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…

Stories From The Pew: Ryan’s Story

“In all candor, I thought I had messed up my life. I thought I had abandoned God’s call on my life…I was operating on God’s plan B for me.” Ryan, one of the Associate Pastor’s of St Andrew’s Church in Little Rock, AR shares his story from the pew about the path from “plan b” to living into the calling the Lord place on his life. “Our calling is to be obedient in the next step” Watch the full video…

Waiting on the Lord: My Ordination Experience

“We reviewed your application, and you’re worthless.” It was 2010 and Jim Bridgham was on the phone with a recruiter for an Active Duty Air Force Chaplaincy position, his dream job. “You’re worthless,” the recruiter repeated. This was the second year the Bridgham had applied for the position. A few years later, he applied one more time only to be told that due to an administrative error, he was no longer eligible. His dream job was now completely out of…

Coffee with a Friend: Caleb Miller

Father Caleb Miller delivers a mini-talk on Liturgy at Winter Conference 2017. To view his talk, visit our YouTube page.   The first time Caleb Miller and his wife visited an Anglican church together, Caleb told her: ” the people will be nice, we’ll get to take communion, and the sermon will probably be terrible.” Thankfully, he recounts, he was right about the people and communion, and wrong about the sermon. Caleb went on to be ordained to the priesthood…

Sitting with Job: An Interview with Chaplain Chris Little

For Deacon Chris Little, being a chaplain is more than a job, it’s an answer to prayer. Deacon Little serves at People of God Anglican Church in Lakewood, CO and is a part-time chaplain for Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, CO. We recently sat down with him to learn more about his ministry as a hospital chaplain. Why did you want to become a chaplain? Chaplaincy is a late vocation for me. I went to seminary in Colorado in…

Coffee with a Friend: Mark Lauer

This month, we sit down for coffee and a chat with Father Mark Lauer, Senior Pastor of Christ the King Anglican Church in San Jose, California, and one of AMIA’s Regional Vicars. Before going into full-time ministry, Fr. Lauer was a bi-vocational church planter who worked in the High Tech Industry for 14 years. He has been married to his wife, Shawnie, for 25 years and is father to Morgan.  Pull up a chair and join us in learning about…

Understanding Your Calling

A correct approach to our vocation is at the heart of Anglican theology, says The Rev. Canon Dr. Ashley Null.  Did you know that God doesn’t “need” us to do anything? The Bible says the stones will cry out if we don’t. God gives us tasks, and the tasks have meaning and purpose. But if it were only tasks He wanted us to accomplish, angels would be far more faithful, consistent and reliable. Why, then, does God give us something to…

A Must-Read for Every Aspiring Pastor

 In a review of  The Christian Priest Today, Nathan Hale of Desert Mission Anglican Church reveals why this classic tome has remained pertinent for decades—and why you should pick it up today.  Shortly after I began speaking with my pastor about the possibility of pursuing ordination with The Anglican Mission, he passed a copy of Michael Ramsey’s classic The Christian Priest Today my way. Of course, I had no idea that this little book was by a former Archbishop of Canterbury, or that it…