Volunteers Needed

Online Helpers Needed:
Do you enjoy helping people, and interacting online?  The Anglican Church in North America is looking for volunteers to provide support through live chat and by phone to congregations who are filling out their annual reports. Each year our congregations report their relevant numbers and statistics, and sometimes they get “stuck” with technical issues or questions and need a little help.

We are looking for a few people who are skilled and experienced in customer service to volunteer a few hours per week from January to March to run a live chat and be available to support our congregations. Preferably, the volunteer will have experience with Zoho Services, another customer-service ticketing system, or be willing to learn the system. Training is provided.  Volunteer must be personable, servant-hearted, and have a passion for the Anglican Church in North America. 

If you are interested in donating your time and skills to the Anglican Church in North America, please contact Rachel Thebeau, Communications Associate, at Rachel.thebeau@anglicanchurch.net

Stat Geeks Needed:
The Anglican Church in North America is looking for volunteers to help consolidate and analyze data from our annual congregational reports. As our congregations fulfill their yearly duty to report to the Province their relevant numbers and statistics, the data from each needs to be validated, consolidated, and analyzed for functional use. 

We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, and skilled in statistics and data analysis to volunteer a few hours per week from March to May. Volunteers must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. Volunteers must be servant-hearted, have a passion for the Anglican Church in North America, and be trustworthy in handling confidential information.

If you are interested in donating your time and skills to the Anglican Church in North America, please contact Rachel Thebeau, Communications Associate, at Rachel.thebeau@anglicanchurch.net


GAFCON Chairman’s December 2017 Letter

My dear people of God,

On the 7th December, the first ordinations of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) took place in London. AMiE was established by the overwhelming consensus of the Nairobi Conference in 2013 as a mission society in England to help our English brothers and sisters in the massive task of evangelisation.

It is very appropriate that this historic event has taken place in the Advent season.

The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and majesty is essential to the Christian hope. The last book of the Bible closes with the words of Jesus ‘Surely I am coming soon’ and our joyful response in the midst of our present sufferings and struggles is ‘Amen. Come Lord Jesus!’ (Revelation 2:20).

But at Christ’s return there will also be final judgement. Those of us in the ordained ministry of the Church have a special responsibility to be messengers of the good news of the gospel by which we are saved from that judgement.  To neglect that duty or to distort that message is therefore a very serious matter and brings the messengers themselves under the judgement of God. Where there is no repentance and those who are called to be shepherds of the flock continue to be unfaithful to the Good Shepherd, action must be taken.

Following his consecration as a missionary bishop for the UK and Europe earlier this year at the request of Gafcon UK, Bishop Andy Lines has now ordained nine men to serve in church plants which have already been established and to create new ones.

The purpose is to help re-evangelise a nation that was once one of the greatest centres of Christian mission the world has ever seen, but is now one of the most secular, and its strategy is to do this by planting new churches. Many faithful Anglicans remain within the Church of England, but there is a danger that their work will be compromised or made more difficult if the Bible is no longer upheld as the rule of faith. How can a Church be effective in mission when it has muddled the truth of the gospel? Mission and fidelity cannot be separated.

This was exactly the point made by Mrs. Lorna Ashworth, a member of the Archbishops Council (of Canterbury and York) and of the General Synod, when she resigned last month from both, saying that ‘as a corporate body we have become unable to articulate the saving message of Jesus Christ which fully encompasses the reality of sin, repentance and forgiveness – without this message we do not teach a true gospel and people do not get saved.’

This is the road down which the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada have led the way. Now that the spiritual crisis in the Anglican Communion is so clearly affecting the Mother Church herself, we need to be very clear on three core values of the Gafcon movement.

Firstly, the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration commits us to working within the Anglican Communion. AMiE is sponsored by Primates of the Anglican Communion and to emphasise this, Archbishop Ntagali of Uganda and myself both recorded video messages of support for the AMiE ordination service.

However, secondly, the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration clarified that the Anglican Communion is not determined simply by relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury. We are confessing Anglicans and historic ties, however fruitful they have been in the past, cannot be allowed to compromise the truth of the gospel. Consistent with this principle, we recognise AMiE as fully part of the Anglican Communion.

Thirdly, AMiE demonstrates courage. By the grace of God we make the sacrifices that are necessary to proclaim Christ in season and out of season, even when that means leaving the comfort of established institutions as so many in the Anglican Church of North America have already demonstrated.

Advent is a time to remember that the purpose of the Church is to please and glorify God, not men. May God give all of us grace so that one day we will hear those wonderful words of the Lord Jesus ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:23).

The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh

Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council

A Statement from the Global South Primates Regarding the Anglican Church in North America

In 2015, the Global South Primates stated in their communique “We rejoiced to welcome the Anglican Church in North America as a partner province to the Global South, represented by its Archbishop, the Most Reverend Foley Beach.” This decision of the Global South Primates came after more than a decade of successive events, and gave the Anglican Church in North America seat, voice, and vote in Global South. In 2016 the Global South Primates elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, to the Steering Committee of Global South. We will hereby discuss the events that led to our affirmation of the Anglican Church in North America.

1. At the Primates Meeting of 2003, the Primates warned the Episcopal Church in USA about the consequences of the consecration of Gene Robinson.

“If his consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy. In this case, the ministry of this one bishop will not be recognised by most of the Anglican world, and many provinces are likely to consider themselves to be out of Communion with the Episcopal Church (USA). This will tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level, and may lead to further division on this and further issues as provinces have to decide in consequence whether they can remain in communion with provinces that choose not to break communion with the Episcopal Church (USA).”

When the consecration of Gene Robinson as a bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire within the Episcopal Church in America took place, the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) was formed.

The ACN was officially formed in January 2004 at a conference in Plano, Texas attended by several hundred priests and lay leaders, including 12 Episcopal bishops. Retired Florida Bishop Stephen Hays Jecko was a leader. Its main intent was to provide a system to supply theologically conservative leadership and church oversight to Anglicans in the United States and Canada.

2. In 2005, the Windsor Report that was presented to the Primates stated in Section D 157 that:

“There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together. Should the call to halt and find ways of continuing in our present communion not be heeded, then we shall have to begin to learn to walk apart.”

3. At the Primates Meeting in Tanzania in 2007, the Archbishop of Canterbury invited two Orthodox bishops from the Episcopal Church in USA (TEC), Bishop Bob Duncan of ACN and Bishop Bruce MacPherson of the Communion Partner Bishops within the Episcopal Church to speak. After listening to their concerns, the Primates wrote in their communique that:

“It is also clear that a significant number of bishops, clergy and lay people in The Episcopal Church are committed to the proposals of the Windsor Report and the standard of teaching presupposed in it (cf paragraph 11). These faithful people feel great pain at what they perceive to be the failure of The Episcopal Church to adopt the Windsor proposals in full. They desire to find a way to remain in faithful fellowship with the Anglican Communion. They believe that they should have the liberty to practice and live by that expression of Anglican faith which they believe to be true. We are deeply concerned that so great has been the estrangement between some of the faithful and The Episcopal Church that this has led to recrimination, hostility and even to disputes in the civil courts.”

4. In an attempt to solve the crisis within TEC, at the Primates Meeting in 2007 it was suggested that there be a formation of a Pastoral Council.

The Primates will establish a Pastoral Council to act on behalf of the Primates in consultation with The Episcopal Church. This Council shall consist of up to five members: two nominate d by the Primates, two by the Presiding Bishop, and a Primate of a Province of the Anglican Communion nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury to chair the Council.

5. Unfortunately, the TEC Standing Committee rejected the recommendation of the Primates to form the Pastoral Council. As a result, several dioceses and many individual parishes in both Canada and the United States transferred their allegiances to Anglican provinces in South America and Africa.

6. The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) was founded in 2009 by former members of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada, many of whom were illegally deposed after disassociating themselves from the revisionist doctrinal and social teachings of The Episcopal Church.

7. In 2010, the Global South Primates meeting in Singapore welcomed the formation of the Anglican Church in North America as a faithful expression of Anglicanism.

“We were pleased to welcome two Communion Partner bishops from The Episcopal Church USA (TEC ) and acknowledge that with them there are many within TEC who do not accept their church’s innovations. We assure them of our loving and prayerful support. We are grateful that the recently formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a faithful expression of Anglicanism. We welcomed them as partners in the Gospel and our hope is that all provinces will be in full communion with the clergy and people of the ACNA and the Communion Partners. GS 2010 Singapore.”

Due to this long and complex history of events and their consequences, many people do not understand how the faithful Anglicans who are currently in the Anglican Church in North America have struggled to keep the unity of the church, and at the same time remain faithful to the Anglican tradition. More than 650 priests and more than ten bishops who were originally ordained and consecrated within TEC were deposed. It became a necessity to form a body that keeps those faithful within the Anglican tradition, hence the Anglican Church in North America was formed, and welcomed as a valuable member of the Global South Anglicans.

8. It is worth mentioning that the orders of priests in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) have been recognised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The decision follows work by the Faith and Order Commission, in consultation with the Council for Christian Unity (CCU), on whether ACNA meets the criteria by which the C of E recognises the ministry of those whose orders are of Churches “within the historic episcopate and with whom the Church of England is not in communion”.

9. In light of recent events within the Anglican Communion, we unashamedly remain in full communion with our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church in North America.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of Egypt, Chairman

The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Archbishop of All Nigeria, Vice - Chairman

The Most Rev. Stanley Natagali, Archbishop of Uganda, Secretary General

The Most Rev. Moon Hing, Archbishop of S.E.Asia , treasurer

The Most Rev. Greg Venables, Archbishop of South America

The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo, Archbishop of Sudan

The Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, Archbishop of CPWA

The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop of Rwanda

The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Mynmar

The Most Rev . Zacharie MASIMANGO KATANDA , Archbishop of Congo

The Most Rev. Paul Sarker, Archbishop of Bangladesh

The Most Rev. Daniel Deng, Archbishop of South Sudan

You can also view the statement on the Global South website