The Anglican Mission in America and Three Streams
Who We Are
Established in the Anglican tradition, founded in the first-century church and developed during the English Reformation, AMiA is distinctly, and equally, nourished by these three streams;
SCRIPTURE: We hold that Scripture guides our lives and is the authority for us, as individuals and for the whole Church (known as the evangelical tradition).
SACRAMENTS: We believe the sacramental life is embodied in the sacraments instituted by Jesus, and in the creeds, practices and teachings, based upon those sacraments, that Christians have held throughout the centuries (known as the catholic tradition).
SPIRIT: We trust the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, in the world, and in each of those who confess Jesus as the Son of God, the Christ, manifesting His power and preparing us for ministry through the bounty of His gifts (known as the charismatic tradition).
What We Do
The Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) is an Anglican society of gospel-centered leaders and churches introducing people to Jesus, making disciples and developing leaders who plant three-stream Anglican churches. We exist to raise, release and encourage leaders, planters, and communities of faith to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in America.
Why a Society?
As a society we are able to support Christian mission, such as evangelism, education, economic development and church planting thru biblical models whose origins are traced back to Acts chapter 13, when St. Paul and Barnabas were identified by the Holy Spirit and sent out by the church in Antioch. St. Patrick and his successors further embodied this missional approach in Ireland centuries later, and it has continued throughout the history of the Church.
The AMiA Plan of Mission
As a society that aspires to create a movement of excellence, the following strategies and systems are in place for long-term sustainability:
1. LEADERSHIP ADVANCEMENT IS PRIORITIZED
Trusting that it is God who initially calls forth leadership, we seek to join him in recognizing, recruiting, resourcing, releasing and supporting leaders prepared for evangelism and apostolic works, primarily for the work of church planting. This investment includes discerning the call, character, competency and chemistry of emerging leaders, developing and equipping identified emerging leaders, and supporting them for a lifetime of growth and success on mission and in life through:
• relational connections with like-minded peers;
• shared learning through workshops, retreats, internships and residencies;
• continued growth and leadership care through coaching.
2. MISSION IS STRATEGICALLY CATALYZED
By supporting our mission (resource) churches, mission chapels and mission plants, the AMiA is committed to evangelism and apostolic works, primarily through church planting. The AMiA seeks excellence and success in church planting by providing:
• comprehensive church-planting assessment;
• contextual boot camps for planters and teams;
• strategic development and coaching for implementation.
3. OPERATIONS AND RESOURCES ARE STREAMLINED
Our structures are simple so as to keep our mission central. Under the authority of the Lead Bishop, the AMiA streamlines its operational oversight of leaders and communities of faith through the Executive Director, Leadership Team and staff. Additionally, the Council of Bishops serves to "push out" into new missionary works, sustaining the vision of mission and loving and pastoring as spiritual fathers.
4. GODLY PARTNERS ARE PURSUED
Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me..”
Living into this prayer, the AMiA seeks to partner in passion and purpose with an ever-expanding network of gospel relationships, both in America and around the world. With humility and expectation, we aspire to serve and lead all who are called to join us on mission with God.
For more information, please visit the AMiA Theological Vision webpage.
For resources and community related to three-stream living, visit threestreamliving.org.