New Website Strategy Implemented

Our efforts to launch new Anglican Churches in The San Francisco Bay Area is dependent on our ability to find people who want an Anglican Church in their community and are willing to help.  Once we find the first couple of households in a community it gets easier to find the third.  Getting the ball rolling is the great challenge.

In 2009 we launched www.NewAnglicanChurch.com, a social networking site, that allows registered users to find other registered users in their area.  This has not been as successful as we hoped.  We are not abandoning this strategy, but we are augmenting it with a second strategy that focuses on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  We are building city specific sites with optimized SEO.  Our first site is now online.  It is www.sanfranciscoanglicans.org.  Our goal is to be above the fold on searches for “Anglican Church San Francisco” and “San Francisco Anglican Church”.  We have accomplished our goal on the terms “Anglican Church San Francisco”, but are currently on page 12 for “San Francisco Anglican Church”. Still it is cool that we accomplished this in less than two weeks.  We will continue to work on the SEO.

Each of these sites will have some pretty cool tech.  One cool thing about www.sanfranciscoanglicans.org is that we publish articles on it via RSS.  In simple english…I publish this article on my blog and it automatically is published on each of our city specific sites.  Its a very efficient way of providing fresh content on all our sites.

You can help with our SEO work.  The simplest way you can help is to visit the new site.  Seriously.  Search engines pay attention to internet traffic.  Please visit www.sanfranciscoanglicans.org. often!  Visiting the site will improve the SEO.

San Francisco Anglican Church: New Churches

San Francisco Anglican Church

Our hope is to launching new Anglican Churches in San Francisco. Emmaus Anglican Church is our first in San Francisco. We hope to launch many more in the coming years. The entire goal of this website is to facilitate this launch by providing a way for interested people to find us and each other.

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

is committed to planting 1,000 new churches in North America by 2014.  In the Bay Area, this work is being led by St. James Anglican Church in San Jose.  St. James began in 2009 with a commitment to plant a parish in the South Bay and plant an Anglican Diocese in the Bay Area and Northern California.

We are delighted you found us. This website is a ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). It has a very simple purpose: help people in San Francisco find us. We are seeking people interested in belonging to new Anglican Churches. We hope this interests you. If you would like to learn more or connect with other interested people please email Fr. Ed McNeill

This website also carries news about Anglican Missions around The Bay Area and Northern California, as well as updates from our National Church.

A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Duncan on Stewardship and the Anglican Church

16th October, A.D. 2010
Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley, Martyrs at Oxford

TO ALL THE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in North America boldly proclaim that “the people of God are the chief agents of the mission of the Church”  and that “the fundamental agency of mission in the Province is the local congregation.”  Ours is a church whose focus is on converted individuals in multiplying congregations. Ours is a church also built on the tithes of the faithful:  the household to the local congregation, the local congregation to the diocese, the diocese to the Province. 

Tithing and Discipleship

God led us to build our Province on committed disciples, the local congregations and the tithe: all for the purpose of reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. The Holy Scriptures caused us to do things this way.  We had (and have) a special stake in basing the whole of our life on the direction Scripture gives.  While it is only one aspect of discipleship, imagine what God could do through us if all of us tithed!  No congregation would any longer be “short,” no diocese would lack for funds for new works, and the Province would rightly live within the tithes sent to it.  We need to start challenging one another about this at the local level.  God promises (Micah 3: 8-10) to open the windows of heaven if we cease to “rob Him” and give Him our “full tithes.”

If you are not already doing so, this would be a great year to take the leap.  The tithe to your local congregation is the beginning point.  If not yet tithing, even to move a percentage point a year over the next several years will make an amazing difference, both to the Church at every level, and most significantly to your own personal relationship with God.

Extra Mile Giving

Our Church, like Scripture itself, also teaches that the tithe is the beginning of our giving.  Many of us give more than a tithe – Nara and I do so.  It is all about thanksgiving to the Lord for what He has done.  Some give to a point of sacrifice. They are among my heroes.  Jesus and the apostolic Church most often teach either 50/50 or 100 per cent giving.  Most of us who heard our friend Dr. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church speak to us at our Inaugural Assembly cannot forget the witness he and his wife make in giving away 90 percent of their income and just keeping 10 per cent.  He is actually not alone in this practice that only a few can undertake, but most of us can stretch farther than we do. Pray and ask the Savior what He wants of you.

Our Provincial budget is based on the tithe of our dioceses, just as diocesan budgets are based on the tithes of their congregations.  When all our local congregations get to right order, and all our dioceses get there too, we are convinced that the Province will well be able to live within these tithes for our annual operations. We have a distance to go before all our members are Biblical tithers.  So at present we have a gap.  For several years we know that we will have to ask some of our people and some of our congregations to “go the extra mile” beyond their tithe to help meet Provincial needs.  This is not the long-term picture.

The Provincial Gap and Extra Mile Fund

The very good news is that we are almost half of the way to where we need to be to fund the base-line Provincial work. That is quite an accomplishment given the fact that the Province was only birthed 16 months ago!  For now I need to ask for “extra-mile” giving to fill the gap.

At the August Executive Committee meeting an “Extra Mile Fund” was established to stand alongside “the Founders’ Fund.”  Gifts to each – beyond your tithe to your own parish – will make it possible for our Province to be well launched in these “gap” years in which I will be serving you as first archbishop.  Parishes that are able are also asked to consider gifts – beyond their diocesan tithe – to the Extra Mile or Founders’ Funds.

Individuals and parishes are asked to consider a direct gift to the Province this year, and perhaps during several of the next years. We do not yet have all our households and congregations tithing, but as discipleship improves the need will diminish. This is the Archbishop’s gap appeal.  Individual and parish gifts directed for the ACNA of up to $10,000 will be credited to the Extra-Mile Fund.  Gifts over $10,000 will be credited to the Founders’ Fund. We need some $480,000 for this year’s operation on top of the $900,000 already committed by dioceses, parishes and individuals.  Please remember that the Province is providing both direct and subsidiary support to 20 Dioceses and more than 640 congregations in North America.

Help me, please, in these “gap” years to be your archbishop and do what the Provincial Council believes is essential.  We started a year ago as a Province and have come a very great distance.  For the long-haul, tithe and teach the tithe and the windows of heaven will be open for your parish, your diocese and our province, as well.

God bless you each and every one.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Most Reverend Robert William Duncan, D.D.
Archbishop and Primate

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