Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans

Copy of SF Logo Background 3Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans! This website exists to help people get connected to congregations in the Bay Area that are affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). If you’d like to get connected with a local priest in San Francisco, please feel free to reach out to Fr. Ryan Jones – ryan@eucharistSF.org or 415.685.3429. If you’re looking more broadly at the Bay Area, please reach out to Fr. Ed McNeill – ed@newanglicanchurch.com who is the Dean offering oversight of the Bay Area congregations connected to Churches for the Sake of Others (ACNA diocese).

If you’re looking for an Anglican congregation in San Francisco itself, Eucharist Church is what you’re looking for (since we’re the only ACNA congregation currently). We are a young congregation made up of Anglican transplants, newly confirmed Anglicans, people who appreciate a three-stream (Evangelical, Charismatic and Sacramental) approach to worship, seekers and more.

We look forward to getting to meet you!

GAFCON Primates Council release the Nairobi Communique

Primates’ Council Communiqué
April 22, 2016 – Nairobi, Kenya

We the Primates of the Global Anglican Future Conference met in Nairobi, Kenya from April 18-21, 2016. We give thanks for the gracious hospitality of the Anglican Church of Kenya, their Primate, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, and All Saints Cathedral Diocese. As the location for GAFCON 2013, All Saints holds a special place in our history and in our hearts, and we have been encouraged to be here again.

We began our meeting with prayer and a Bible study that focused on Mark 2:1-12. In this passage, the Scriptures retell the story of a man who could not walk, but was assisted by friends who helped bring him to Jesus. Unable to get their friend through the front door, they loved him enough to find another way.

It is a story about the grace of God at work both in the power of fellowship and the merciful love of Jesus. We ourselves have received His forgiveness, and because He first loved us, we are passionate about doing all that we can to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We met this week to find practical ways of removing obstacles so that all those who need healing can be brought close to Jesus, be forgiven of their sins, and walk again.

Mission and Discipleship
GAFCON works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching, teaching, and programs which free our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
This week we made progress on a wide variety of initiatives to build up the body of Christ. We planned for GAFCON 2018, approved a program that will facilitate bishops’ training, received good news from our provinces and branches, added staff to further the ministry, and made a transition in Primatial leadership. We have also paid careful attention to the facts that have arisen from the Anglican Consultative Council’s meeting in Lusaka.

As a global family we are continuing to make preparations for GAFCON 2018. This will be the third conference since our founding, and the ten year anniversary of the Jerusalem Declaration. The GAFCON movement uniquely draws together the majority of the world’s Anglicans, both clergy and laity, into one proportional and representative body.

We are excited to gather for worship that represents the breadth of the Anglican Communion, as we come together under the authority of the Bible. The conference will provide teaching from God’s Word, fellowship that spans continents, break-out sessions that teach on the themes of mission, discipleship, and evangelism, especially in places where persecution is rife.
It is our hope and prayer that disciples will be so inspired by the vision of the glory of God among the nations, that the Church will be revived and joyously released to spread the love of Jesus.

A coordinator has been appointed to take this work forward, a planning team is being formed, and more will be shared in the coming months.

Bishops’ Training
The Bishops’ Training Institute, launching in September 2016, will equip bishops to be men of prayer, diligent in Bible study and godliness. The inaugural class will bring together twenty new bishops from across the world. Its vision and mission is to equip today’s bishops for effective ministry by seeking the wisdom of the whole church, and especially senior bishops. It will gather, train, mentor, challenge, and sustain episcopal leadership so that today’s bishops will be empowered to live for Christ and make Him known.

We give thanks for the continued growth of GAFCON. Our meeting included representatives from ten provinces (Congo, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, North America, Rwanda, South America, South Sudan & Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) and two branches (Australia and the United Kingdom).

We also celebrated the newest branch of the movement that has been founded in New Zealand. While we were meeting in Nairobi, 500 people came together in Auckland and Christ Church, New Zealand to stand together for the truth of the Gospel. They have our full support, and we are excited to see what God will do in and through them in the years to come.

Staffing the Movement
GAFCON has demonstrated that it is a growing movement that now requires more staff to undergird its development. Mr. James Stileman has been appointed as our Operations Manager to work with the General Secretary, the Most Rev. Peter Jensen, in growing GAFCON’s capacity to serve the movement. The Rev. Canon Charles Raven is heading a new office of Membership Development, and will be working to increase and strengthen GAFCON’s branches and provinces. Ms. Tina de Souza has joined us to head our Communications Department, and she has overseen the development of our website and overall communications strategy. We welcome this team, and give thanks for their dedication to the cause of Christ.

We also give thanks for the wise and faithful leadership of the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, as his term as our Chairman comes to an end. His six years of service came at a critical time in the life of our movement, and he has put us on a good footing as we enter this next chapter of our life together.

We are excited to announce that the new chairman of the Primates’ Council is the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of All Nigeria. He is joined in leadership by the new vice-chair, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Primate of the Anglican Church of Uganda. Archbishops Okoh and Ntagali have been deeply committed to the GAFCON movement since its founding, and are well prepared to lead.

Canterbury to Lusaka
We went to Canterbury out of a desire for unity. In our hearts we desire to see the tear in the fabric of the communion mended. The sanctions passed at that meeting were the mildest possible rebuke to only the worst of the offenders, but they were one step in the right direction. Regrettably, these sanctions have not been upheld. This is disappointing, but sadly not surprising. A more comprehensive statement appears in the appendix to this document.

This is an important time in the life of our churches. The grassroots outpouring of messages of support has shown the strength of our movement, and we are deeply thankful for the prayers of our laity and clergy over the last few months. We are a global family of authentic Anglicans standing together to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion. Please continue to pray for our global Anglican future.

Members of the Primates’ Council Present

The Anglican Church of Kenya
The Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala

Anglican Church of All Nigeria
The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh

Anglican Church in North America
The Most Rev. Foley Beach

Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda
The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje

The Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Most Rev. Jacob Chimeledya

The Church of the Province of Uganda
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

Appendix: From Canterbury to Lusaka
Last January, we spent time together at the Primates Gathering contending for a restoration of godly order within the Anglican Communion. The sanctions passed at that meeting were not in themselves capable of restoring order, but they were a potential first step.

At that meeting, we acknowledged the reality of the “significant distance” between us and “expressed a desire to walk together” if possible. This distance was created when The Episcopal Church walked away from the Anglican Communion’s doctrine on sexuality and the plain teaching of Scripture.

Within hours of the meeting’s end the public responses from many bishops, clergy, and lay people of The Episcopal Church made it clear that they did not desire to share the same journey. The biblical call to repentance is a call to make a 180 degree turn. It grieves us that many in The Episcopal Church have again rejected this call. While we desire to walk together, until there is true repentance, the reality is that they are deliberately walking away from the Anglican Communion and the authority of Scripture at a distance that continues to increase.

The recent meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia has again highlighted the inability of the current instruments to uphold godly order within the Communion. Delegates from the Episcopal Church, by their own admission, voted on matters that pertained to polity and doctrine, in defiance of the Primates. This action has damaged the standing of the Anglican Consultative Council as an instrument of unity, increased levels of distrust, and further torn the fabric of the Communion.

Nonetheless, we give thanks that these events have brought further clarity, and drawn GAFCON closer together in the mission of the Gospel. We are of one mind that the future of the Anglican Communion does not lie with manipulations, compromises, legal loopholes, or the presentation of half-truths; the future of our Communion lies in humble obedience to the truth of the Word of God written. What others have failed to do, GAFCON is doing: enabling global fellowship and godly order, united by biblical faithfulness. This unity has provided us with great energy to continue to work for the renewal of the Anglican Communion.

Registration is Open for the June 6-9 Church Planters Boot Camp

The four days of intensive training sessions will explore the principles and best practices needed to launch a church.

You’ll discover the answers to such questions as:

  • What does God want to do? (What is His vision for the community?
  • Who am I? (How will my gifts, skills, values and leadership style affect this ministry?
  • What am I sent to do? (What is my specific assignment in this community?
  • Who will do it with me? (How do I recruit people to fulfill God’s vision?
  • How will we do it? (What steps will we take to start a healthy church?
  • How will we evaluate our progress? (Are we accomplishing what God wants us to do?

You’ll leave the Boot Camp with:

  • A draft Launch Plan for your new church, with the major elements of your ministry defined;
  • Key strategies fleshed out;
  • Accomplishable major milestones identified; and
  • An initial time line to follow.

There are many training venues for church planters; few are sensitive to the sacramental and liturgical traditions our Anglican leaders bring to the table.

Planters are encouraged to include their spouses, if married, and key members of their launch teams in order to provide a common conceptual framework for the work they are undertaking.  Instruction in the core concepts is interspersed with team exercises to allow planters and teams to flesh out how the principles will be translated into their setting.

The Boot Camp’s training process is based on an adult learning model built on direct involvement and group interaction, mixed with lecture-based presentations. Participants are helped to think through what they need to do and how, and then begin to develop a plan that will help to guide the process.

The Church Planters Boot Camp is also beneficial for those who have recently planted churches; it helps to clarify missional strategy and discern aspects of church planting that may be overlooked.

Dates and Time
June 6-9, 2016 Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Planter: $350;
Planter and Spouse (without a team): $500;
Team Members: $300 for groups up to six; $50 per additional person. (Spouse may be included in the group rate.)
Boot Camp Alumni may attend for free.
Materials, lunch and snacks are included. 
Payment plans are available. Email to participate.

Register here by May 23, 2016.  Planters and Teams from the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic should use promotion code DOMABC2016.

For more information, email or .

Partners in Preparation

Until this year, each diocese in The Anglican Church in North America has directed its own, unique ordination process. Now, five West Coast bishops have formed a steering committee under the name “ACNA West” to develop their own robust, streamlined ordination process preparing priests and deacons to serve across their dioceses.

Bishop Eric Menees of the Diocese of San Joaquin is at the helm of the ACNA West task force, welcoming to the table Bishop John Mark Zimmerman of the Diocese of the Southwest, Bishop Kevin Allen of the Diocese of Cascadia, Bishop Todd Hunter of the Diocese of C4SO, and Bishop Keith Andrews of the Diocese of Western Anglicans. Setting aside differences in history and ecclesiology, these bishops are striving to match the Anglican Church in North America’s growth with a standardized process to initiate and care for ordinands well, for the greater good of the province.

“When you are made a priest or deacon, you are one for the entire church, not for one diocese,” Bishop Menees says. “Someone from C4SO should be able to serve in San Joaquin and anywhere else across the province.”

To achieve that goal, the bishops are working on the first draft of a joint exam based on what they believe to be the essentials of theological training, including the traditional nine areas of proficiency: Holy Scripture, Church History, Anglican Church History, Doctrine, Liturgics, Moral Theology and Ethics, Ascetical Theology, Practical Theology, and The Missionary Work of the Church. This knowledge will qualify clergy to serve in any ACNA West diocese. The bishops also created a joint examining board—each participating diocese will offer chaplains to serve on the board—with 21 chaplains already in place. The chaplains have also contributed their expertise to exam content.

Overseeing the exam’s format and structure is the Rev. Erin Giles, a vocational deacon in the Diocese of San Joaquin who is helping construct a website with a wiki giving ordinands access to study guides, articles, and bibliographies. She says the website will include a series of online learning modules to supplement ordinands’ seminary education where needed. The exam and accompanying resources are scheduled to be up and running by 2017, and will eventually include a platform for lay ministers.

The ACNA West ordination process has a holistic goal: Identify areas of weakness not for the purpose of weeding ordinands out, but to help them find the answers and continue on. The way to do that is through individual follow-up and mentoring, a special passion for Bishop Menees.

“When people graduate seminary, we send them out to plant a church or pastor a congregation on their own,” he says. “We absolutely, positively have to provide ongoing mentoring for these clergy. Over the last five years, one of my primary efforts has been to help mentor clergy so they are successful, rather than floundering around, trying to figure out what’s what.”

To offer that ongoing mentoring and maintain an organic trajectory for each ordinand, each diocese will complete their ordinands’ process in-house, including the oral exam. After ACNA West beta-tests its process on the West Coast, they plan to invite other dioceses in the province to consider joining the process.

“It serves the Anglican Church in North America in both direct and indirect ways: finding and releasing new clergy and creating unity among Western bishops,” says Bishop Hunter. “I am grateful for Bishop Eric’s leadership in this initiative, and I look forward to working with my brother bishops to further advance the kingdom of God, not just our individual dioceses.”

For Bishops Zimmerman and Andrews, ACNA West models a graceful approach to the Anglican Church in North America’s many cross jurisdictions, providing an opportunity to work together long term.

“The process of working on a common examination is helping us to think beyond our individual parishes and dioceses and to be able to share resources and develop cooperation,” Bishop Zimmerman says.

“While there are unique distinctives associated with each diocese, we are all focused on the Kingdom of God,” Bishop Andrews says. “And we have had a lot of fun!”

-By Andrea Bailey Willits