Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

“Abide with Me”, hymn by Scottish Anglican priest Henry Francis Lyte

A common maxim in business and in our world is that the only constant is change.  Our world continues to change around us, and our churches, while outposts of hope, are not exempted from this change.  The old is being cast down, leaders are changing, ideas are evolving and the new is emerging in its place.  As Christian leaders, we have the opportunity to help shape the future when we make disciples, cultivate tomorrow’s clergy and lay leaders and help plant new Christian communities and churches.

At All Saints Dallas, we have tried to stimulate this culture of leading change by offering structured conversations to help people listen to what God is saying to them, called Transformational Conversations.  We offer small groups where community and Holy Scripture become the voices that lead people to encounter our Lord.  And our hope and prayer is that these efforts lead to new disciples, new leaders and new places for people to find hope in our God.

As the Apostolic Vicar of our work here in America, our mission is clear. My prayer is that each of you are equipped and eager for the work of discipling others as they follow Jesus, cultivating and developing emerging leaders and fostering environments where new works and new churches are birthed.  Our culture is hungry for the Lord and God has raised us up for a time just like this, to speak hope to a hurting world.

Please join us in Dallas January 25-28, 2017 for Winter Conference where we will gather together to discuss discipling, raising up leaders and how those two things together naturally create new communities committed to following Jesus in discipling others. Come and see. Behold What Comes!

 

Faithfully,

+Philip