Why I am bringing my emerging leaders…

As Bishop of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, I could not be more excited that we are hosting the ACNA’s third Provincial Assembly at Wheaton College this summer! Preparations are well underway. I am convinced that our gathering will be truly transformational, and I can’t wait to see you there.

photo: Michael Johnson

May I speak to our clergy and pastors just for a moment? Your presence with us is essential. But not only you. We are designing this Assembly as a place of inspiration and training for every member of your church, and especially for your next generation of leaders. Can you picture who those might be?

The Upper Midwest is a young diocese, and we launched with a strong value of raising up the next generation of leaders in the Church. At this event, everyone will:

  1. Learn from outstanding global leaders. My young leaders are hungry to hear from and worship with Anglican leaders from across the world who face poverty and persecution but whose churches are flourishing. Our international visitors are towering in influence: Michael Nazir Ali, Benjamin Kwashi, Tito Zavala, Miguel Uchoa, Gregory Venables, Jackson Ole Sapit, and Sammy Wainana.
  2. Reach every culture in your neighborhood. Wednesday evening’s “Global Worship Night” will be led by Resurrected Life International Church choir, a Greenhouse partner congregation in Chicago with members from 40 nationalities. There will be sessions on how to do real ministry between cultures including from Caminemos Juntos (Latino ministry), Jubilee (African American youth ministry). AMEN (Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network) and others. The first step to reaching today’s America for Jesus is to learn, love, and engage.
  3. Be equipped for mission on our doorstep. It is vital that committed Christ-followers engage the world faithfully. How do we respond to the brokenness in the world around us? How can I pray for others’ healing? How can I reach my college campus for Christ? What does racial reconciliation look like? What is the role of the church in the midst of urban poverty?

I encourage you: invite your emerging leaders. Bring a whole team of people who love the church and are looking to grow.

 

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