Guiding future Anglican leaders toward their full potential
during a four-week retreat in Charleston, South Carolina
In his 2014 Convention Address, Bishop Mark Lawrence called for the creation of a leadership training initiative that would bring future leaders in the Anglican Communion to South Carolina for periods of study, teaching, reflection, and nurture.
The Anglican Leadership Institute (ALI) is a response to Bishop Lawrence's call.
We offer men and women with a proven track of ministry a chance to spend a month in community under the guidance of expert leaders who have exercised faithful and effective ministry in their own contexts.
Global Anglican leaders will nominate those with distinctive leadership potential for submission to the Session.
Once chosen, these candidates will receive coverage from ALI for travel, visa, training and residential expenses, as well as any other out-of-pocket costs during the retreat.
Seventeen participants have come together from all corners of the Anglican Communion for three weeks on Martha's Vineyard to be refreshed, renewed, and challenged to grow into the leaders God has called us to be.
As we conclude our Institute we have covenanted together to remember each other before God in prayer.
We wish to reaffirm our commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. We reaffirm our belief in the Holy Scriptures as God’s inspired and inerrant Word.
We also reaffirm our ordination vows to be diligent in prayer, to faithfully preach the Word of God, to administer the sacraments and to live holy lives.
We commit ourselves to stand firm on the teaching of the historic creeds, the Thirty-Nine Articles and especially on the clear teaching of Scripture on human sexuality.
We commit ourselves to stand alongside and in solidarity with all faithfully orthodox Anglicans throughout our Communion. We seek to maintain the faith once delivered and to chase away all error from our churches.
We have been greatly blessed by God during our time in community together. Over the past three weeks we have been deeply moved and saddened by the stories of martyrdom shared by our brothers and sisters from Nigeria, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. We are alarmed that the Anglican Communion has been so silent in the face of such atrocities against our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been made aware of the increasing Islamization of Africa and the statistical information that if birth rates continue as at present then Europe will be an Islamic continent by 2050.
We have been deeply moved by the accounts of our brothers and sisters in India standing firm in the face of persecution. We have been moved to seek God’s face in prayer for these situations.
We commit ourselves to the work of raising up new lay and ordained leaders.
We leave the Anglican Leadership Institute with a renewed sense of our calling to servant leadership in our vocations. We also leave with a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit who enables us to do all things in Christ to the glory of God.