Kardia Church Planting Initiative

Over 50 church planters from across the Carolinas gathered on June 1st for Plant and Grow, the first ever Kardia Church Planting Initiative training event in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. This was a powerful time of equipping and relationship building among church planters and their leadership teams.

Kardia Church Planting Initiative is a church planting and church revitalization ministry of the Diocese of the Carolinas that seeks to plant, remission, and resource healthy gospel-centered churches in the Anglican tradition. Kardia began in 2012, when Bishop Steve Wood called together a leadership team from the Diocese of the Carolinas to create a new church planting initiative. The team includes Canon Winfield Bevins, Rector of Church of the Outer Banks, North Carolina; John Hall, Church Planter in Greenville, South Carolina; and Robert Sturdy, Associate Pastor at St. Andrews Church Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Canon Winfield Bevins opened the conference with a session called, “The Who, What, and Why of Church Planting.” One of the essential points of Winfield’s talk was that the church planter must be called.  Calling to ministry, especially the ministry of church planting can be a difficult thing to discern.  One of our commitments at Kardia is to help those called to church planting discern and clarify their sense of calling.

Other presenters included, Todd Simonis, pastor of City Church in Charleston who shared about Developing Leaders in a Church Plant; Brian Morgan, small groups pastor at St. Andrews discussed Developing Small Groups; Tim Winkler of The Winkler Group and Matt Alexander of Palmetto Medical Initiative spoke about Finding and Handling Finances. These sessions addressed some of the practical issues that church planters face when planting a church.

Bishop Steve Wood closed out the event by speaking about being in ministry for the long term. He shared some valuable insights into ministry longevity which included ministry identity, having a long-term vision, and developing personal disciplines. Bishop Wood said, “You have to have a vision for long-term ministry – it’s contrary to the expected norm.”

imageIn addition to these workshops, the Kardia leadership team officially assessed three candidates for church planting. In the last six months, Kardia has received 12 applicants, initiated six new church plants, and established a strategic plan to plant a total of 30 new churches over the next three years. 

Next Event
Kardia is planning their next event, REMISSION for January 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina that will focus on issues relating to church health, mission, and outreach. This event will be helpful for both new and existing churches.

Please visit the Kardia website and Facebook page for the latest news and information. For inquiries about Kardia Church Planting Initiative you may contact Winfield Bevins, Canon for Church Planting at kardiacpi@gmail.com.

In addition to church planting, Kardia has a vision to equip others with helpful resources, articles, and media through their website and blog page at http://www.kardiacpi.com. Those who seek to faithfully re-evangelize North America through planting new churches and remissioning older ones, may find the Kardia website a valuable resource.

Photo 1: The Right Rev’d Steve Wood, Bishop of the Carolinas
Photo 2: The Rev’d Dr. Winfield Bevins, Canon for Church Planting

Hispanic Anglican Churches are on the move!

The third annual “Caminemos Juntos!” (Let’s Walk Together!) will be held at St. Clements/Rey de Paz Anglican Church in 
El Paso, TX on Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 3, 2013.  The conference is a joint mission initiative of Greenhouse and Anglican1000 to equip Anglicans for evangelism and church planting in the Hispanic community.

imageMarcos Witt will be the keynote speaker.  A five-time Latin Grammy Award-winning musician, Witt has recorded more than 26 Christian music projects with a multi-million sale of more than 7,000,000 copies in Mexico, Latin America and the United States.

The Most Rev. Héctor Zavala, Bishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de América (the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America), will be one of the featured speakers at the Caminemos Juntos conference. He is the province’s first Latin American primate, as well as Chile’s first Latino bishop.

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, will also be a featured speaker at the conference.

The Rev. Jonathan Kindberg, a co-facilitator of the Caminemos Juntos! Initiative, recognizes the great need to partner with our Hispanic brothers and sisters.  “By 2050 Hispanics will make up one third of the United States,” he said. “Through Caminemos Juntos!, the Anglican Church in North America has begun to tap into this incredible work of God.

“Caminemos Juntos! 2013 is an amazing opportunity to experience a taste of what God is doing in our times and a call to open the Doors for the New Evangelism of Hispanics in North America.” he said.

Other speakers at the conference include the Rt. Rev. Juan Alberto Morales, Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy, the Rev. Canon William Beasley, Director of the Greenhouse Movement, and the Rev. Gabe Garcia, Senior Pastor of Rancho Hills Church in San Diego, CA, and a co-facilitator for the conference.

A wide-variety of workshops will also be offered.  They will provide instruction and guidance on how to multiply congregations in a Hispanic context, multi-generational ministry, healing for the family, growing in leadership, engaging in worship in the Hispanic church, and more.  Workshops will be available in English, Spanish or both.

With fifty Hispanic congregations growing in the Anglican Church in North America, there are more are on the way.  A list of these congregations may be found here.

To learn more about how you and your community may join in this exciting outreach and to register for the Caminemos Juntos conference click here.

Photo: The Caminemos Juntos! 2013 Team, Elias Rosales, Bishop Francis R Lyons, Rayito Jiménez Victoria and Doug Jones, during a recent visit in Mexico.

Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Visit

A delegation led by The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh (Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja) provided for a landmark opportunity for extended prayer and conversation between the Primates of North America and Nigeria as well as with senior leaders of both provinces.  The two day visit began at the home of Archbishop Robert and Nara Duncan followed by meetings at the offices of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Provincial Office of the Anglican Church in North America.  The visit also provided for an opportunity for networking with the administration of Trinity School for Ministry and leaders of key mission societies based in Ambridge – New Wineskins Missionary Network and the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders. 

Accompanying Archbishop Okoh were distinguished and senior leaders from the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion): The Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey (Dean of the Province, Archbishop of Niger Delta Province and Bishop of Niger Delta North); The Most Rev. Michael Akiyemi (Archbishop of Province of Kwara and Bishop of Igbomina) and The Most Rev. Dr. Ikechi Nwosu (Archbishop of Province of Aba & Bishop of Umuahia) with Bishop Julian and Brenda Dobbs of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA).

Archbishops Duncan and Okoh serve together on the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference (GAFCON) Primates Council as well as in working together on missionary efforts in North America through the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.  As the visit concluded at the Provincial Office with remarkable times of encouragement and prayer, there was a spontaneous time of worship led by Archbishop Okoh with the songs “To God Be the Glory” and “Faith of Our Fathers.”

Photo caption:
(from left to right): Visiting Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA - Bishop Julian Dobbs, Archbishop Michael Akiyemi, Archbishop Robert Duncan, The Ven. Dr. Mark Stevenson (Academic Dean), Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry (Dean and President), Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, Archbishop Ikechi Nwosu, The Ven. Canon Dr. Jack Lumanog and Mrs. Gloria Kwashi, doctoral student and wife of Archbishop Ben Kwashi (photo courtesy of Trinity School for Ministry, Christopher Klukas).