The Book of Common Prayer: A Unifying Resource

After growing up Catholic and working in Baptist and non-denominational churches for several years, Mark+ Walz was introduced to Anglicanism through his wife, Cate’s, family. He serves as a Church Planter in Residence at All Saints Dallas. In this blog, Mark+ shares how The Book of Common Prayer has added a meaningful dimension to his personal faith, family life and clerical ministry. I am a relatively new Anglican, but not as new to The Book of Common Prayer (BCP). There was a time in my ministry, when I was in a different denomination, when I found myself searching for material to perform formal ministerial functions for which my own extemporaneous prayers and thoughts seemed limiting and too personal. A graveside service? Where do I go to find how to do that? Someone told me to check out the BCP. […]

August 16th, 2018|Anglicanism|

What is an Anglican?

Ryan+ Owsley serves the AMiA as the Director of Ecclesiastical Affairs and is the Associate Pastor of St. Andrew's Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in philosophy and ethics. He graduated with honors from the UALR Bowen School of Law, and served for 10 [...]

August 9th, 2018|Anglicanism|

From the Apostolic Vicar: Return from Sabbatical

I want to thank everyone for their prayers during the past 10 weeks of sabbatical. It has truly been renewing, restoring, reinvigorating and refreshing. Almost any word that begins with "re" aptly describes the sabbatical experience. Claudia and I so appreciate those of you who recommended and encouraged me to take this time away. Return [...]

August 2nd, 2018|Anglicanism, Spiritual growth|

Coffee With a Friend: Jay+ Wright, Part 2

On July 1, All Saints Dallas East became St. Bartholomew’s. We followed up with Jay+ Wright, rector of this newly independent church, to hear how God has been working at St. Bartholomew’s as they take this significant step, and what Jay+ sees in the years to come. Congratulations! What was that first Sunday of worship [...]

July 26th, 2018|Church planting, New Works|

Stories From the Pew: St. Bartholomew’s – Called Forth Into Being

Craig Denison, with his wife, Rachel, and baby son, has been attending St. Bartholomew’s for about a year and a half. He helps with worship and has assisted the church in its transition from All Saints East Dallas to St. Bartholomew’s. He shares his thoughts about the naming of this newly independent fellowship. Growing up I [...]

July 19th, 2018|Church planting|

Coffee With a Friend: Jay+ Wright, Part 1

When Jay+ Wright began serving at All Saints Dallas (Texas) he had church planting in mind. Over the past few years, he and his wife, Amy, and a group of laypeople have been cultivating community in East Dallas, leading to the establishment of All Saints East Dallas. In July this church plant will become an [...]

June 21st, 2018|Church planting, New Works|

Missionary Church Planting

Jamie George, formerly with St. Andrews in Little Rock, shares his journey toward, and passion for, missionary church planting. After serving in multiple churches and as a church planter, I discovered that God has graced my wife and me with the gifts to serve as missionaries. I know that many people believe serving as a missionary means being called to work in another country—I thought that way myself once—but that’s not always the case, especially when you live in the third-largest mission field in the world, the United States. And God put a calling on our hearts for a particular group here in America. […]

June 14th, 2018|Church planting|

31 Ways to Pray

As we look back on this month of “Mental Health Awareness” we find our hearts drawn with the compassion of Christ to individuals and families whose lives are turned upside down, not only by mental illnesses, but by the stigma and isolation that often follows. Here are 31 prayer prompts to help us continue to be aware of—and pray for—the needs of families in our congregations and neighborhoods who are dealing with the challenges of mental illnesses. […]

May 31st, 2018|Church Life|

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|