March 18, 2020

 

An Urgent Directive to the Clergy and Congregations of the Anglican Diocese of the West:

Mandatory Suspension of Church Gatherings

-- From: The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix Orji, OSB ECCK

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

 

Dear Friends,

 

Effective immediately, I am directing all parishes within our Diocese to suspend all church-related public gatherings for the next two weeks.  This includes all church services and social gatherings related to your church and congregations. If for some reason you feel you must continue to gather for worship, the Rector must inform me in writing and include the consent of the Vestry of the parish. Be aware that your decisions and actions may have legal implications for the church if mishandled. 

 

Please note this directive is for the next two weeks or more, depending on your local authorities, city ordinance, or state. This is a critical period in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus as stated recently by the Centers for Disease Control. I will alert you of future changes to this directive.

 

This action will demand a significant sacrifice for all of us. However, we must act now in the best interest of the common good so that our ministry and mission are not hindered in the future.  

 

I recommend the following actions to keep our congregations connected and engaged with the Church:  use your Internet and Social Media directors to set up a Live Stream every Sunday to allow parishioners to virtually attend services.  This can be done via your Church’s Facebook page or Instagram account.  You might also consider using another phone or digital camcorder to video your services and uploading those videos to your Church’s YouTube page for viewing at any time.

God will guide us in how to take advantage of digital applications to ensure that our congregations receive His word, pastoral care, and fellowship. 

 

The financial viability of parishes and our diocese is a legitimate concern for many clergy and vestries, so I strongly urge you to continue to give to your churches during this time.  

 

As we look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our Faith, I ask each of you to do whatever it takes within the bounds of faith and reason to support and encourage one another, especially the elderly and the vulnerable within and outside the church. He remains sovereign over us and our present circumstances. He is with us and will see us through. 

 

Let us continue steadfastly in prayer, trusting the Lord for his gracious and powerful intervention in protecting us, healing the sick, and glorifying his name in this time of crises. 

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Right Reverend Dr Felix Orji, OSB. 

Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West

Missionary Bishop | USA & Canada

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion). 

 

 
 

DEVELOPING A CHURCH PLANTING MINISTRY PLAN

Developing a Church Planting Ministry Plan

The Reverend Canon Scott Seely

This template is constructed merely as a tool to help potential planters achieve their goal of
launching and starting a new church. Each planter must have a well-thought out ministry plan which helps craft the method of approach and articulates the expressed vision. This template is broken down into four sections: 1) the envision phase, 2) implementation phase I, 3) implementation phase II, and 4) multiplication phase.

ENVISION PHASE

• A BRIEF CULTURAL EXEGETICAL SYNOPSIS
    o What is the narrative of concern and rationale for starting this church plant?
    o What are the demographics?
    o Is the desired area growing?
    o Is there a lack of churches in this region?

• VISION
    o What is unique about this church plant?
    o What is the alternative vision you see because of this church plant?
    o What is the long-term vision: (church planting church, house of prayer, café ministry)

Define where you want to go.

Begin to chart the course.

• GOALS, OBJECTIVES & PROJECTED TIMELINES
o Determine what is obtainable and realistic.
o How long will it take for you to reach key milestones?

• NEEDED RESOURCES
o Intercessors, Launch Team, Musicians, Ministry Partners, etc.

• FIRST YEAR BUDGET
o What monetary funds will be needed for the first year of the potential church plant?
o General Operations: (Stipends, Liability Insurance, Website, Digression Acct., etc.)
o UP—Worship: (Facilities, Bulletins, BCP, Bibles, Liturgical Items, etc.)
o IN—Discipleship: (Bible Studies Curriculums, Catechesis, etc.)
o OUT—Mission: (DOTW, Alpha, Missionaries, Justice & Mercy Ministries, etc.)

IMPLEMENTATION PHASE I

• ASSESSMENT, COACHING & TRAINING
o Basic ACT through DOTW
o Books, Conferences, Webinars, etc.

• CHURCH PLANTING MODEL
o Pioneering

 Missional Communities
 Fresh Expressions
 Parachute Drop

o Reproducing
 Mother-Daughter
 Neo-Minster

• MISSION/PURPOSE STATEMENT
o Biblical Mandate: Great Commission
o What are we doing?
o Be Specific and Clear.

• VALUES
o Motives: Why are we doing it?

IMPLMENTATION PHASE II

• STRATEGY
o How are we going to get there?
 (Big Launch, Soft Opening, House Church, Alpha, Small Groups, etc.)

• MEASUREMENT FOR SUCCESS
o Leadership
o Worship
o IN-Reach
o Evangelism and OUT-Reach
o Connecting and Assimilating New Members into the Community

• LAUNCH/START DATE
o Late August/Early September in Conjunction with Fall School Semester?
o Advent?
o Palm Sunday/Easter?

MULTIPLICATION PHASE

• RECRUITMENT
o Identifying Key Leaders
o Building a Discipleship Culture
 Huddles

• TRAINING/EQUIPPING
o Apprenticeship
 What type of character does the potential planter have?
 What type of capacity and competence does the potential planter have?
o Online Classes, etc.

• DEPLOYMENT
o Identifying New Frontiers
o Is the timing right?
o Releasing Resources (People, Finances, etc.)

• REVIEW
o High Accountability
o Low Control
o Ongoing Guidance/Wisdom

This template is comprised of teaching received from The Rev. Canon Dr. John MacDonald at Trinity School for Ministry, The Rev. Canon Dr. Tom Herrick at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and The Rev. Mike Breen from 3DM Ministries.

Two More Links for Your Reference:
ACNA Church Planting:
http://www.always-forward.org/

The I-35 Initiative:
http://www.35for35.org/