Keepers of the Vision

By Stu+ Boehmig, rector of The Abbey at Pawleys Island I recently took a rough count of how many vestry meetings I have attended or led over the years. I came up with something around 400. By anyone’s standard, that’s a lot of leadership meetings. Whew! One thing I’ve learned in those meetings is that vestry leaders want to know, “Where are we headed?” and so does the rest of the church. If you lack clarity, there’s trouble ahead. It’s been said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get there real fast.” And even though we constantly remind our leaders of the answer to the vision question, it often feels like we lose vision and direction far too quickly and get lost in the weeds. Being keepers of the vision is one of the most important things we do as leaders. […]

January 31st, 2019|Anglicanism, Leadership, Vocation|

Who? What? How?

by Mike Blanchat, AMiA Rector General Who? What? How? Answers to those three one-word questions capture the essence of a person, a community, a group. As I’ve applied them to my own life, I have found it’s helpful to revisit both the questions and the answers periodically to reaffirm things that are foundational to me [...]

January 24th, 2019|Church Life, Leadership, Three Streams|

Providing Fertile Ground: The Benefit of Coaching During Sabbatical

Sabbatical provides a unique opportunity for clergy to reflect on deep questions in a way that often isn’t possible while serving in full-ministry. As Allen+ Hughes, Counselor General for Leadership Advancement and Mission Stewardship, shares, it’s a time when coaching can serve as a catalyst for breakthrough. As Allen+ looks ahead to taking a sabbatical [...]

April 18th, 2018|Church Life, Leadership, Spiritual growth|

Coffee with a Friend: Bishop Dan Scott

Photo credit: Chad Barlow On May 14, 2017, +Dan Scott was ordained a Bishop at Christ Church Nashville, a non-denominational church that worships in the Anglican tradition. Throughout the service, there were strong marks of the three streams of Sacrament, Scripture, and Spirit. This is fitting for +Dan, whose own life is marked [...]

September 27th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Story|

Retreat to Go Forward: Leadership Retreat at Luminous Parish

Photo from Father Chad Jarnigan. Preparing for the first Luminous Parish Leadership Retreat On July 30, 2017, in place of the homily, Father Chad Jarnagin and three vestry members addressed Luminous Parish for their first inaugural "State of the Church." They talked about where the congregation has been, what they are currently doing, [...]

September 5th, 2017|Church planting, Leadership|0 Comments

Getting Unstuck: An Interview with Father Jay Wright

A few years into his Worship Director and Assistant Pastor role at All Saints Dallas, Father Jay Wright found himself feeling stuck. "I felt stuck in a particular leadership situation," explained Wright+. "I initially talked to my rector, Bishop Philip Jones, about it. In the course of our conversation, he helped me see that in [...]

August 3rd, 2017|Church Life, Leadership, Personal Story|

Apolo2/Musa Formation Program 2017

Last month, 11 members of the Anglican Mission traveled to Gisenyi, Rwanda and Kagera, Tanzania for the third installment of the Apolo2 and Musa formation programs. Each program took place over the course of a week, offering clergy members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania the opportunity for further theological training as [...]

Meet Dr. Robert+ Grant: Military Chaplain Endorser

Dr Robert+ Grant with Chaplain Mirenda Over the course of his life, Dr. Robert+ Grant has had various roles. He's been a radio talk show host, an academic, a pastor, and a coach. The common theme running through each of these roles is helping people engage with Jesus and live into God's calling [...]

July 20th, 2017|Chaplaincy, Leadership, Personal Story|

From the Rector General: June 2017

Dear Friends of the Mission, June is an interesting month in the life of American churches. In June we've wrapped up another school year, blessed our graduates, and have moved into summer programming. We've celebrated Eastertide and Pentecost, and have stepped into Ordinary time. And in June, many churches are closing up another fiscal year, [...]

June 15th, 2017|Leadership|

Coffee with a Friend: Bishop Sandy Greene

Bishop Sandy Greene with Deacon Brit Carpenter, Bishop Aaron Kijanjali, and Deacon Drew Witt at Britt and Drew's ordination service For Bishop Sandy Greene, success is measured by how many leaders he is able to mentor and encourage. "If I had a plaque on my wall that had names and dates on it, [...]

June 9th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Story|2 Comments