops” from the US Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church and
several African countries – Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi,
Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Ghana and Sudan – with the purpose of “building better
relationships between national churches”.
Dr Rowan Williams has announced that he will step down as Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of
this year in order to assume the position of Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge. Many have commented on this development.
In reflecting on Rowan Williams’ legacy, Canon Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council argues that GAFCon, with a clear focus on the
Lord Jesus, is the way of the future for Bible-believing Anglicans. He says, “I
suggest that it doesn’t really matter who the next Archbishop of Canterbury is…
Anglican beliefs and practices are based on the supremacy of Christ in the life
of the believer and in the life of the Church as He revealed in scripture. It
is Christ that holds us together and Christ that always will. No other man or
office can take His place.”
Archbishop Nicholas Okoh Primate
of the Church of Nigeria bluntly states that Dr Williams is
leaving “a Communion in tatters: highly polarized, bitterly factionalized with
issues of revisionist interpretation…” George Conger explains in his insightful article that Dr Williams was
hampered by an ineffectual staff, but also, and more importantly, he was seen
by Primates as being untrustworthy. He says, “These sentiments are not based on single events. They came as the
cumulative effect of a belief in the systematic betrayal of their concerns
coupled with a feeling that Dr. Williams was patronizing them.”
Last week’s edition of the Anglican Unscripted video newsmagazine focused entirely on Dr
Williams’ term in office and the appointment of his successor.
A New York Times article says of his leadership, “The result has been a depressing public ineffectuality for a man charged
with leading the world’s third-largest Christian body… Williams rarely missed
an opportunity to soft-pedal around an important debate.”
Singapore theologian Canon
Michael Poon came to a radically different conclusion. He told the Christian Post that “Dr Rowan Williams is arguably the most sensitive and erudite theologian
in the Anglican world… This, sadly, makes him an elusive leader for those who
demand theological certainty and swift ecclesiastic action at times when
patience and moderation are needed.”
The Catholic Herald’s perspective was: “The Church of England being
what it is, no Archbishop of Canterbury can succeed: but Rowan Williams has
failed more disastrously than most. He is supposed to be a theologian: but his
actions have been theologically incoherent.”
The process for appointing Dr
Williams’ successor involves a Crown Nominations Commission selecting and
submitting a preferred and an alternative candidate to the Prime Minister of
England who in turn sends the name to the Queen. A more detailed description of
the process is posted on the Archbishop of Canterbury website. Archbishop Peter Jensen
of Sydney advises, “With the majority of Anglicans now from theologically conservative
churches of the Global South, the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the
future will demand a deepening appreciation of their place in the Communion.” The Church Times profiles some of the leading candidates. The Telegraph reports the Crown Nominations Commission intends to consult broadly by using social
media such as Twitter as well as by consulting “senior figures in other faiths,
the secular world and the life of the nation”.
the majority of Church of England (CoE) dioceses have voted against the
Covenant now, the motion to approve it can not be debated by the CoE General
Synod until at least 2015. In reporting this news, Anglican Mainstream quotes Bishop Michael Nazir Ali saying, “I am disappointed that the
Anglican Communion Covenant, even in its watered down version, has failed to gain
the support of the Church of England. This now means that the Jerusalem Statement (2008) is now 'the only game in town.'"
Writing on the Fulcrum Forum website, Dr Andrew Goddard explores the ramifications of this latest
development. He says, “Neither the Communion nor the Church of England can
remain unchanged by this development which makes it harder for Anglicanism’s distinctive
historic tradition and global communion of churches to “survive with all its
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that eight Provinces have approved or subscribed to the Covenant
– Ireland, Mexico, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia, Southern
Africa, the Southern Cone and the West Indies. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary
General of the Anglican Communion, says, “Consideration of the Covenant
continues across the Anglican Communion and this was always expected to be a
Writing on the Anglican Ink website, Dr Stephen Noll concludes that the Anglican Covenant will not save the
“marriage” of the theologically estranged members of the Anglican Communion. He
reasons, “…from my pastoral experience, denial is the worst possible basis for marital reconciliation, and denial is what we
are dealing with in a Covenant that involves no repentance and no discipline.”
Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis, Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle
East, has expressed his sorrow at the passing of Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of the Orthodox Church
of Egypt, saying he was a great example, teacher, patriot and defender of the
rights of Christians. Bishop Anis adds, “Our relationship to the Coptic
Orthodox Church is the strongest among the different denominations in Egypt.” The
pope’s death comes at a time of increased persecution of Christians in Egypt. Christianity Today has full coverage of Pope Shenouda’s life and a recent history of the Orthodox Church in
The Daily Mail reports that the European Court of Human Rights has rules that same-sex
marriage is not a human right. The article also notes that “The ruling also
says that if gay couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings
will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.”
Compass Direct News reports that Christians and churches are being targeted by the government and
military in Sudan in what some characterize as ethnic cleansing. It says, “The
United Nations estimates the conflict has displaced 400,000 people, with
300,000 in danger of starving within a month. Additionally, the U.N.
Commissioner for Refugees estimates there are 185,000 refugees from South
Kordofan and Blue Nile in South Sudan and Ethiopia.” Please pray for Archbishop
tactics – The StandFirm
blog outlines the pattern of
revisionist subversion in a Church and how Churches can prepare for and defend
against such subversion of the Faith.
The Sydney Anglicans website suggests using social
media to invite people to church at Easter. See their website for examples of effective uses of social
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Just for fun
policeman pulls a man over for speeding and asks him to get out of the car.
looking the man over, he says, "Sir, I couldn't help but notice your eyes
are bloodshot. Have you been drinking?"
indignantly responds, "Officer, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are
glazed. Have you been eating doughnuts?"
cannot prevent the storms in our lives, but we can dance in the puddles.
a word from our sponsor
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and
he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and
your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and
delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that
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steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a
leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you
do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of
the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him
while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and
to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your
ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that
goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall
accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in
peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come
up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that
shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 55 ESV
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