The Value of Prophetic Ministry

By Dave+ Larlee, Vicar of All Saints Dallas I was recently talking to someone who hadn’t attended church since childhood. After inviting them to attend an Alpha course, their answer gave me pause. “Why would I attend church? I already know what’s wrong with me.” I pivoted, changed my approach and offered to pray for them. As I invited the Spirit of God to bless them, I had a very faint sense that they had a gift to bring beauty…

Building Marriages to Strengthen Communities

Although COVID-19 has presented many challenges for all of us, it has also opened up some new possibilities. All Saints Dallas (ASD) Vicar David+ Larlee, with his wife, Rachel, recently seized just such an opportunity. They hosted an online Alpha Marriage Course. Sixty couples participated, including 30 from ASD, 10 from The Gathering in San Antonio and others with no connection to a church. Some had been married only a few years, others more than 30. The course covered seven…

How a Safe Conversations Workshop Can Help Couples During the Coronavirus

During this unprecedented global pandemic, many couples and families find themselves spending more time than usual cooped up at home with one another. Stress is high for many reasons, including worries about health and financial security, let alone simply finding enough toilet paper at the grocery store or carving out a few minutes of alone time for self-care. Now, more than ever, it’s important that couples treat each other with kindness and compassion. But how, when it’s so easy to…

Living Classroom: Revelation at St Ann’s

      WHAT WE LEARNED FROM LIVING CLASSROOM   In October AMiA sponsored Living Classroom, a three-day teaching event to equip clergy and lay leaders for the front lines. Living Classroom offered workshops and classes to give participants tools to address questions like “What are other churches doing to grow and flourish?” “How do we set a new course for our church?” “How do we identify and develop leaders in our church?” and “What does it look like to…

Experiencing the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit day or weekend retreat has always been a high point in the life of churches where I have served. Although it is part of the Alpha program, all Alpha participants for that season and all of our parishioners are encouraged to come and to bring friends. Because we seem to find so little teaching on the role of the power of the Holy Spirit in the church today, we try to make it as available as possible.

Alpha: A Tool for Transformation

By David+ Larlee, Vicar of All Saints Dallas From the inner city of Detroit to the Colorado Rockies, to trailer parks in North Texas to the frozen plains of the Midwest, 1,100 church leaders recently gathered together at the 2019 Alpha Conference to seek the Lord and his Kingdom. These leaders were as diverse as possible in terms of their ethnic, economic and denominational backgrounds. We met to worship, learn from one another and pray for each other. Catholics, Anglicans,…