From AMiA to AMSMAW?

It turns out that unnamed leaders from the AM did meet in Chicago yesterday. The AM issued a press release telling us that the Inaugural Assembly will occur in Atlanta on July 31st. The meeting in Chicago was the Inaugural Convocation. I haven’t seen any pictures from it, nor have I seen names associated with the documents, other than H. Miller’s on the PDF of the draft Constitution.

What follows are my comments on some snippets of the press release, but for a better look at it, see the comments on this thread over at Stand Firm.

The Anglican Mission Society for Mission and Apostolic Works Commits to a Vision for the Future

Is this really the name now? Is it “theAM”, the AMSfMaAW, or the AMSMAW?

Research indicates that adaptive change is necessary for evangelism in today’s world,

I was curious as to what ‘research’ indicates this, so I Googled it and found this quote:

“…our churches have begun to make that adaptive change necessary for evangelism in an unchurched world;”

That was from a paper by some named David C. Schoen located here.

It has been said that “today’s challenges are based on yesterday’s successes.”

I’m not sure where that has been said, although I do find this:

“…today’s challenges can be fixed by yesterday’s success stories…”

From a book called “Sincerely, Jesus” by Ed Goble.The statement goes on to list the adaptive challenge:

Our adaptive challenge now is to continue to reflect theologically, strategize and work collaboratively within our Mission Society to effectively evangelize in local contexts through church planting.

This is exactly what the AMiA was doing for the last twelve years. It is also the task of every church based on the Great Commission. What is new about it?

The primary and most significant shift is systemic as the Anglican Mission adopts a vocational model of mission reflecting the Celtic approach of St. Patrick.

I’ll have to look into this.

Changes include oversight by a College of Consultors, rethinking networks and their role, developing specific episcopal portfolios for bishops and a vision for “hub churches” that will drive our commitment to equipping leaders and planting churches. TheAM will be streamlined for efficiency and effectiveness, and we are committed to improving the nature of our coaching and support for new church plants as well as existing congregations who may be experiencing a plateau.

This idea of a “hub church” can be seen elsewhere, such as here and here. The rest of this boils down to the now familiar “College of Consultors” idea and some corporate world lingo. The statement is notable for what it does not mention, such as:

* The Articles of Religion

* The Congo



* The Jerusalem Declaration

* The AMiA Solemn Declaration

* Who was in attendance

Oh well.

3 thoughts on “From AMiA to AMSMAW?”

  1. I look forward to hearing your ideas on the Celtic model. I don’t know what he means, and I teach church history (though I’m not a specialist in the area of Ireland). What I know is that Patrick used a lot of nature images (as did David, and Jesus, and lots of others), that abbots of monasteries were, in practice, superior to bishops, that his mission was heavily based on the establishments of monasteries (common to the period), and that he was a firm believer in spiritual warfare. How that all translates into church planting in America remains to be seen. I hope you will turn up more. I must be missing something here…

  2. I was there… there was nothing secretive or “unnamed” about the meeting. i think most everyone in attendance had a name

    1. Thanks Mr. Aycock. I’m sure everyone did have a name, it’s just that we don’t see them on the documents. Also, there was radio silence leading up to the meeting, at least in terms of public information.

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