Spiritual Authority Cohorts: Appropriating Foundational Truths

They only met once a month and only for seven months. They started as an in-person gathering, but with the onset of COVID-19 they moved to Zoom. The group numbered about 60, with a third from All Saints Dallas (ASD)—including AMiA Lead Bishop, +Philip Jones, with his wife, Claudia. Participants were invited by other participants, but as word spread people were signing up on their own. Between meetings they read assigned Scriptures and books. But mostly they practiced what they…

Healthy Marriages: The Kingdom in the Ordinary

By Becky Post, member of All Saints Dallas As soon as sin entered the world, relational dysfunction was present. Adam and Eve hid from God. Between man and wife, there was temptation and blaming. In the Old Testament book of Malachi, God says: I’m not interested in your sacrifice and your moans and groans and tears. Why? Because I’ve witnessed the way you treat your wife! God cares about the quality of our relationships. We see this in the New…

Managing Growth in Children’s Ministry

With growth in ministry comes a need to be proactive in ensuring a solid foundation that supports increased numbers. This week, Christia Caudle, the Coordinator for the Children’s Ministry at All Saints Dallas, shares several principles for navigating growth and building a successful children’s ministry program.   Managing Growth in Children’s Ministry By Christia Caudle What are some principles to keep in mind when managing the happy problem of a growing children’s ministry? Consistency is important. At ASD we keep the…

Let the Children Come …

By Lyn Baker, Director of Family Ministry at All Saints Dallas Jesus had a singular, loving approach to children, in contrast to his status-seeking, impatient disciples. Jesus welcomed the little ones with open arms and set their simplicity and unselfconscious humility as a standard for all his followers. We can do no less. Too often Sunday school teaching about the Bread of Life is about as tasty and nourishing as day old-bread: stale and unappealing. This is a disservice to…

Living Classroom: Refreshment and Transformation

            WHAT WE LEARNED FROM LIVING CLASSROOM   In October AMiA sponsored Living Classroom, a three-day teaching event to equip clergy and lay leaders for the front lines. Living Classroom offered workshops and classes to give participants tools to address questions like “What are other churches doing to grow and flourish?” “How do we set a new course for our church?” “How do we identify and develop leaders in our church?” and “What does it…

The Good Soil

Rediscovering the Art of Discipleship Session by Allen+ Hughes, AMiA Director of Leadership Development The good soil of our life is generated through the actions and habits of discipleship. Discipleship is the lifelong pursuit of learning to live a life under the guidance and care of God. We can live a life in which we are guided and led by the perfect Father! We can experience the fruits of the good soil: a joy that goes beyond our circumstances, a…

Lenten Reflections: A Place to Be Still

By Anne Ciccoline, Parishioner and Aspirant at Four Winds Anglican Mission, Columbia, TN My life is busy, with many, many things always clamoring for my attention. Many roles and responsibilities place demands on my time and energy. Many voices require listening and response. As I’ve sought to enter into the season of Lent, observing the traditions of self-examination and repentance—by prayer, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word—I’ve found that the noise in my own…