Mental Health as Mission

When an individual or family faces a mental health crisis, often they turn first to their faith community for help and support. It’s important, therefore, that AMiA churches become informed and be ready to embrace the opportunity to minister. According to psychologist Dr. Matthew Stanford, co-founder of The Grace Alliance, it is the Church that [...]

May 16th, 2019|Church Life, Evangelism and Outreach|

Mental Illness, Prayer and Extravagant Grace

By Catherine P. Downing This blog was previously posted on sparksofredemptivegrace.com. It is reposted here with permission of the author. I can’t honestly say I am thankful for the mental illness that besets our son. But in full truthfulness I can say I am glad to have been forced to do battle with my theology [...]

May 9th, 2019|Church Life, Evangelism and Outreach|

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, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals and many others—we were all together praying for the renewal and transformation of our society. […]

February 21st, 2019|alpha, Evangelism and Outreach|

Living the Mission: Equipped to Equip

Caleb+ Miller and Ethan+ Harrison of Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Florida When Caleb+ Miller became rector of Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Florida in 2015, +Sandy Green had some words of advice. “He told me that one of the things any church has to do is to figure out where it's been [...]

December 20th, 2018|Evangelism and Outreach, New Works|

Redemption in the Wake of a Hurricane

Members of All Saints and members of the Anglican Disaster Preparedness and Relief Team partnered to help many members of the church and their neighbors. Dave+ Linka, rector of All Saints Anglican Church in Newport, North Carolina, calls the night Hurricane Florence hit at full force “without doubt the scariest evening in my [...]

November 8th, 2018|Evangelism and Outreach|

Where Jesus Is

It’s a Thursday evening in Oak Cliff, an area in southwest Dallas. Members of The Well Community are gathering for their weekly worship service and fellowship dinner. For many, this will be their only hot meal of the week. For most, it is the only church service they feel they can attend, the only one where they feel welcomed. As individuals who struggle daily with severe mental health difficulties and the related challenges of poverty, isolation and other physical illnesses, members of The Well Community are thankful to gather to worship and pray for one another, safe from the starring eyes of stigma. Each week various area church groups, civic clubs and neighbors provide and serve the nutritious meal. This week it is a pastorate (small group) and others from All Saints Dallas. Ryan Flanagan, All Saint’s worship leader joins members of The Well to kick off the time of singing old, familiar hymns with gusto and joy.  […]

May 23rd, 2018|Evangelism and Outreach|

Mental Health and the Church

May is “Mental Health Awareness Month” and to help you and your congregation to learn more, we asked Carol Dowsett, the AMiA Communications Coordinator and an author and advocate for families dealing with mental illnesses, to share some thoughts. Carol also taught a breakout session on the Ministry of Mental Health at the 2018 Winter [...]

May 17th, 2018|Evangelism and Outreach|

Snack Pak 4 Kids: Consistently Demonstrating the Love of God

It was during a talk by Reggie McNeal during the Anglican Mission in America’s Winter Conference in 2012 that Leslie Kingman first felt God put the burden on her heart. Reggie’s admonition that the church should be a community that shows the love of Jesus, coupled with learning about a program that provided food for [...]

April 5th, 2018|Evangelism and Outreach|

Alpha at All Saints Dallas: Introducing Christian Community

On Tuesday nights at a bar in Dallas, a group of over 100 people from diverse worldviews and backgrounds gathers to share food and discuss matters of faith. During each session of this 10-week Alpha Course, hosted by All Saints Dallas, participants listen to a 30-minute talk [...]

March 8th, 2018|Church Life, Evangelism and Outreach|

A Heart for the Homeless

It is estimated that more than a half a million Americans are homeless on any given night.* How can the Church respond to such a large need? Desert Mission Anglican Church in Phoenix started by considering how to love well the 5,600 homeless in Maricopa County, Arizona. The church learned that through partnership with I-HELP Sunnyslope they could begin to make a difference. The organization is a collaborative effort facilitated by IMPACT Phoenix and seeks to reduce the number of people in the community living with the challenges of homelessness. We talked to Nathan+ Hale, rector of Desert Mission, about how his congregation has seen God at work through their efforts. […]

January 3rd, 2018|Church Life, Evangelism and Outreach|