Welcoming the Stranger

When *Mary came out of the MRI machine, she looked terrified. Father Gabriel Ipasu of New Covenant Church had accompanied her to the appointment and asked her what was wrong. “I heard gunshots,” Mary told him. Mary, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was hesitant at first to tell her Doctor what she heard, but with support from Fr. Ipasu, she shared. “I was able to talk through with her what was going on,” explained Fr. Ipasu. “I told…

All Saints East: Watching and Responding

  “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27 November 1, 2015, was a long awaited day for Father Jay Wright. On that day, more than 60 adults and 40 children gathered to worship, receive the Eucharist, witness two baptisms, and celebrate the launch of weekly worship services of All Saints East, a church plant that Fr. Wright and his wife Amy had begun dreaming about in 2012. Stirrings In 2012, the…

Being the Church: Snack Pak 4 Kids

Members of Grace Northridge Church assemble summer snack packs in their new church building.   In 2011, if you’d asked Leslie Kingman, a member of Grace Northridge Church in San Antonio, how she was doing on community outreach, she would tell you she was doing pretty well. “In my old way of thinking, outreach was pretty simple,” recounted Kingman. “You found a project, you did a project, and then the project was over.” Then, in 2012, Kingman and 13 other…

God in the Dorms: Equipping Leaders at GCU

When I sat down to interview Nathan Hale a few weeks ago, I expected to hear some good stories. Hale is, after all, a missionary kid that grew up in West Africa, a deacon and worship leader at Desert Mission Anglican Church, and a staff member in the Spiritual Life Department at Grand Canyon University (GCU). When I asked him for his favorite story about college ministry, he hesitated, then began with a disclaimer. “It’s not a flashy or dramatic…

Backpacks and Prayers: Partnering with Wilson Elementary

When the congregation at St. Andrews Church in Little Rock, AR, moved into their building eight years ago, their leadership prayed for a way to be an agent of hope in their community. They began a partnership with Wilson Elementary school, where a majority of students deal with financial issues, come from unstable homes, or face English language challenges. Below is an excerpt from St. Andrew’s Newsletter describing the ways the church has helped students feel loved, encouraged, and set-up…

“The Holy Spirit and Us”: Reaching Dallas Through Spirit-Filled Community

Since All Saints Dallas was founded in 2010, Alpha courses have played an integral part in helping people find community, welcome, and hospitality. For the last few years, Father Jay Wright has led the Alpha program with good humor and a servant’s heart. In preparation to lead a church plant in East Dallas, Wright has handed over leadership to Father Dave Larlee. We recently sat down with Fr. Larlee to ask about the transition of leadership and why Alpha is…

Beer and Theology Events Draw A Crowd

Each Wednesday during June, an eclectic group of Dallas residents will sip on pints at The Ginger Man Lakewood, a pub in East Dallas, while learning about their role as engagers and co-creators of culture. These summer Beer and Theology events are sponsored by All Saints Dallas to share the gospel in their community and spread the word about their church. Each event features the Rev. Aaron Jeffrey of Redeemer Seminary discussing the topic, “Faithfully Present: The Christian’s Place in…

St. Andrew’s in Syracuse Holds Community Festival

On August 10, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Syracuse partnered with Eagle Life Wesleyan Church, Christ Is King Baptist Church and Psalm 19 Ministries to host Nedrowfest, a free family-friendly festival for the community of Nedrow. The small semi-urban community is bounded on the north by the city of Syracuse and on the south by the Onondaga Nation, a rural Native American reservation, facing issues of extreme urban poverty, crime and familial/community dysfunction in both contexts. The festival took place…

Leadership Training, Mission Partnerships Emerge From International Dialogue

For four days last June, the Bishops of three dioceses in the Eastern Democratic Republic met with The Anglican Mission’s Rector of the College of Consultors, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, and the Canon for Ecclesiastical Affairs, the Rev. Kevin Donlon, to discuss future mission partnerships. Though diverse, the group shared vital interests. In April, The Mission received a letter from the Primate of the l’Église Anglicane du Congo stating that all three dioceses accomplish mission partnerships on a diocesan basis, not…

What Happens in Vegas: A Visit to Mountain’s Edge Anglican Church

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird While visiting our sister Anglican Mission church plant in Las Vegas last month, I once again heard the expression: What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But the vision of the Revs. Dr. Roger and Cynthia Radley and Mountains Edge Church is the exact opposite. What happens spiritually in Las Vegas is not supposed to stay in Las Vegas.  As the people of Las Vegas come into the light of God’s love, lives…