Provincial Assembly Recap
Have you ever wondered why God called YOU to live in America – a “nation of nations,” not to mention in the Washington D.C. metroplex, which has become a crossroads of the world? I don’t know about you, but my vision for helping to make disciples of all nations in our NOVA mission field grows when I visit our local Walmart, grocery stores, restaurants, or gas stations, where I encounter neighbors from around the world wearing their ethnic fashions, speaking in various languages, and cooking their favorite foods – like the precious Middle Eastern family who lives across the street who brought Glorianne and me the culinary gifts of curried chicken, scrumptious veggies, baklava and other honey laced sweets during their celebration of Ramadan, complete with a special greeting card expressing their desire to share their Islamic faith with their neighbors.
My vision for the fields being white unto harvest in our nation of nations increased exponentially when I recently attended the “Mission On Our Doorstep” hosted by the Anglican Church in North America, which is comprised of over 1,000 congregations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces (plus congregations in Mexico and Cuba), at the Campus of Wheaton College, with Pastor Clancy, Deacon Darryl, and Bart Murnion.
A keynote message from our beloved ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, set the tone for Assembly 2017 which exhorted over 1400 conferees to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest (Luke 10:2) “on our doorstep.” Other messages that included exhortations like “God didn’t save you to sit in a pew,” preached by Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria, prepared way for seminars and workshops that explored themes related to:
- Having a missional mindset as we “go on mission” each day into our community
- Relying on the Holy Spirit to empower us for spontaneous ministry to those whom God providentially places in our path each day
- Enlisting and mentoring a new generation of servant-leaders for evangelism and discipleship who multiply our efforts through mentoring other disciples (2 Timothy 2:2)
- Initiating conversations and extending hospitality to international students (over a million are now attending colleges and universities in North America) and families who they meet in their communities
Other Assembly 2017 highlights included welcoming the Diocese of South Carolina with a thundering applause – the oldest religious jurisdiction in the United States – one of nine founding dioceses of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, to the ACNA, with 53 active churches, an average Sunday, 22,149 baptized members, an average Sunday attendance of 9085, and 142 clergy; and consecrating, The Rev. Andy Lines, as a new Missionary Bishop for Europe.
I would strongly encourage you to visit the ACNA’s website at: www.anglicanchurch.net, to listen to the messages and access other information related shared at Assembly 2017. You will not only be encouraged in your walk with Christ, but catch a fresh vision for how “the Lord of the harvest” wants to use YOU to help gather his harvest here in northern Virginia!