Nearly 200 clergy and lay members from AMiA churches joined their guests and others interested in learning more about building three stream Anglican churches and new worshiping communities for Winter Conference 2018. Focused on the theme “Come & See, Go & Tell”, we were encouraged to “Come & See” with fresh eyes, looking at God, our faith, the world and our role in it, and equipped to “Go & Tell,” serving our Lord on mission in our communities to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in America.
Photos, audio and videos of the highlights from Winter Conference 2018, #ComeSeeGoTell, are included below.
Prayer and Healing Ministry Team Training
Many arrived early for our Prayer and Healing Ministry Team Training, a time to listen, be heard and experience the Holy Spirit, led by Shawne+ Brown and Sheridan Banks, and to serve on the Winter Conference 2018 Prayer Teams throughout the sessions.
+Philip Jones, our Apostolic Vicar, opened Winter Conference 2018 with reflections on the legacy of our founder and leader, +Chuck Murphy, and his vision for AMiA that we continue today; raising up, releasing and supporting leaders and planters to build communities of faith in America. He reminded participants that, “People are struggling with their identity. The culture around them says they are primarily a sexual being or someone who makes big bucks. No. Your identity is that you are a child of God. That is the basis of your self worth.” And he issued the challenge: “Show them Jesus. Show them that he is the one who teaches them how to be fully human.”
Plenary speakers Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling and Dr. David Fitch invited us to “Come & See” our Lord, our faith and our world with new eyes, and challenged us to pursue greater grace and fuller obedience.
Dr. Nordling pointed out that the church is pretty good at the “Go and Tell” as the default setting, but we need to go deeper, to “Come and See” more fully for ourselves, and then we will be better equipped to “go and tell” at a level people where people can respond.
Dr. Fitch challenged participants to remember, “It is the task of the Church to be present in His presence.”
During his talk, “AMiA’s Place in Anglicanism,” Ryan+ Owsley explored how the Anglican Mission in America fits into global and historic Anglicanism, and showed how our place in Anglicanism can help us fulfill our role in the Great Commission.
In “Renewal Hope: Confronting Nostalgia, Comfort, and a Post-Christian Culture,” Caleb+ Miller discussed reasons churches in America are struggling and causes for hope, and he shared how his AMiA church is growing its place in God’s kingdom.
AMiA Music Leaders Network, organized by Ryan Flanigan, gave participants an opportunity to gather and share their insights for leading music for liturgical worship in their churches and faith communities.
In “Setting the Table,” Lyn Baker presented new ways to interact with children and help them see, touch and taste the goodness of God. Audio Available.
In “A Ministry of Mental Health,” author “Catherine P. Downing” covered major mental health conditions and shared practical ways for churches to minister to individuals and families impacted by mental health disorders. Audio Available.
Tribute to Bishop Chuck Murphy by Apostolic Vicar, Philip Jones.
Each morning, +Silas Ng led a special time of prayer and Lectio Divina called “Time with Abba,” centered around the theme, “Anointing for Release.”
Reports from AMiA Vocational and Military Chaplains and commissioning of Jay+ Clark.
Appointment of Ryan+ Owsely as the new Canon for Ecclesiastical Affairs for the AMiA.
Liturgical Folk Concert