Bishop Philip JonesDear Friends of the Anglican Mission,

The Lord is here. And his spirit is with us.

I felt his spirit strongly last week at the Winter Conference as many of you did. I continue to see his favor poured out over us and I am thankful. We simply set the table, and God provided the feast.

I want to give a huge thanks to all of you that came together to celebrate, fellowship and worship in Dallas. For some of you the trip was difficult, physically and financially. For others, it was a struggle, wrestling with fears of what you would find there, not wanting to come, or coming to see if the Mission is still standing.

God answered all of us in glorious ways. There were tears of healing, tears of relief, tears of reconciliation, laughter and hugging. There were bishops dancing and singing in their bishop’s robes, spontaneous prayers, and laying on of hands both in the hallways and in the lobby, not only for our participants but also for the staff members at the hotel. Joy flowed out from our meeting rooms and ballroom and into the whole place.

Winter Conference 2016 Opening Worship

Opening Worship at Winter Conference 2016. Photo Credit Christena Dowsett

The tone was set from the beginning when the Lord put on my heart three words: Humility, Clarity and Unity. During the Opening Worship I asked all gathered to pray for these for me, for the Mission, for themselves, and for their congregations. Who knew that these words would end up describing so many people’s reflections of the Winter Conference? Others describe their experience to me with words like amazed, hope, community, organic, sacred, encouraged, and authenticity. We were blessed to have so many visitors looking to the Mission for church planting and for churches that are looking to move into the Mission. Thank you Lord!

In the coming weeks, we will be posting videos of Winter Conference to our webpage. I encourage all of you (whether you attended Winter Conference or not) to watch Simon’s talks as well as the mini-talks given by our AMIA clergy and guests.

As we move together into the season of Lent, I ask you to continue to pray for all these things, especially humility, clarity and unity, to take root and grow and flourish in the Anglican Mission. And, as our speaker Simon Ponsonby encouraged us, let us continue to ask for more of the Spirit.

God bless you,
+Philip