Our Vision of Mission
The Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) exists to raise, release and support leaders and communities of faith to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in North America. The core of our mission is to plant churches that are nourished by the three streams of Scripture, the Sacramental Life and the Holy Spirit in the Anglican tradition. We invite you to join this movement of discipling, loving and leading with Christ.
It is upon this clear essence and call that the Anglican Church in America is built.
We are People of Mission
By definition, a missionary society is a religious organization dedicated to the support of Christian mission, such as evangelism, education, economic development and church planting. This model has biblical origins that can be traced back to Acts Chapter 13, when Paul and Barnabas were identified by the Holy Spirit and sent out by the church in Antioch on what would become Paul’s first missionary journey. As described earlier, Patrick and his successors further embodied this missional approach to Ireland, and it has continued throughout the history of the Church.
Firmly rooted in the Anglican tradition, an ancient-future faith that dates back to the first century church and developed in the English Reformation, the Mission is distinctly nourished by three streams:
THE SCRIPTURE – We hold that Scripture guides our lives and is authoritative for us individually and for the Church at large (known as the evangelical tradition).
THE SACRAMENTAL – We believe the Sacramental life is embodied in the practices and teachings Christians have held throughout the centuries as expressed in the historic Creeds and 39 Articles of Religion. Our faith tradition has a variety of worship expressions, including the sacraments instituted by Jesus (known as the catholic tradition).
THE SPIRIT – We trust God’s Spirit is at work in the Church and the world, manifesting His power and preparing us for ministry through the deposit of his gifts (known as the charismatic tradition).
Organized in this manner, the Anglican Mission in America stands in the great tradition of furthering the mission of the Church as a society of mission and apostolic works. With a single-minded focus, the Mission is “stripped down for mission, and not wearing Saul’s armor!” (Bishop John Rodgers). Guided and held in trust by wise and faithful Christian leaders, including the guardianship and oversight by the founding Anglican Archbishops through a leadership body known as the ‘College of Consultors,’ the Anglican Mission in America is characterized by lean structures and a bent towards action in evangelism and apostolic works, primarily through the work of planting and growing new churches.
Mission is what we do, Society is how we organize.
As three-stream people of mission, the AMiA seeks to play its part in bringing personal, social and cultural transformation; with hard feet and soft hearts, we invite you to join us in bringing the transformational love of God’s Kingdom to the lost in America.