Seeing God’s Provision in the Planting Process

By Allison Kalteyer, member of the St. Patrick’s Dallas launch team My husband, Robert, and I have seen God’s grace, provision and faithfulness firsthand since being involved in the planting of St. Patrick’s Anglican Church in Dallas, Texas. The road to finding St. Patrick’s first began in mid-2020. The season of 2020 has been a challenging, isolating time for many. With this season, we felt called to find a new church home as we had a deep longing to connect…

St. Patrick’s Dallas: Building a New Church Community

Named after the saint known for taking the gospel to Ireland, St. Patrick’s Dallas is built on the belief that the call to make disciples is not the responsibility of just one person, but the joy of the whole church. Just as St. Patrick’s ministry in the fifth century involved a team of clergy, lay people and students, this new gathering of believers, launched last month, seeks to bring redemption in Northwest Dallas through a church community filled with grace…

Church Planting: Boundaries, Balance, Rest

Rev. Dr. Jay Wright with All Saints Dallas and church planter for St. Bartholomew’s shares insights for other church planters. 

Staying Connected and Leaning In: Singles in Church Community

Singles make up a huge proportion of the American population. A 2017 Pew Research study found that 42% of adults in the U.S. live without a spouse or partner. And, among those under 35, singles are the majority, comprising 61% of young adults. However, church congregations often do not reflect the high proportion of singles in the general population: A Barna study conducted around the same time found that less than a quarter of active churchgoers are single. Effectively reaching…

Disciple-Making as Culture-Building

By Dustin Messer, Curate at All Saints Dallas When describing the ministry of All Saints Dallas, our rector, +Philip Jones, is fond of saying: “We’re building a culture of radical inclusivity and profound transformation.” You see, individuals are no doubt transformed by God; but the Spirit uses embodied things like institutions and cultures to shape His people. Therefore, if we want to be disciple-makers, we have to be culture-builders. This can’t be taken for granted. Until very recently, academics who…

Could Every Church Plant?

By Ric Thorpe This post was originally published on the AMiA blog in 2014. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2  In Shadwell, East London, a stone’s throw from the ancient City of London walls, the local population includes 45% Bangladeshi Muslims, 45% young professional people and 10% indigenous Londoners (“Cockneys”). In 2005, before we first planted St. Paul’s Shadwell, 10 people…

From the Lead Bishop: Pentecost and Church Planting

Bishop Philip Jones sets the stage for the observance of Pentecost (the birth of the Church) and shares how AMiA continues the ministry of church planting.

Witches, Worship and Why I’m Anglican

By Rev. Drew Witt, Founder and Lead Pastor of Gathering Midtown Church, San Antonio, Texas First, the Backstory I felt the call to plant a church in the summer of 2011. Honestly, I didn’t want to plant a church. In 2007 I helped start a church, and was comfortable being the number-two guy. I was keenly aware of the high cost and toil of church planting. Like an NCAA freshman at Kentucky or Duke, I was “one and done”—or so…

Three Streams: A Template for Identity and Worship

Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament form identity for worship. By Aaron Allison, Lead Pastor of The Church at Indian Lake, Hendersonville, Tennessee The Church at Indian Lake (CIL) is in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a growing suburb of Nashville. Our church is ten years old, and has Assemblies of God and Southern Baptist roots.  We have been including liturgical elements in our worship since our inception. Through our friendship with the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) members in recent years, we have gained needed…

Coffee With a Friend: Jay+ Wright, Part 2

On July 1, All Saints Dallas East became St. Bartholomew’s. We followed up with Jay+ Wright, rector of this newly independent church, to hear how God has been working at St. Bartholomew’s as they take this significant step, and what Jay+ sees in the years to come. Congratulations! What was that first Sunday of worship like as an independent church? Church was really celebratory. It had a really great energy about it. It was a nice start to the new…