Is It Our Job? Rethinking Addiction and Recovery Ministry in the Church

 The Rev. John Cox of St. Philip’s Anglican Orlando believes that addictions are just as spiritual as they are physical, yet many churches aren’t informed or equipped to respond. Here, he shares biblical reasons why pastors must engage this burgeoning issue. True or False: Any spiritually and emotionally thriving missional congregation has intentionally or instinctually embedded addiction and recovery ministries into its DNA for pastoral care already. The above statement is true. A local church does not have the option whether or not to “do”…

The Man Behind the Mission’s New Look (Part 2 of 2)

The second part of a Q&A with pioneering designer  Robbie de Villiers, who created The Mission’s website and signature font, Ellume. Read part one here. What is your personal favorite among the fonts you have developed and why? Robbie: I love Ellume. I believe Ellume is the first and only typeface created for a church denomination in the United States and perhaps the world! I am also proud of the fact that I created a font called Werk that is…

Living the Mission Day Brings Unity, Joy to Spartanburg Church

All Saints Church Spartanburg was delighted to present a thank offering to the Lord and to The Mission on Living the Mission Day, February 2. Affirming its role in something bigger, the parish experienced connection with other parishes and recommitment to The Mission itself while giving sacrificially to support church planting. Like many parishes, All Saints was a recipient of Mission resourcing in its early days. “Our church would not be here if it were not for the generosity of…

Pensacola Church Caps Alpha Marriage Course with Renewal of Vows

The Mission Anglican Church (TMAC) in Pensacola, Florida, offered Alpha’s seven-session The Marriage Course this winter, helping to “warm up” couples both within the church and from the community at large. It was the church’s second time to host the class. “The last time we offered The Marriage Course, we were expecting maybe 10-12 couples and ended up with almost 70 people that first evening, which was wonderfully overwhelming,” says the Rev. Lisa Browning, one of TMAC’s deacons and the…

Lent Guide Lends Beauty, Accessibility to Book of Common Prayer

Patrick and Meg Schlabs What if you could simplify the Book of Common Prayer and the Church Year for those new to Anglicanism? That’s what Patrick Schlabs, Worship Pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, set out to do. Here, Patrick shares his inspiration for the Rhythms Project—a two-volume guide to the Church Year that curates the Book of Common Prayer for today’s generation. The first volume of the Rhythms Project walks readers through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany,…

H Miller Transistion

H Miller will be transitioning out of his role as Rector General to pursue new opportunities God has opened up for him and his family. A transition team is in place to determine next steps and find the right individual to step into this role. We are filled with gratitude for H’s exemplary service and pray God’s abundant blessings on his future. Watch H’s video announcement.

How to Help a Friend Who’s Hurting

Have you ever been so wounded that you couldn’t help yourself? Ronda Perry of St. Peter’s Church has been there, and she believes that “Roof People” bring you to the feet of Christ when nobody else can.  I have a friend who loves to help people. She is the first one to bring a meal to a family in grief or a family welcoming a new life. She seems to be in the know about who is sick, out of…

Teens and Elderly Bond Through Christmas Visits

When poinsettias went on sale at Wal-Mart last December, Pamela Sproul had an idea. She and her husband Paul, youth ministers at All Saints Anglican Church in Newport, North Carolina, wanted their youth group, Soldiers for Christ, to do a Christmas ministry to connect older and younger people—more than the Christmas caroling they had done in the past. But so far, nothing seemed right. Until the Holy Spirit gave Pamela the idea of setting up teams of teenagers to visit…

Church Planters Meet Needs of Institutionalized Elderly

What if someone told you there was an untouched mission field in the United States, right under your nose? That’s the news the Revs. Jim and Cathy Amendolia of Living Faith Anglican Church Mesa are spreading to churches across Mesa, Arizona, and beyond. The husband and wife duo planted Living Faith five years ago in Legacy Retirement Village, with the distinct mission of taking the Gospel, liturgy and Eucharist to the elderly population, many of whom are disabled and cannot…